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INTRODUCTORY SPANISH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (CUL-221194)

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Course Description:


This course has been designed for students who have had no previous experience with Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Students will have an opportunity to learn functional grammar, vocabulary and cultural concepts to apply in interactions at work. The major goal of this course is to facilitate better communication between health care providers and the growing Spanish-speaking community in the United States.

All language skills will be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be required to practice weekly speaking and listening skills in real time over the Internet with the instructor and/or teaching assistants. This is a very intensive course and students should be prepared to devote a significant amount of time to it. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. Students who do have advanced knowledge of Spanish cannot take this course.

Important Note: this course was renamed effective the September 2011 term and was formerly offered as Spanish for Health Care Professionals. Students who have successfully completed 221194 should not enroll in this course.

Students will be required to practice weekly speaking and listening skills in real time over the Internet with the instructor and/or teaching assistants. Students should be available for 45 minutes for oral practices scheduled between 7:30-9:00 PM EST at least twice a week. Special accommodations will be made for army students.

Note: this course will use voice-chat activities over the Internet. Students taking this course will need to make sure they have access to a computer that meets the minimum technological requirements which are outlined at the links below. Before enrolling, students should know how to successfully use or have tested the web conferencing service on their computer. See the links below for more information about hardware requirements, testing and using the web conferencing software:

Mac Users: Elluminate supports Macintosh OS X and higher. If your Mac is running OS 9 or lower, you will need to notify your instructor immediately at the start of the term to make arrangements regarding Elluminate.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Foreign Language.



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Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Foreign Language-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 2. Summer. Fall 2.

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