Legal English at FIU plus Law Workshops
Lingua Language Center’s Interactive Online Legal English Program plus
Law Workshops at Florida International University (FIU)
Law school and legal skills present difficulties for all students, even those who are native speakers. If English is not a student’s native language, that student experiences additional challenges. Most students taking law classes are subjected to a completely new vocabulary. “Legalese” or “lawspeak” is an academic skill that even native speakers must study to learn, if they are to be an effective member of the legal profession.
Many of the skills related to completing law school successfully are language skills. These include writing, reading, listening, analytic and oral presentation skills. The Legal English course focuses on providing the student the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in an English-speaking legal environment, with specific focus on legal vocabulary, oral and written argumentation, public speaking, and an overview of the American legal system.
Our direct approach to language training will enable students to communicate effectively and confidently in a variety of situations. Since cross-cultural communication has become imperative to achieve social, professional, and academic success, all our programs emphasize the culture of the countries where the language of study is spoken and the Legal English course will additionally emphasize the specific legal vocabulary. Language structures and vocabulary presented in the context of oral interaction will give students prompt command of the legal jargon.
Classes are practical and client-centered. Teachers plan and structure activities using the theory of Multiple Intelligences and acknowledging the students’ individual learning styles. Oral communication is primarily emphasized. Students will communicate in the target language through oral drills, role-playing, discussions, conversations, and other practical techniques.
Interactive Online Classes
Lingua’s interactive online format allows for full interaction between instructor and students and student-to-student. Our state-of-the-art, collaborative virtual classroom platform allows for stimulating audiovisuals and provides students with a class experience comparable to in-person instruction with an online whiteboard, breakout rooms, and screen sharing capabilities.