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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Spanish for Successful Communication in Healthcare Settings by Rice University

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About the Course

Welcome to Spanish for Successful Communication in Healthcare Settings! This course is structured in four modules, each one revolving on a topic related to the physician-patient interaction. Each module contains four lessons; on grammar, vocabulary, the dynamics of the spoken interaction, and aspects of sociocultural relevance. The video lessons are unlike regular “lectures” in which you are just listening. Instead, you should think of them as virtual classes where you are supposed to reflect, complete activities, and even get extra practice on your own time. The videos are a roadmap that will provide what you need to complete the activities on the student handout. Each module is followed by a 10-question quiz. It is important that you complete the lessons sequentially, as they build upon each other....

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Sep 21, 2020

Muy buen curso, te da la realidad actual con el contexto que estamos llevando y eso te ayuda a canalizar mejor todo el aprendizaje.


Aug 11, 2020

Muchísimas gracias, fue un buen trabajo.. lo pasé bien con usted señor Abad. Gané muchas palabras nuevas.

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By Susan C

May 8, 2020

The Professora, Maria Victoria Abad Rabat, was an excellent teacher (with a lovely madrileño accent), and the content of the course will be very useful to me for my part-time medical interpreting. I highly recommend this course.

By Patrícia L d L V

Jun 18, 2020

Um curso didático, com uma excelente professora, com assuntos muito relevantes e úteis no contexto médico e que te inspira a estudar para sempre dar o seu melhor para o paciente. Foi incrível essa experiência. Recomendo a todos.

By Adeeb N

Jun 16, 2020

Seamless mixture of language learning with the conversational concepts that any medical professional might need. I feel like I learned more than just Spanish - I learned how to contextualize my study of grammar and vocabulary.

By Tricia B

Dec 19, 2022

challenging material, good explanations and great recordings of "authentic" discussions. if you put in the time you will see the benefits. thank you for a great resource :-)

By Julian R

Aug 4, 2022

It was a great experience, thank you very much indeed. The course has provided me with numerous insights and useful ideas which I will apply in my professional activities.

By MPearsall

May 27, 2019

Dear Mrs. Abad, I truly enjoyed the course, the videos and the activities of the course were informative, practical, and well structured.

I appreciate your time.


By Heather L

Sep 16, 2021

Excellent overview of using Spanish in Healthcare Settings. The real audio examples were very helpful. You will need some background in Spanish (intermediate).


Sep 22, 2020

Muy buen curso, te da la realidad actual con el contexto que estamos llevando y eso te ayuda a canalizar mejor todo el aprendizaje.

By Ezekiel M

Apr 11, 2019

This course was amazing, and I really learned so much. I would love to see more advanced language courses.

By Grace S

Jun 27, 2023

This course gives a good overview of medical-specific Spanish words (such as laboratory tests), and variations in vocabulary to ensure understanding and a feeling of respect between the doctor and patient depending on different factors (patient's age, unfamiliarity with professional medical terms, etc.)

I was surprised by some of the examples of "friendly" versus "cold" doctor a then-young, "ethnic" female doing customer service for patients with varying degrees of emotional trauma or chronic illnesses in my particular workplace, even smiling at a patient would sometimes result in an undesired reaction from my boss, the patient or patient's spouse! Direct, brief communication like the "cold" doctor was more likely to be appreciated as professional while even respectful friendliness was often interpreted as flirtatiousness, evasiveness, condescension, or lack of respect for the patient's time and attention span. This seems to be a cultural variation so I would apply this course's recommendations with caution depending on your own work environment.

A second thing that I noticed was that there were no quiz answers to review after questions are marked wrong. At times I was able to review the lesson and correct my error, but for a few questions I am still unsure of what the correct response was. This may be because I need more practice in Spanish outside of this course which is intermediate level.

In conclusion, I think anyone who is somewhat fluent in Spanish and has a need for healthcare will find this course straightforward and helpful. It's also great that you can pay for the certificate at the end of the course when you're sure you've passed :)

By Vicky H

Apr 27, 2021

Goes into the nuances of communicating with patients and colleagues in a healthcare setting, such as taking account into patient age, cultural background, psychosocial concerns, etc. Overall I enjoyed the course. The instructor spoke very clearly for a beginner Spanish learner like me. I did not give it five stars because I would have liked more focus on the medical vocabularies and dialogues rather than so much focus on the application in social/cultural context. This may only be because those are similar to how it is in the healthcare setting in America using the English language, but I could see how that may be helpful for learners who have had less exposure to the healthcare setting in a similar culture. Overall, I would recommend the course to others, as I did learn plenty from it. It was challenging for a beginner Spanish learner like me, but the subtitles and transcripts helped so much!

By David R B

Dec 13, 2020

I thought this course was very well organized and I learned a lot from it. My one complaint is that the quality of the audio recordings of the doctor-patient interactions was generally poor.

By Samantha R

Jul 6, 2020

The course is good. There is a lot of information given. I would have preferred smaller pieces of information and maybe some links to some practice exercises on the grammar points.

By Aloka A

Sep 28, 2021

i cant even unenroll from a course

By Kiya S

Jul 14, 2019

This course was great! The professor was awesome and did a great job of making the course as interactive as possible even though it was a self paced course.

By Hussam M A A

Jan 28, 2023

It is an excellent course I would recommend it to everyone in the medical field who is working or will be working in a Spanish-speaking country.

By Angelica D

Dec 13, 2020

This course is really helpful to those who has previous knowledge of Spanish and wants to learn how to use the language in healthcare settings.

By Syrlane A

Dec 29, 2021

One of the best online classes! The material is challenging and fun. I am so excited to put into practice everything I learned in this class!

By Marcelo P

Aug 10, 2022

If your Spanish is good and you have an academic background, then you probably won't learn much. But the course is good.

By Jameela R

Nov 9, 2020

Overall a very well structured course. The knowledge I have acquired will be valuable in my future endeavors.

By Sultan C

Dec 28, 2020

Todo es perfecto. Muchísimas gracias profesora. Aprendi muchas cosas sobre la medicina y terminología. :)

By Nathalie C

Oct 24, 2020

I really liked the instructor and her handouts. I can go back to the handouts every time I need them.

By Eileen S W

Dec 5, 2022

Really helpful, especially the real recordings of doctor-patient interactions.

By James T

Oct 4, 2020

Great course for the intermediate Spanish speaker, would highly recommend.

By Keren G

Dec 23, 2020

Love this course, I learned so much even though I already knew Spanish!