Online Course

Basic Spanish for Service Professionals

This 8 week, online, self-paced course is  is designed to give mental health and social service professionals the basic communication tools in order to be able to interact with Spanish speaking clients.  By learning achieving basic Spanish language proficiency, helping professionals can do their part to decrease language barriers and social isolation in the Latinx community.  Furthermore, collectively we can begin to create bridges for connection and wellness and work to advance social justice.  

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Course Overview

Week 1

  • Course Introduction and Orientation

  • Spanish Alphabet

  • Spanish Sounds

  • Days of the Week, Months, Seasons

  • Telling Time

  • Greetings and Common Phrases

  • Verb: Hablar (to speak)

Week 2

  • Basic Verb Conjugation (Present Tense)

  • Pronouns

  • Question Words

  • Agreement of Adjectives and Reverse Order Rule

  • Professions

  • Feelings

  • Verb: Tener (to have)

Week 3

  • Family Roles

  • Basic Information Gathering

  • Tense: Future

  • States of Being

  • Verbs: Ser and Estar (to be)

Week 4

  • Discussing and Reviewing Basic Needs and Social Problems

  • Verb Conjugation: Ir (to go)

Week 5

  • Exploring Symptoms

  • Discussing Mental Health Conditions and Substance Abuse

  • Tense: Present Progressive

Week 6

  • Domestic Violence

  • Trauma

  • Parts of the Body

  • Tense: Past Preterit

Week 7

  • Immigration

  • Tense: Past Imperfect

Week 8

  • Putting it All Together: Conducting an Intake

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FAQs

What level of Spanish can I expect to speak after this course?

This course is designed to provide social service professionals with basic communication tools in order to be able to interact with Spanish speaking clients.  At the end of this course you should feel confident enough to conduct an intake, make referrals, answer phones and provide basic assistance.  What you get out of this course ultimately depends on the effort you put in.  Developing  language skills requires consistency and dedication.

Do I need to know any Spanish in order to be successful in this course?

This course is designed to meet learners with varying levels of Spanish experience ranging from none to moderate.

What level of Spanish can I expect to speak after this course?

This course is designed to provide social service professionals with basic communication tools in order to be able to interact with Spanish speaking clients.  At the end of this course you should feel confident enough to conduct an intake, make referrals, answer phones and provide basic assistance.  What you get out of this course ultimately depends on the effort you put in.  Developing  language skills requires consistency and dedication.

What level of Spanish can I expect to speak after this course?

This course is designed to provide social service professionals with basic communication tools in order to be able to interact with Spanish speaking clients.  At the end of this course you should feel confident enough to conduct an intake, make referrals, answer phones and provide basic assistance.  What you get out of this course ultimately depends on the effort you put in.  Developing  language skills requires consistency and dedication.

What level of Spanish can I expect to speak after this course?

This course is designed to provide social service professionals with basic communication tools in order to be able to interact with Spanish speaking clients.  At the end of this course you should feel confident enough to conduct an intake, make referrals, answer phones and provide basic assistance.  What you get out of this course ultimately depends on the effort you put in.  Developing  language skills requires consistency and dedication.

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