Kalamazoo Valley offers Spanish Class for Medical Professionals


A “Spanish for the Medical Professional” course is being offered at Kalamazoo Valley Community College beginning in May. The course runs from May 15 to June 28 on Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Spanish for the Medical Professional addresses the needs of healthcare professionals with little or no background in the Spanish language. Students develop communicative proficiency in the use of the Spanish language in medical settings with Spanish-speaking patients. The goal of Spanish for the Medical Professional is to make it possible for students to communicate in Spanish with patients whose dominant language is Spanish.

Class time involves considerable practice with pronunciation and verbal stress as well as training the ear to learn to listen to Spanish for meaning. Activities will include role-play, practicing scenarios to include brief conversations and medical interviews and expanding vocabulary with emphasis on medical terminology encountered in a medical environment with Spanish-speaking patients. There is limited emphasis on grammar and students will learn ways in which to be communicative with only a few basic “conversation starters” as well as giving affirmative and negative commands.

There will also be a focus on developing relationships with Spanish-speaking patients and understanding their cultural values and expectations in efforts to avoid misunderstandings.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College a partir del mes de mayo ofrece un curso de “Español para el profesional de la medicina”. El curso comienza el 15 de mayo al 28 de junio el lunes y el miércoles de 5:30 a 18:45.

Course Fee / Precio del Curso: $175 plus cost of book

($25/will be available first day of class).

Course Location/ Ubicación del Curso: Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center,

7107 Elm Valley Drive Kalamazoo, 49009.

For more information contact/ Para más información comunicate

Melody Woods, Program Coordinator, at mwoods@kvcc.edu, or 269.353.1290.

To register, go to www.kvcc.edu/trainingschedule.