Medical Spanish

Offered in Spring 2017        REGISTER

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals: Level 1 (Beginner)

This 8 week beginner course is tailored to the needs of students with some prior Spanish language experience and for those who have been without practice for a significant period of time. Its main purpose is to introduce and develop the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to facilitate basic communication and negotiate a number of primary difficulties posed by an English-Spanish language barrier between patients and providers. Students will begin acquiring the key vocabulary, useful phrases and critical grammatical elements that they will need to engage in practical dialogue. In particular, classes will be focused on developing students’ oral and aural abilities in order to prepare them to ask for, obtain, and effectively communicate essential information in real-world contexts.

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals: Level 2 (Intermediate-Low)

This 8 week intermediate-low course has been designed for students with a basic familiarity of Spanish fundamentals. Ideally, students will have previously studied the language at the high school level for one to three years and will be already somewhat comfortable engaging in basic conversations related to simple topics. The aim of this course is to both solidify and improve upon existing abilities, with a focus on applying these skills to medically related contexts. More in-depth cultural considerations will be an important component in addition to practicing specific tasks, such as taking a patient’s basic medical history and discussing a variety of common health issues. The acquisition of basic as well as more specialized terminology will also be emphasized. Beyond focusing on the sharpening of existing oral and aural abilities, the intermittent inclusion of reading and basic writing exercises will serve to enhance students’ communicative resources.

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals: Level 3 (Intermediate-High) [not offered Spring 2017]

This 8 week intermediate-high course has been designed for students who already have a solid command of Spanish fundamentals. Students looking to begin at this level will have previously studied the language at the university level for one to two years and will be fully capable of engaging in conversations related to an array of topics in the target language. The aim of this course is to improve upon existing abilities, with a clear focus on language development within medical contexts. More in-depth cultural and real world considerations will be an important component in addition to practicing more elaborate tasks, such as taking a patient’s full medical history and discussing/explaining a wider variety of health issues. The acquisition of more advanced/specialized terminology will also be emphasized. Beyond focusing on the sharpening of existing oral and aural abilities, the frequent inclusion of reading and writing exercises will serve to enhance students’ communicative repertoire.

Application and Registration/Placement

Registration and placement testing for Spring 2017 is now open.

Questions/Additional Information

For questions or additional information, please contact Minjin Hashbat.