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ADVANCED MEDICAL SPANISH - SYSTEMS & ORGANS OF THE HUMAN BODY

Learn how to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and/or their families in a health setting through the right terminology and key grammatical structures



TYPE OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

Accelerated Course.



LENGTH

25 hours (2 weeks).



FREQUENCY OF COURSE OFFERINGS

Twice a year (May and September).



LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

Spanish (mostly) and English (occasionally, as needed).



WHO SHOULD APPLY

Medical personnel (doctors, nurses, nurses’ aides, EMTs), nursing students, and other health practitioners and professionals working with Hispanic populations who wish to better understand and communicate with their patients.



COURSE OFFERINGS AND COURSE CALENDAR

The course will be offered every May and September. It will start on the first Monday of each month and run for two consecutive weeks. Synchronous class meetings will take place each Friday from 5:30 pm through 7:30 pm (US EST).



REGISTRATION PERIOD AND APPLICATION DEADLINE

Registration will be open on a rolling basis and will close the Monday prior to the start of the course (last Monday of April or August) by 11:59 pm (US EST).



CAPACITY

Minimum, eight participants. Maximum, twelve participants.



CREDITS (ECTS)

One.



COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course focuses on the study of the Spanish terminology and key grammatical structures needed to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and/or their families in a medical/health setting. It will introduce participants to a wide array of vocabulary particular to the human body, body systems, organs, and their functioning. Individual/asynchronous class time will be devoted to practicing and internalizing new vocabulary, readings, listening, and written activities. Synchronous time will be used for conversational practice and role-play activities. Participants will gain a vast knowledge of medical Spanish terms (both formal and colloquial registers) and a better understanding of the Hispanic culture, while further developing their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language is advisable, as both Spanish (mostly) and English will be used for class instruction.



COURSE PURPOSE AND EXPECTED PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOME

The course has been designed for participants to achieve a proficient communicative competence in medical Spanish through the practice of pronunciation and grammatical structures, as well as the acquisition of terminology within the context of the health professions.



By successfully completing the course, participants will

  1. Acquire a sound, in-depth vocabulary related to the human body, its functioning, organs, and systems, and be able to use this terminology effectively in the appropriate communicative situation.
  2. Understand and be able to respond to basic patient concerns related to their body and/or organs.
  3. Be able to sustain a basic conversation with a Spanish native speaker related to health issues using present and past tenses.
  4. Be able to give basic commands and offer recommendations to patients (appropriate use of the subjunctive mood).
  5. Be able to ask questions related to the patient’s personal information and health history.
  6. Be familiar with numbers, amounts, and measuring units used in the Hispanic world.



COURSE CONTENT

Week 1

Module 1: The skeleton

Module 2: The digestive system. Organs and functions

Module 3: The respiratory system. Organs and functions

Friday (synchronous class meeting): Conversational practice and role-play activities



Grammatical & cultural topics covered in Week 1:

(i) Asking questions – question words and sentence structure

(ii) Agreements (article-noun-adjective)

(iii) Overview of Present tense

(iv) Numbers

(v) Common false friends in the medical field



Week 2

Module 4: The cardiovascular system. Organs and functions

Module 5: The urinary system. Organs and functions

Module 6: The reproductive system. Organs and functions

Friday (synchronous class meeting): Conversational practice and role-play activities



Grammatical & cultural topics covered in Week 2:

(vi) Expressing time: for how long and how long ago

(vii) Ser & Estar: Expressing feelings and changing conditions

(viii) Formal commands (usted/ustedes)

(ix) Present perfect (to express/inquire about experiences in the past)

(x) Hispanic names

(xi) Units of measure



HOW TO APPLY AND REGISTER

Via Woolf’s Hieronymus College registration link.



REMARKS

(a) Once the course reaches its maximum registration capacity, additional applicants will be guaranteed a seat next time the course is offered, for which a strict application order will be followed.

(b) In the event the course does not meet the minimum application required, Hieronymus College reserves the right to cancel it.

(c) Registered participants will have a one-time option of (i) getting a refund on all paid fees or (ii) transferring their registration to a future offering of the same course.



TEACHING MODE

The course will be delivered fully online. Most lessons (lectures and assignments) will be taught asynchronously. Materials may be accessed at any time to be completed at the participants' own pace/availability. Approximately 20% of the course (2 hours each week) will be taught synchronously, though, so that participants may have the opportunity to practice their listening and conversational skills in real-time sessions. Participants are expected to join the live meetings each course Friday from 5:30 pm through 7:30 pm (US EST).



COURSE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

All materials and resources are included in the course price and will be available to participants once they have applied, registered, and paid the tuition fee.



METHODOLOGY

  • Lessons will be delivered via PowerPoint presentations. Presentations will include text readings, audio files, and visuals to aid in comprehension of the new vocabulary, listening, and written activities. Modules are to be covered individually by participants in an asynchronous manner. It is expected for participants to cover and work on 3 modules each week (approximately 10-12 hours of work, depending on individual pace).
  • Participants will meet synchronously each Friday (2 Fridays in total) for two hours (5:30 pm through 7:30 pm, US EST). During those two hours, participants will engage in oral practice of the material covered that given week, through conversational and role-play activities.
  • Participants will submit all weekly assignments by Thursday at 11:59 pm (US EST). The tutor will check completion and progress and will provide feedback.



GRADING AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the course, provided they submit all required assignments by their due date and take an active part in the three scheduled synchronous class meetings. There will be no final exam.



PREREQUISITES

Intermediate Level of Spanish.

    Application requirements

    Applicants should do the following:

    • Fill out and verify your profile.
    • Optionally, you may wish to note any disabilities which you think relevant to your application.
  • Accreditation: Unaccredited
  • Total workload: 25 hours
  • Requires extra purchases (outside texts, etc.): No, all materials included
  • ID verification: Required
  • Admission requirements: Application required
  • Minimum education requirement for students: None