Class Overview

Spanish Conversation - Beginner | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationAre you a nurse or health professional ? Learn how to communicate efficiently in Spanish with clients and patients in this level one course.

If you work in a hospital, healthcare facility, medical school or social services, you can learn vocabulary specific to the medical field that will help you be more successful working with Spanish speakers.

In this focused setting, you can formulate your own questions related to your healthcare field and situation.

You can also enjoy the camaraderie of being in a class with other healthcare professionals.

The instructor, Teresa Ramón Joffré, has been teaching Spanish since 2001, is a Certified Medical Translator by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (since 2014), and has worked as a biomedical translator for an Independent Review Board for over 10 years.

This course is the first in a series of three.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of class, students will be able to:

  • Introduce themselves, and tell their names, where they are from, where they live, what they do.
  • Have a conversation with their patients.
  • Use and understand vocabulary useful for their work such as parts of the body, numbers, internal organs, vital signs, common symptoms, types of food, diet, household items, colors, etc.
  • Have some basic doctor-patient interviews to talk about some illnesses, and problems.
  • Describe their routine at work using verbs in simple present.
  • Describe health problems using the verb BE, give instructions with the imperative tense, and learn or review common present tense verbs (-ar, -er, and -ir).
  • Tell time.

Who Should Take this Class?

Prerequisites: Some previous knowledge of Spanish (3 to 6 months) at a beginner level is required.

  •  This class is for nurses and healthcare professionals who want to improve their Spanish speaking skills in order to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and/or clients.
  • It is also for students who want to deepen their knowledge in medical terminology.

Student Testimonials

Theresa is a gifted teacher. She was adept at tailoring the class to various language experience levels. The class was a lot of fun.--

Teresa is just delightful and is a wonderful teacher.


I really enjoyed how approachable the instructor is, she could take on the most basic of questions and still feel like she was supporting your journey in the language. I say this because it's easy for an advanced person to come off condescending when responding to basic questions.


I loved how hands on she makes the material. Very engaging. -- Brittany Broyles


She's a very welcoming teacher and made it safe to use our bad Spanish. --Suzanne


Profesora Teresa is such a wonderful teacher, very caring and clearly enjoys what she does. --Mickey


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