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  Course Outlines:
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THESE ARE OUR SPANISH COURSE OUTLINES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS & HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS (the streamlined 16-hour classes meet for 2 hours for 8 weeks; the 33-hour classes meet for 3 hours for 11 weeks.)
 


   

 6) Spanish for Law Enforcement, P.O.S.T. Level 2:
33-hour Officer/Deputy Course

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First Class
Course introduction
SCENARIO: Traffic Citation 1
Review of level I basic vocabulary and structure, Lessons 1-4, Book 1
Vehicles, Vehicle Parts
Structure: more irregular verbs
Reading selection
Culture: Spanglish Terms I
Second Class
Lesson 5, "Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, 3rd Ed, Book 1"
(Oral warm-up and new vocabulary practice, assignment of quizzes and written homework, Reading selection are repeated at the beginning of all classes.)
SCENARIO: Traffic Citation 2
Weapons
Structure: near future
Reading selection
Culture: Spanglish Terms II
Third Class
Lesson 6, Book 2
SCENARIO: Low-risk Vehicle Stop, Part 1
Buildings, Rooms of House
Structure: estar + estar adjectives
Reading selection
Culture: Spanish Sayings, Part I
Fourth Class
Lesson 6, Book 2
SCENARIO: Low-risk Vehicle Stop, Part 2
City Terms
Tener Expressions
Structure: estar vs. ser
Reading selection
Culture: Spanish Sayings, Part II
Fifth Class
Lesson 7, Book 2
SCENARIO: Custody Search/Medical
Possessive Adjectives, -a commands
Furniture
Structure: possessive adjectives
Reading selection
Culture: Spanish Sayings, Part III
Sixth Class
Lesson 7, Book 2
SCENARIO: Complete Low-risk Vehicle Stop
Misdemeanors
Structure: more irregular verbs
Reading selection
Culture: Slang and Survival Terms I
Seventh Class
Lesson 7, Book 2
High-risk Vehicle Stop, Part 1
Crimes and Criminals
Review e-commands, a-commands & special commands
Structure: stem-changing verbs
Reading selection
Culture: Slang and Survival Terms II
Eighth Class
Lesson 8, Book 2
High-risk Vehicle Stop, Part 2
Special commands, Prepositions, Food: breakfast and lunch
Structure: prepositions of location and time + special commands
Reading selection
Culture: Diminutives and Terms of Endearment I
Ninth Class
Lesson 8, Book 2
SCENARIO: Narcotics Raid
Prepositions
Food: dinner, dessert, drinks
Structure: recent past
Reading selection
Culture: Diminutives and Terms of Endearment II
Tenth Class
Lesson 8, Book 2
SCENARIO: Home Robbery Investigation
More Prepositions
More food, drink
Structure: stem-changing verb “to hurt”
Reading selection
Eleventh and Last Class
SCENARIO: Complete High-risk Stop
Review of major language and LE vocabulary
Review of key structural and verb patterns in present tense
Review Lessons 5 - 8, Book 1 and 2
Practice Exercises on vocabulary and grammatical content of Lessons 5 - 8, Book 1 and 2
Spanish club or mentor activities at work site
POST Course and instructor evaluation + documentation of students’ success using spoken Spanish in field.
Materials
* Student Textbook: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Levels 1 & 2, 3rd Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1999.
* Student booklet and reference manual: Spanish for Emergency Personnel, 4th Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1999. Scenarios are found here.
* Student CD/audio cassette: Spanish for Emergency Personnel, 4th Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 2001.
 

 7) Spanish for Law Enforcement, P.O.S.T. Level 3:
33-hour Officer/Deputy Course

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First Class
Course introduction
Lesson 9, Book II
Review of level II, Lessons 6 – 8, key vocabulary, expressions, commands & scenarios from level
SCENARIO: Domestic Violence 1
Weapons, Affirmative & Negative Words, Place Settings, Animals
Structure: stem-changing verbs + verbs with infinitives
Reading selection
Culture: Animals
Second Class,
Lesson 10, Book II
(Oral warm-up, new vocabulary practice, assignment of quizzes and written homework, Reading selection are repeated at the beginning of all classes.)
More review of Lessons 6 – 8
SCENARIO: Domestic Violence 2
Flight and Airport Terms
Structure: preterite (past) tense
Culture: Interesting Places in Spain
Third Class
Lesson 10, Book II
SCENARIO: Arresting A Drug Suspect 1
Injuries and Accidents + Drugs
Structure: saber vs. conocer
Reading selection
Culture: Latino Expansion in the USA
Fourth Class
Lesson 11, Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Book 3
SCENARIO: Arresting A Drug Suspect 2
Medical Emergency Terms; Illnesses and Accidents
Structure: spelling changes (stem-changing) in preterite + more verbs with infinitive
Reading selection
Culture: Latinos in the USA
Fifth Class
Lesson 12, Book 3
Telephone Communication Terms
SCENARIO: A Dispatcher Gets Information
Structure: irregular preterite verbs + indirect object pronouns
Reading selection
Sixth Class
Lesson 12, Book 3
SCENARIO: Investigating a Jewelry Store Robbery
More physical description of suspects
Structure: direct object pronouns + direct vs. indirect
Reading selection
Culture: Interesting Places in Mexico
Seventh Class
Lesson 13, Book 3
SCENARIO: The Emergency Operator
Identifying Traffic Signs
Structure: imperfect tense + irregular forms
Reading selection
Culture: Countries and Nationalities
Eighth Class
Lesson 13, Book 3
SCENARIO: Interviewing A Rape Victim, Part 1
Sports and Hobbies, Wilderness Terms
Structure: regular, irregular future tense + demonstrative pronouns/adjectives
Reading selection
Ninth Class
Lesson 14, Book 3
SCENARIO: Interviewing A Rape Victim, Part 2
Idiomatic Expressions, more past description of suspects
Structure: preterite vs. imperfect
Reading selection
Culture: Street Slang and Survival Terms I
Tenth Class
Lesson 14 & 15, Book 3
Robbery terms, interviewing robbery victim
SCENARIO: Intoxication Report/Field Sobriety Test, Part 1
Assault and Battery Terms
Structure: assault verbs in preterite + present/past progressive tense
Reading selection
Culture: Street Slang and Survival Terms II
Eleventh and Last Class
Lesson 15, Book 3
SCENARIO: Intoxication Report/Field Sobriety Test, Part 2
Reflexive verbs + command forms
Structure: reflexive verbs in present tense + idiomatic use
Reading selection
Culture: Increase your Vocabulary + Spanglish terms with Expressions of Danger
Review of key structural and verb patterns in present, preterite, imperfect, future and progressive tenses
Review Lessons 9-15
POST Course and instructor evaluation + documentation of students’ success using spoken Spanish in field.
Materials
* Student Textbook: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Levels 1 & 2, 3rd Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1999.
Student Textbook: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Level 3, 2nd Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1999.
* Student booklet and reference manual: Spanish for Emergency Personnel, 4th Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1999. Scenarios are taken from here and textbook.
* Student CD: Spanish for Emergency Personnel, 4th Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 2001.

 8) Spanish for Emergency Responders, Level 1:
33-hour Firefighter/Paramedic Course

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Beginning, level 1 Spanish for Emergency Responder Course Outline, Fire Marshal certified Spanish Emergency Responder course
6) SPANISH FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, LEVEL 1 33-HOUR FIREFIGHTER / PARAMEDIC COURSE
Course Overview
The Fire Marshal has instituted this specialized training course as necessary training for the department. The program will be administered by credentialed and certified instructors. Proposed classes will concentrate on oral communication for line personnel, primarily firefighters and paramedics. We propose an introductory level course first, level I. Upon completion, students will be trained to handle basic Spanish-language responses: questions, answers and commands. These objectives will be achieved by learning emergency vocabulary reinforced by language structure and using these terms in conversations and scenarios. Students will be familiar with Latino culture and customs. Successful students will be trained to ask questions, give answers and commands. This includes filling out departmental forms and reports. In addition, this class will help candidates prepare for the bilingual examination.
We recommend the level I class meet weekly, for eleven consecutive on-duty classes (33 hours) in three hour sessions, mornings. This should satisfy community college requirements of accreditation. Five lessons of Book 1 will achieve basic communication objectives without overwhelming students with too much content in too short of a time span. If the group is lacking in basic language skills, then we recommend only four lessons
Strategies and Materials
Classroom activities include language lessons, direct dialog, group learning by pairing off oral drills and role playing scenarios demonstrated by native speakers. We suggest the instructors present a minimum of grammar with a maximum of practical material with lots of repetition and practice. Native speaking students will assist with pronunciation, scenarios and conversation. Fluent Latino firefighters should play a major role in assisting the instructors by participating in interactions and role playing, including safety and legal issues. Essential language vocabulary and structure reinforce everyday and technical content. Latino culture and survival tips are included. In addition to Book 1 of the classroom text/workbook, training software, CD/audio cassettes and a field manual are provided for further practice and periodic review. Course is a pass/fail. Levels II and III should be projected over the coming years.
 

First Class
Lesson 1
Course introduction by fire marshal/chief or a Spanish-language committee member
Course overview. learning suggestions and survival techniques
Greetings, names, introducing oneself, asking questions
Emergency commands (ending in -e)
Alphabet and pronunciation, numbers 1>20
Greetings & farewells, basic conversation, identifying people and things
El, la, los, las, nouns & emergency professions
SCENARIO: What's Your Name?
Latino family names: names to put on department forms
Interaction, questions, answers. vocabulary; pronunciation, alphabet.
Second Class
Emergency commands (ending in -e)
Days of week, months, seasons, family members, numbers 21 > 30
Intro: un & una, tener, hay
People and customs of Latin America and cultural differences
Intro, subject pronouns, verb ser
Third Class
Lesson 2
Emergency commands (ending in -a), giving date, question words
Buildings & rooms of house
Intro of –ar verbs
SCENARIO: Questions on Pain
Geography and peoples of Latin America, hand and body language
Numbers 40>100, body parts, family tree
Culture: South American countries
Fourth Class
Emergency commands ending in –e and –a, plus special commands, lesson 8
Injuries, diseases & drug adjectives intro of -ir verbs, Personal a, al & del
SCENARIO: Help. The House is on Fire!
Metric system, Latino vs. USA, cultural differences and confusion to avoid
Colors, date, personal questions
Reading practice and answering questions
Fifth Class
Key terms, adjectives, colors & clothing
Intro irregular verbs
SCENARIOS: Clearing a Burning Building, Looking for and Rescuing Victims
Latino health and emergency customs and differences
MID TERM ORAL NON-GRADED EXAM: listening and comprehension; true and false questions
Clothing, seasons, weather, personal questions
Reading practice and answering questions
Question words
Culture: Spanish word influence on English
Sixth Class
Lesson 3
Intro estar and estar adjectives, lesson 6
Asking about health, location, description, possession
SCENARIO: A Freeway Accident
Intro -er verbs
Numbers 100 - infinity
Personal questions
Time expressions
Seventh Class
Lesson 4
Ser adjectives
Places
Intro –ir
SCENARIOS: Medical Treatment and Techniques, Injury Traffic Accident
Culture: words commonly confused
Eighth Class
Review –ar, -er and –ir verbs
Use of ser adjectives
More question words
SCENARIOS: Chest Pain, Epilepsy, Seizure and Stroke
Review of commands, regular verbs
Culture: Spanglish, slang & street Spanish
Ninth Class
Lesson 5
Identifying self, requesting documents, verifying personal information
Review irregular verb list
SCENARIO: Refusal of Emergency Treatment, Part 1
-e commands list reviewed
Intro –a commands
Culture: identifying street terms
Tenth Class
SCENARIO: Refusal of Emergency Treatment, Part 2
Intro near future: ir a + infinitive
Personal questions and oral practice
Review commands and all verbs
Survival tips and linguistic shortcuts
Eleventh and Final Class
Oral review of all major scenarios
Review of major language and fire/medical vocabulary
Review of key structural and verb patterns in Lessons 1-5
Practice exercises on vocabulary and grammatical content of first five lessons.
Make suggestions on keeping up skills and discuss a level II class
Create Spanish club or mentor activities at work site
Course and instructor evaluation + documentation of students’ success using spoken Spanish with citizens.
Follow-up suggestions and future recommendations
Materials
* Student Textbook: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Levels 1 & 2, 3rd Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1999.
* Instructor Manual: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Emergency Responder Edition, Level 1, 1st Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 2003.
* Student booklet and reference manual: Spanish for Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers, 3rd Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1994.
* Scenario in this outline have been taken from our booklet, Spanish for Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers
* Student CD: Spanish for Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers, 3rd Ed., Dees Multilingual Services, 1994.

 9) Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, Level 1:
16-hour Nurse/Doctor Medical Course

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Objectives

 

The following is a general class description of the level 1 class for Spanish for Health Care Professionals. Changes may be made depending on students’ communication needs and students’ skill development.

 

The beginning-level 1 class focuses on developing basic communication skills for health care professionals with Spanish speaking patients and their families. Successful students will learn specific medical terms and they will be trained to ask questions, give answers and to formulate commands in routine and emergency medical situations. This includes greeting and dismissing patients, getting personal information, patient interviews, medical history, giving instructions, administering medication, explaining treatment and techniques, and giving commands during an exam. Lessons 1, 2 and 3 of both the language textbook (BTES) and the medical textbook (CMS) are covered in level 1.

 

Strategies and Materials

 

Students will practice communication and conversational skills: ask and respond to questions from instructor, participate in group learning by pairing off oral drills and role playing scenarios. Essential language vocabulary and structure reinforce everyday and technical content. Students will increase their understanding of cultural factors that impact health care for Latino patients. Materials include textbook Breezing Through Emergency Spanish and the McGraw-Hill’s, Complete Medical Spanish—plus handouts, visual aids, etc.

 

First 2-Hour Class 

Introduction, class procedures and materials

The Alphabet –vowels and consonants

Emergency professions (limited)

Pronunciation difficulties and communication shortcuts

How to say “the” in singular and plural

Masculine and feminine noun recognition

Basic personal information

Survival terms

Numbers 1-20

Second 2-Hour Class

Subject pronouns (I, you, he, etc.) and the verb “ser (to be)”

Nationalities (limited)

Personal questions and giving information

Basic parts of the body

Basic medical terms (limited)

Basic conversation/ice breakers

Survival and reassuring terms

Scenario: Greeting/welcoming your patient and identifying yourself

Third 2-Hour Class

 Parts of the body (front and rear view) (detailed)

How to say “a” or “an.” Do you have a medical problem?

Latino last names and how to avoid name confusion

Where does it hurt? What illnesses did you have? What is the medical problem?

Family members (brief)

Numbers 20-100

More survival terms

Scenario: Basic interview

 Fourth 2-Hour Class

Introduction of regular –ar verbs

Internal organs (detailed)

Months of the year

Colors

Introduce possessive pronouns – i.e., his blood, my bone, your medicine

Common symptoms

More survival terms

Scenario: More basic interviews

Fifth 2-Hour Class

                Expanding –ar verbs: desear (to want), hablar (to speak) Do you want a pill? Do you speak Spanish?

Prescribing and administering medication, take, drink, times per day, etc. What types of pills do you take?

Cognates

Useful words and expressions

Male reproductive system

Basic conversation and everyday vocabulary

Scenario: Doctor’s Visit: Chief Complaint

Sixth 2-Hour Class

Vocabulary building: accidents, illnesses, injuries, allergies,

Hay (there is, are)

Question Words 1 – Where/what hurts, why, when, etc.

Female reproductive system

Cognates

Medical questions-physical state

Commands in physical exam: Touch your, show me, point to your, move your, etc – Giving orders – i.e., Breathe normally, Raise your arms, etc.

Seventh 2-Hour Class

Subject pronouns & –ar verbs, necesitar (to need), tomar (to take, drink) Do you need any help? Are you allergic to medication & allergies?

More personal questions and giving information – explaining injections, food and drink

Numbers 100 to infinity

Time expressions and telling time—when things take place, i.e., taking medication in the morning, etc.

Reassuring terms

Scenario: Giving Instructions, Chief Complaint

Eighth (and Final) 2-Hour Class

Oral review of major skills and vocabulary in both textbooks, lessons 1-3

Act out major scenarios

Review of medical terms

Review of physical commands

Review of all numbers—play buzz.

Course & instructor evaluation and certificate of continuing education credit

 Skill Evaluation Procedures:

 

Required materials:

 

Textbook: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Books 1 & 2, 3rd Ed., 1999, Dees Multilingual Services. ($19)

Booklet and reference manual: Complete Medical Spanish, 1st Ed., 2004, McGraw-Hill, 2004. ($12)

 

Recommended materials:

 

The optional CD and pre-hospital booklet that are included with Complete Medical Spanish ($23)

 

 10) Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, Level 2:
16-hour Nurse/Doctor Medical Course

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Objectives

The following is a general class description of the level 2 class, Spanish for Health Care Professionals.

 

The beginning-/ intermediate level 2 class focuses on developing continuing communication skills for health care professionals with Spanish speaking patients and their families. Successful students will learn specific medical terms and they will be trained to ask questions, give answers and to formulate commands in routine and emergency medical situations. This includes an expanded patient interview, qualifying and quantifying pain, ER and Pediatrics visit questions, physical and neurological exams and expanded commands. Lessons 4, 5 and 6 of both the language textbook (BTES) and the medical textbook (CMS) are covered in level 2.

 

Strategies and Materials

Students will practice communication and conversational skills: ask and respond to questions from instructor, participate in group learning by pairing off oral drills and role playing scenarios. Essential language vocabulary and structure reinforce everyday and technical content. Students will increase their understanding of cultural factors that impact health care for Latino patients. Materials include textbook Breezing Through Emergency Spanish and the McGraw-Hill’s, Complete Medical Spanish—plus handouts, visual aids, etc.

 

First 2-Hour Class 

Introduction, class procedures and materials

Review of level 1 material

Review of –ar verbs

Personal a

Second 2-Hour Class

More review of level 1 material

Common hospital –ar verbs

-er/-ir verbs

Common symptoms

Scenario: Qualifying and Quantifying Pain

Third 2-Hour Class

More review of level 1 material

More survival terms

Ser adjectives

Qualifying and quantifying pain

More question words

Ir (to go) and hospital locations

Scenario: A Pediatric Visit

Fourth 2-Hour Class

Irregular verbs

Household items

Qualifying adjectives

Quantity adjectives

E commands

Scenario: The Emergency Room

Fifth 2-Hour Class

Review ser adjectives

Estar adjectives

E commands

Family

Illnesses

Sixth 2-Hour Class

Near future

More irregular verbs

More medical history

Types of food and diet

Scenario: A physical exam

Seventh 2-Hour Class

Ser vs. estar

Tener expressions

Indirect object pronouns

-A commands

Scenario: A Neurological exam 

Eighth (and Final) 2-Hour Class

Oral review of major skills and vocabulary in both textbooks, lessons 4 - 6

Act out major scenarios

Review of medical terms

Review of commands

Course & instructor evaluation and certificate of continuing education credit

 

Skill Evaluation Procedures:

Required materials: Textbook: Breezing Through Emergency Spanish, Books 1 & 2, 3rd Ed., 1999, Dees Multilingual Services. ($19)

Booklet and reference manual: Complete Medical Spanish, 1st Ed., 2004, McGraw-Hill, 2004. ($12)

 

Recommended materials: The optional CD and booklet that go with Complete Medical Spanish

   




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