Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

SPN 311 is an advanced conversation course dedicated to the development of Spanish language skills applicable to the field of healthcare and the work of medical professionals. Through a variety of communicative strategies such as class discussions, role-playing, and presentations, students will develop an awareness and understanding of healthcare issues for non-English speaking populations, will learn how to provide and obtain confidential patient-physician information, and will exchange opinions in a culturally sensitive environment.  Through the use of authentic texts (written and audiovisual) students will strengthen their ability to communicate, identify and interpret main ideas and important details.  At all times the students will be aware of socio-cultural nuances in writing, reading, and oral speech. Emphasis will be placed on the students’ versatility when challenged to use different language registers and communicative strategies in Spanish. The class will be conducted in Spanish.