Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Spanish for Health Care Professionals is a free language course designed for students with no previous experience with the Spanish language. The course is designed with six Learning Modules, with specific learning outcomes (goals) for each Module. Mastery of each Learning Module is generally dependent upon content mastery of the previous Module, and content can be mixed and matched appropriately. All lessons and tools provided by LEAF are accessible under the Creative Commons license.

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Course Objectives and Resources

Identity and Self 

Spanish for Health Care Professionals @ FLCC will encourage students to engage in social situations concerning themselves and their immediate sphere of influence including interacting with colleagues, clients, and common tools of the trade. Students will secure an identity and a sense of self in Spanish-speaking health care professions. (Health Care, Nursing, Medical).

Module 1
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Harlan Hogan
Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Meeting people and starting conversations.
  • Identifying common objects in health care environments.
  • Utilizing fundamental grammatical structures to communicate ideas.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text and expressing insights, reactions, and reflections in writing.
  • Investigating research and writing resources/services in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 2
“To remember where you come from is part of where you are going.” – Anthony Burgess
Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Describing people, places, and things with adjectives.
  • Identifying common health care ailments and methods of treatment.
  • Utilizing the verb [SER] with basic biographical information.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text and expressing insights, reactions, and reflections in writing.
  • Researching and selecting a topic in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 3
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Utilizing numbers 0-1000 with objects.
  • Indicating possession and age with the verb [TENER].
  • Identifying internal organs and basic elements of the skeletal system.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text and expressing insights, reactions, and reflections in writing.
  • Conducting research and creating an MLA-formatted Bibliography in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 4
“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens
Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Engaging common actions occurring in the present.
  • Identifying days, months, seasons, and the current date.
  • Describing when certain events are occurring.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text and expressing insights, reactions, and reflections in writing.
  • Creating an MLA-formatted Annotated Bibliography in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 5
“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare
Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Engaging common actions occurring in the present.
  • Telling time using the 12 and 24 hour clocks.
  • Identifying professions and titles in the health care workplace.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text and expressing insights, reactions, and reflections in writing.
  • Extracting useful data from sources in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 6
“The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Identifying common places in health care facilities.
  • Expressing the intent to go places and do things.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text and expressing insights, reactions, and reflections in writing.
  • Synthesizing data into a product for a final creative project.