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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
Medical Spanish - Language & Culture II
Elective Number: (Oasis E18n) 3515
Course Supervisors: Dr. Beatriz Cortabarria
Designated Signer: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, 434.924.5974; email@example.com
Available: Rotation 12
Prerequisite: Students must have prior knowledge of Spanish from high school or college coursework or fairly extensive field service.
Time to Report: TBA
Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities office, Barringer 5
Attendance: A student may not take time away during this rotation.
• Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Instructor and make arrangements to make up for the absence.
Number of students per rotation: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 25
Course Description: This course is designed to help develop communicative proficiency and intercultural competence to be able to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients in a variety of health care situations in the United States. The course combines targeted language instruction with authentic medical material provided by the clinical interviews presented in the book to help students build on the language skills and cultural knowledge acquired in the Medical Spanish I course or through prior learning.
Additional readings and films, selected for their medical and/or cultural interest, will give students an opportunity to experience the language and culture close up.
Students learn to communicate clearly and effectively in Spanish in order to carry out successfully everyday communicative tasks (e.g. greeting, describing, giving instructions and recommendations, narrating events in the present and in the past, and hypothesizing).
Learning objectives: By the end of four weeks, students are able to:
• Interview and manage a patient in the clinical setting using Spanish
Students entering the course must have at least a basic working knowledge of conversational Spanish and are strongly encouraged to refresh their knowledge using audiotapes in the weeks leading up to the course. Instruction does not dwell on grammar and vocabulary fundamentals but, rather, adds medical terms, medically related phraseology and idioms, language for specific clinical situations (admissions, emergencies, etc.), and health-related cultural information to students' working knowledge of Spanish. The course also gives students opportunities to practice Spanish in mock medical settings. Cultural studies include readings, guest presentations, case studies, role-plays, and student-initiated activities and projects. The instructor will evaluate students' language proficiency and cultural awareness on the basis of class performance and participation, presentations, and, possibly, quizzes or tests.
This course meets for a total of ten hours per
week in the late afternoon/evening for four
through Thursday. Class
is fast-paced and it is mostly conducted
in Spanish. Some additional class
time may be
scheduled to accommodate clinic and/or community
visits and cultural activities. Students
should expect to invest a minimum of 15-20
hours of their own time each week in language practice
assigned texts (approximate