Language for Special Purposes


Each semester, the CLS offers opportunities for members of the Yale community to study a language for special purposes (LSP). In LSP courses, participants pursue language and culture study in specific disciplines, such as medicine, business, law, or other areas.

Although these courses do not currently translate to course credit, many Yale graduate and professional school students, administrators, staff, and others are nonetheless strongly motivated to pursue such forms of language study to satisfy specific career or professional needs.

Spanish Course Offerings

Spanish for Health Care Professionals is a hybrid course offered in Fall 2016 by the Yale Center for Language Study.  This hybrid course will meet two times a week: one time in a traditional classroom on campus (face-to-face) and another time online.  All students in this course will be required to have a laptop, a headset, and access to the high speed Internet to participate in the online component of the class.  During the online meetings, the students will be expected to be in a quiet space where they will be able to participate in online oral discussions.  The course site is located in Canvas and the online meetings will use the online conference tool Big Blue Button in Canvas.

Classes will begin September 19, 2016, and will conclude by November 11, 2016.  Please note that the Intermediate Level 2 course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. and the Beginning Level 1 course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  Monday classes will meet face-to-face in Room 211 (the room may change), Hope Building, Medical School, while Wednesday classes will be held online.

Also, a special optional review/make-up course will be held at the end of each course (normally prior to the administration of the Final Exam) which will allow students to make-up one excused absence.

The course fee is $140 for students enrolled in a participating Yale Department or Program.  The course fee for students not enrolled at Yale is $175, payable to the Yale University prior the start of the first class.

You will be refunded the course fee if you drop within the first week (no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2016). Should you drop after the first week, you (or your Program/School) will be responsible for the full course fee.

The final component of your registration involves a brief placement test meant to gauge your current abilities and to assist us in placing you in an appropriate course.  The placement test, including a video clip and a brief digital recording component, will ideally take no longer than 20 minutes of your time.

If you have any questions, please contact us at  If you have any questions for the instructor, please contact Deborah Symons at

For information, please contact Minjin Hashbat.