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International Certificate in Medical Spanish

LIVE PRACTICAL SESSIONS:

Saturdays

DURATION:

8+ weeks per phase/level

Course Code:

MED01abc

The Medical Spanish programme covers everything the professional healthcare provider needs in the discharge of their duties, including practitioner to patient communication, interaction among professionals, research and much more in the foreign language as well as cultural awareness and many other aspects of specialised communication. Participants do not require any prior knowledge of Spanish to start. 

Scheduled live sessions provide human interaction with a specialist. Although attendance is not mandatory to live sessions, the participant is strongly advised to participate in order to practise and improve their Spanish.

Upon succesful completion of both phases of each level, the participant receives a certificate awarded by the CSL. These courses are a stepping stone to our International Certificate programme in Medical Spanish level B2 (Advanced level) and then to our level C1 (Superior level).

With an International Certificate in Medical Spanish, the participant will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that they have attained an advanced level of fluency in spoken and written Medical Spanish, as well as a broad understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and beliefs related to healthcare. The participant will also be able to integrate their linguistic and cultural skills into the knowledge and skills related to their specialty in the healthcare field.

The Caribbean School of Languages is an official examination centre for internationally recognised qualifications in Medical Spanish. 

Student Profile

Any students or professionals who work in Spanish or will be required to communicate in Spanish in the healthcare field, and wish to validate their acquired knowledge with a certificate.

This certificate is intended in particular for professionals in the fields of medicine, such as dentists, nurses, surgeons, cardiologists, etc., working in any position requiring them to communicate with Spanish-speakers orally or in writing.

Additional Information:

  • Intel i5 or equivalent processor.
  • Minimum 8 GB of RAM.
  • For computers using Windows (minimum system requirement: Windows 10)
  • For computers using Mac (minimum system requirement: OSX 10)
  • For iPad tablets (iOS) (minimum system requirement: iOS 9)
  • For Android tablets (minimum system requirement: Android 5)
  • The use of headphones with working speakers and a microphone is advised.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.

The series of phases are a validation of competences in Medical Spanish at levels: A2, B1, B2 & C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Each lesson is made up of a study unit and assignment.  The learner is required to go through the study unit and answer all the questions in the assignment. Assignments are then mailed back to CSL where experienced tutors correct and return them with comments.

LevelPhaseDuration
BeginnerPhase (I)8 weeks
BeginnerPhase (II)8 weeks
Intermediate  Phase (I)8 weeks
Intermediate  Phase (II)8 weeks
Upper IntermediatePhase (I)10 weeks
Upper IntermediatePhase (II)10 weeks
Advanced Phase (I)10 weeks
Advanced Phase (II)10 weeks
  • The Medical Spanish Beginner Phase (I) lays the foundation for specific communication in the health sector. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Participants are able to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients, give advice, treatment and prescriptions based on clinical analysis, using specialised vocabulary and structures in the present and past tenses.
  • The Medical Spanish Beginner Phase (II) broadens scope of communication to include exchanges in past, present and future tenses, conditionals, subjunctive, etc. Participants are able to treat Spanish-speaking patients and explain and describe health problems and illnesses.
  • The Medical Spanish Intermediate Phase (I) fosters independent research and effective communication using specialised vocabulary and structures. Participants begin to master nuances in grammar, expressions and vocabulary, and increase their level of fluency.
  • The Medical Spanish Intermediate Phase (II) increases capacity of participants to conduct independent research and free effective communication using specialised vocabulary and structures. Participants continue to improve mastery of nuances in grammar, expressions and vocabulary, and increase their level of fluency.
  • The Medical Spanish Upper Internediate Phase (I) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Participants can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation.
  • The Medical Spanish Upper Internediate Phase (II) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Participants can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
  • The Medical Spanish Advanced Phase (I) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Participants engage in more complex activities, such as formal writing, research reporting and speeches.
  • The Medical Spanish Advanced Phase (II) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Prepares participants for external examinations leading to the attainment of international certification. Participants engage in more complex activities, such as formal writing, research reporting and speeches.

Understanding and processing information:

The candidate is able to understand the essential elements of simple, common professional reports, texts and documents in the medical/healthcare field.

The candidate is able to understand the essential elements of a message that is predictable–in form and content– face to face or over the telephone, within the scope of his/her professional experience.

The candidate is able to gather elements from several support documents and organize them in a given format; write common types of messages related to familiar social and professional activities.

Communicating orally:

The candidate is able to take part in exchanges about familiar topics in his/her professional context, describe what he/she is doing, exchange factual information, discuss an option and provide explanations in practical situations concerning known topics.

Some of the evaluation components include projects, assignments and oral presentations, which test the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

It is estimated that the participant will conduct 3 – 5 hours of independent study per week. 

On successful completion of each level (Beginner, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced), participants will receive a Certificate of Completion awarded by the CSL. On partial completion of a level (Phase I) participants obtain a Transcript. In order to get a Pass, students must obtain at least 60% of the overall grade.

Certificates of Completion and Transcripts are prerequisites for the next higher level or phase and will be considered as such for a period of one (1) year. After a year has elapsed, students may have to take a placement test to move forward.

  • diploma in a medical field.
  • Copy of passport or ID card.
  • A recent digital photo (white or light background and no shadows).
  • The Application Form filled out.

 

Note: There is no placement test for admission to this programme.

(NON-REFUNDABLE) – PER PERSON
Registration Fee:  TT$ 250 – US$ 36
Late Registration Fee:  TT$ 200 – US$ 24
Course Materials:  TBA (per level/phase)
Int’ Medical Spanish Exam Fees: TBA (per test)
CSL Centre Exam Fees: TBA 

Level /

Phase

TuitionTuition 
DomesticInternational
Beg. Phase ITT3,250US485
Beg. Phase IITT3,250US485
Inter. Phase ITT3,520US590
Inter. Phase IITT3,520US590
Upper Int. Phase ITT3,950US670
Upper Int. Phase IITT3,950US670
Adv. Phase ITBATBA
Adv. Phase IITBATBA
  • Tuition fees do not include the external examinations, academic materials, stationery supplies, fees for supplementary exams and repeats, etc.
  • Listed prices are valid for applications received between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

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