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ers go through a weeklong course on
training tradecraft.
SZ:
Are you seeing any spikes
in enrollment in language courses?
RW:
I think language training
across the board has grown a lot
since 2005. Some of that is due to
very robust hiring. Newly hired
officers are getting more weeks of training than be-
fore. The big five are French, Spanish, Arabic, Chi-
nese and Russian. There’s been a serious increase in
the number of Chinese-language students.
SZ:
Are you still doing any language training in
shifts?
RW:
Some, but that was eased considerably when
we added new facilities two years ago. Part of the use
of shifts was simply because we did not have enough
classrooms. The new addition has 135,000 square feet
of space, and since a large per-
centage of that went to the lan-
guage school, shifts aren’t as need-
ed as before.
SZ:
Do Eligible Family Members
and Members of Household get
training?
RW:
Even in some of FSI’s most
in-demand courses, eligible family members can enroll
on a space-available basis; many of them take languages.
We also have more than 30 fantastic courses that are de-
signed and run through the Transition Center specifically
for EFMs, including same-sex domestic partners. Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that
expansion in June 2009.
SZ:
Have you implemented any changes in area stud-
ies?
RW:
We still teach area studies in two primary ways.
F
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“There are very high
numbers of people saying:
‘I’m putting into practice
what I’ve learned [at FSI].’”