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Hours to complete

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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week...
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Spanish

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Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week...
Available languages

Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to the Course

During this module you will meet the instructors, review course outline, and discuss grading and the course requirements....
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 5 readings
Video1 video
Reading5 readings
Course Overview10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Discussion Forum Guidelines10m
Accessibility and Accommodations Statement10m
Module Breakdown10m
Hours to complete
77 hours to complete

The Doctor-Patient Interview

In this module, we will learn general linguistic strategies that are applicable to any exchange of information between a health provider and a patient, by focusing on examples from routine interviews. We will start by learning a few useful grammar tips that will help you formulate questions correctly in Spanish. Then, you will expand your vocabulary with names for basic body parts and important organs, and you will hear some of them used in an authentic context. In the third lesson, we will discuss strategies to display active listenership in Spanish, that is, showing that you are listening attentively and that you care. This is a key aspect in spoken interaction, and you will be able to apply it to countless conversations. We will conclude the module by identifying some key elements that will help you determine which form you should use to address different individuals. Addressing people with the right form in Spanish (“tú” or “usted”) is extremely important for native speakers of Spanish. For example, in the case of adults, the correct form will be interpreted as a sign of respect, while but choosing incorrectly will be perceived as disrespectful, and may hinder the establishment of a good provider-patient relationship....
Reading
16 videos (Total 68 min), 24 readings, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
1.1.2 Formulating Questions - Analysis3m
1.1.3 Formulating Questions - Review3m
1.1.4 Formulating Questions - Homework1m
1.2.1 The Human Body - Intro4m
1.2.2 The Human Body - Analysis8m
1.2.3 The Human Body - Review3m
1.2.4 The Human Body - Homeworkm
1.3.1 Active Listenership - Intro5m
1.3.2 Active Listenership - Analysis8m
1.3.3 Active Listenership - Review3m
1.3.4 Active Listenership - Homework1m
1.4.1 Addressing the Patient: Tu/Usted - Intro2m
1.4.2 Addressing the Patient: Tu/Usted - Analysis10m
1.4.3 Addressing the Patient: Tu/Usted - Review3m
1.4.4 Addressing the Patient: Tu/Usted - Homework1m
Reading24 readings
Module 1.1 Handout10m
1.1.1 Handout Assignment10m
1.1.2 Handout Assignment10m
1.1.3 Handout Assignment10m
1.1.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 1.1 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 1.2 Handout10m
1.2.1 Handout Assignment10m
1.2.2 Handout Assignment10m
1.2.3 Handout Assignment10m
1.2.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 1.2 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 1.3 Handout10m
1.3.1 Handout Assignment10m
1.3.2 Handout Assignment10m
1.3.3 Handout Assignment10m
1.3.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 1.3 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 1.4 Handout10m
1.4.1 Handout Assignment10m
1.4.2 Handout Assignment10m
1.4.3 Handout Assignment10m
1.4.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 1.4 Handout Answer Key10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

The Physical Examination

In this module, we will focus on the language that is used in general during a medical exam. We will start by learning a common grammatical structure used to give instructions; the imperative tense. However, by listening to an audio recording, we will learn that, in reality, other structures are used as well achieving the same results. Then, since you will already know basic anatomy in Spanish, you will expand your vocabulary with names for symptoms of common affections, such as a cold and the flu, and you will hear some of them used in an authentic context. In the third lesson, we will discuss a variety of linguistic resources you can use in order to make a patient feel more comfortable and respected during any medical examination. For example, you will hear a health provider use polite expressions and give a heads-up before touching the patient during a routine check-up. We will conclude the module by learning some keys to a common way of speaking to the youngest interlocutors, the children, that will allow you to show affection and warmth. Throughout this module, you will also have plenty of opportunities to apply the abilities learned in the previous lessons....
Reading
16 videos (Total 66 min), 24 readings, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
2.5.2 Giving Instructions - Analysis9m
2.5.3 Giving Instructions - Review3m
2.5.4 Giving Instructions - Homework1m
2.6.1 Common Symptoms - Intro3m
2.6.2 Common Symptoms - Analysis8m
2.6.3 Common Symptoms - Review3m
2.6.4 Common Symptoms - Homework1m
2.7.1 Making a Patient Feel Respected and Comfortable - Intro1m
2.7.2 Making a Patient Feel Respected and Comfortable - Analysis11m
2.7.3 Making a Patient Feel Respected and Comfortable - Review2m
2.7.4 Making a Patient Feel Respected and Comfortable - Homework1m
2.8.1 Talking to Children - Intro2m
2.8.2 Talking to Children - Analysis7m
2.8.3 Talking to Children - Review2m
2.8.4 Talking to Children - Homeworkm
Reading24 readings
Module 2.5 Handout10m
2.5.1 Handout Assignment10m
2.5.2 Handout Assignment10m
2.5.3 Handout Assignment10m
2.5.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 2.5 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 2.6 Handout10m
2.6.1 Handout Assignment10m
2.6.2 Handout Assignment10m
2.6.3 Handout Assignment10m
2.6.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 2.6 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 2.7 Handout10m
2.7.1 Handout Assignment10m
2.7.2 Handout Assignment10m
2.7.3 Handout Assignment10m
2.7.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 2.7 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 2.8 Handout10m
2.8.1 Handout Assignment10m
2.8.2 Handout Assignment10m
2.8.3 Handout Assignment10m
2.8.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 2.8 Handout Answer Key10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Explaining a Treatment or Procedure

In this module, we will focus on the way in which procedures and treatments can be described most effectively in Spanish. We will start by learning different expressions that are used to add details when explaining how a certain treatment or procedure should be done. In particular, you will learn different ways to talk about the manner, the time, and the amount or frequency. You will hear some of them used in an authentic context. To end the lesson, we will review adverbial expressions of location, which you will be able to use in many situations. Then, you will expand your vocabulary with basic names for drug groups (e.g. analgesic) and their different presentation (e.g. drops). In the third lesson, we will discuss how collaboration is apparent during consultations where there is a good relationship between the health provider and the patient. Two examples you will hear are overlaps while speaking and shared laughter. In this lesson, you will also learn different conversational resources that encourage trust and help guide the conversation to make shared decisions, as opposed to a paternalistic style. We will conclude the module by learning different strategies you can use to adapt your speech -i.e. your register- to your patient. In fact, being able to change your register to match that of your interlocutor -when necessary and appropriate- will make your communication more effective....
Reading
16 videos (Total 86 min), 24 readings, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
3.9.2 Using Adverbials - Analysis7m
3.9.3 Using Adverbials - Review1m
3.9.4 Using Adverbials - Homework1m
3.10.1 Common Groups of Drugs and Drug Administration - Intro2m
3.10.2 Common Groups of Drugs and Drug Administration - Analysis17m
3.10.3 Common Groups of Drugs and Drug Administration - Review3m
3.10.4 Common Groups of Drugs and Drug Administration - Homework1m
3.11.1 Collaboration in the Interaction - Intro5m
3.11.2 Collaboration in the Interaction - Analysis15m
3.11.3 Collaboration in the Interaction - Review3m
3.11.4 Collaboration in the Interaction - Homework1m
3.12.1 Communicating in the Appropriate Register - Intro6m
3.12.2 Communicating in the Appropriate Register - Analysis9m
3.12.3 Communicating in the Appropriate Register - Review2m
3.12.4 Communicating in the Appropriate Register - Homework2m
Reading24 readings
Module 3.9 Handout10m
3.9.1 Handout Assignment10m
3.9.2 Handout Assignment10m
3.9.3 Handout Assignment10m
3.9.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 3.9 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 3.10 Handout10m
3.10.1 Handout Assignment10m
3.10.2 Handout Assignment10m
3.10.3 Handout Assignment10m
3.10.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 3.10 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 3.11 Handout10m
3.11.1 Handout Assignment10m
3.11.2 Handout Assignment10m
3.11.3 Handout Assignment10m
3.11.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 3.11 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 3.12 Handout10m
3.12.1 Handout Assignment10m
3.12.2 Handout Assignment10m
3.12.3 Handout Assignment10m
3.12.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 3.12 Handout Answer Key10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 320m
Week
4
Hours to complete
78 hours to complete

Solving Communication Difficulties

In this module, we will focus on identifying and solving frequent obstacles that arise in conversation. We will start by looking into different uses of pronouns, the words that can replace nouns in a sentence avoiding unnecessary repetition. In particular, we will focus on personal pronouns. As you will see, pronouns are used to refer to something or someone already mentioned elsewhere and, when used correctly, they prevent misunderstandings. Certainly, pronouns make communication both more efficient and effective. In this module, you will expand your vocabulary with names for some frequent diagnostic tests, and you will listen to a very interesting patient consultation. In the third lesson, we will discuss two types of obstacles that you are likely to encounter in any conversation; when you don’t understand your interlocutor completely, and when your interlocutor seems to have a hard time understanding you. Next, you will learn different strategies you can use to remediate both situations. We will conclude the module by noticing cues in conversation that will help you identify the sociocultural and socioeconomic profile of your patient. The goal of this lesson is to make you aware of the role that these variables play in every interaction and to give you tools to react appropriately to the information you are given. ...
Reading
16 videos (Total 79 min), 25 readings, 2 quizzes
Video16 videos
4.13.2 Using Pronouns - Analysis8m
4.13.3 Using Pronouns - Review6m
4.13.4 Using Pronouns - Homework1m
4.14.1 Diagnostic Tests - Intro3m
4.14.2 Diagnostic Tests - Analysis6m
4.14.3 Diagnostic Tests - Reviewm
4.14.4 Diagnostic Tests - Homework1m
4.15.1 Managing Difficulties in Communication - Intro5m
4.15.2 Managing Difficulties in Communication - Analysis11m
4.15.3 Managing Difficulties in Communication - Review1m
4.15.4 Managing Difficulties in Communication - Homework1m
4.16.1 Understanding the Sociolinguistic Context of Interactions - Intro3m
4.16.2 Understanding the Sociolinguistic Context of Interactions - Analysis19m
4.16.3 Understanding the Sociolinguistic Context of Interactions - Review2m
4.16.4 Understanding the Sociolinguistic Context of Interactions - Homework2m
Reading25 readings
Module 4.13 Handout10m
4.13.1 Handout Assignment10m
4.13.2 Handout Assignment10m
4.13.3 Handout Assignment10m
4.13.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 4.13 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 4.14 Handout10m
4.14.1 Handout Assignment10m
4.14.2 Handout Assignment10m
4.14.3 Handout Assignment10m
4.14.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 4.14 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 4.15 Handout10m
4.15.1 Handout Assignment10m
4.15.2 Handout Assignment10m
4.15.3 Handout Assignment10m
4.15.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 4.15 Handout Answer Key10m
Module 4.16 Handout10m
4.16.1 Handout Assignment10m
4.16.2 Handout Assignment10m
4.16.3 Handout Assignment10m
4.16.4 Handout Assignment10m
Module 4.16 Handout Answer Key10m
Post-Course Survey10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 4m
Final Exam20m

Instructor

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Maria Victoria Abad Rabat

Spanish Lecturer
Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication

About Rice University

Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy....

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