Monthly Archives: June 2013

Teaching Dialect Variations

In the podcast number 49 by L de Lengua, the hosts interviewed four professors of Spanish as a foreign language who are currently teaching in Mexico. The objective was to discuss if teaching Spanish in Mexico is the same as … Continue reading

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The culture of dialect

In a previous post, I alluded to the impact of dialect variation on doctor-patient communication. Dialect variation is a cultural aspect that plays a role in our word choice, accent and the expressions we use. However, it should be noted … Continue reading

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Lost in the system

Last week I wrote about how teaching grammar and medical vocabulary in a Spanish course for healthcare professionals is not enough. Belief systems, culture, immigration and even dialect variations play a key role with respect to providing quality attention to … Continue reading

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Is terminology enough?

When we talk about Spanish for healthcare professionals courses, what comes to mind? Lists of medical terminology and phrases translated from English to Spanish? Unfortunately, this is true for many professionals and some course instructors. However, when we only teach … Continue reading

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