As a medical professional, not knowing a bit of Spanish, the instructor made it easy to understand and fun to follow along by using the stories of Hector and Maria.
The course was informative and useful. I feel that I was exposed to a lot of material that will help me when conversing with my Spanish speaking patients."
I enjoyed the course immensely and will take more Spanish courses. Thanks!"
This course was very helpful and had a lot of useful information in it. It was very refreshing to know that the instructor didn't expect us to know everything and be able to speak fluently at the end of the course. I enjoyed her teaching style and it made reading the lessons enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this course to my co-workers!! Great job everybody!"
It was very helpful in my work as an RN. Looking forward to trying out my new language on Spanish speakers to see how well they think I did!"
Thank you for this excellent course! It has been extremely helpful for me. I love your style of teaching."
Thank you for this course! It was very helpful. I'm still in the early stages of Spanish learning, and your approach, "Survival Spanish", emphasizing basic grammar/sentence structure and vocabulary learning, has helped me in ways I have not seen anywhere else. By not over-emphasizing complex grammar and verb conjugations in the beginning, it's been much easier to get a start just using the language to communicate, and build up confidence first."
I really, really enjoyed Ms. Tara! The way she involved you with the virtual families was great. There were serious moments, (those verbs), fun moments with Hector, Maria, and the Acostas and so much love with Javier and Pili. Just a wonderful, wonderful learning experience and I really did learn a lot. I always thought learning Spanish would be difficult and frustrating, but Ms. Tara made is easy and fun. Thank you so very much! Ms. Tara is an excellent instructor and I would recommend her class to anyone and everyone. Thank you!"
This was the best foreign language class that I have ever taken! The content was paced well and very relevant to the health care field. The summary sheets and vocabulary lists along with the suggestions for supplemental reading were invaluable resources. The patient vignettes were fun and respected cultural differences. The teacher anticipated areas of confusion and provided guidance. I would recommend this course to any health care colleague working with Spanish speaking patients."
Wonderful course! Very approachable and not too difficult. Every person working in the medical profession who interacts with Spanish speaking patients should take this course!"
Course Code: smp
¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome!) In our first lesson, you'll master the building blocks of Spanish. You'll discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. After that, you'll learn how to count from 0 to 19. In the second lesson of the week, you'll learn the Spanish words for family members, and pick up some handy phrases for conversing with patients and their families. In addition, you'll learn about pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish.
These lessons, you'll power up your Spanish vocabulary by learning the words for colors and directions. In addition, you'll find out how to count all the way to 199—and you'll learn six handy prepositions to improve your sentence-building. You'll want lots of action words in your repertoire, so you’ll learn a super-simple conjugation system. In addition, you'll learn about two interesting verbs that mean "to be": ser and estar.
You'll begin by taking a look at the parts of the body, and you'll learn the words for everything from teeth to toes. After that, you'll peek inside the body, and talk about internal organs. You'll delve into the Spanish vocabulary for common medical conditions. You'll also discover the magic of the word ¿Cuál? and explore other ways to ask questions. In addition, we'll talk about Spanish words for hours of the day, days of the week, and months of the year.
These lesson's vocabulary words can help you respond quickly in medical crises. In addition, you'll learn words for describing medical tests, treatments, and procedures, so you can inform and reassure patients, and you'll look at terms you can use to talk about medications. Then you'll add more words to your vocabulary for discussing common medical problems. In addition, you'll look at words for instructing patients during a medical exam.
You'll visit the patient care floors and learn words for everything from bedpans to pillows to call buttons. You'll also discover lots of new words for talking about time, including explaining visiting hours. You’ll then explore words for feelings so you can relate to patients. Next you'll learn a new set of verbs that will help you talk with patients during admittance or discharge. In addition, you'll look at words for talking about insurance and payments.
These lessons cover pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Then you'll move on to pediatrics and explore words related to young patients. Moving on to adults, you'll look at words for discussing cancer symptoms, tests, and treatments, and explore ways to assess the mental status of a patient. In addition, you'll look at Spanish words for various diets, and finally, you'll discover the little word "hay" and find out why it packs a powerful punch.
Tara Bradley Williams has authored several Spanish textbooks and occupational Spanish reference guides, including the "¡A Conversar!" and "¡A Trabajar!" series. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and community college levels for over 10 years. She has also operated a Spanish language school and served as a medical interpreter. Tara has BA degrees in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and an MA in Higher Education and Adult Studies from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.