DSayers wrote: Language dialogues, to be memorized, focus on preparing State Department officials on how to introduce US agricultural and industrial methods in underdeveloped countries.
So keep a weather eye out, if that is not your cup of tea, and learn the language structures while avoiding outdated ideologies.
It's so true. I used a Cold-War course at school back in 1978 as an introduction to Russian. Some of the first vocabulary lessons included, as I recall, words like "absolutism", "marxism", "advance guard", and an inordinate amount of geography terms for a beginning language course.
But the good news is, no matter what sort of phrases are on offer with FSI courses, one gets a feel
for the language, and an idea of what it sounds like in general. Not to mention that the prospective student could surprise native speakers with terms that a beginner would be unlikely to know. Heheheh.