Medical Spanish beginners Course

Quickly develop your language skills to work with Spanish speaking patients

We understand that if you have little Spanish language experience now then an elective in Peru can seem a pretty daunting prospect.

Fear not – help is here.  Many of our program participants arrive with little Spanish language experience.  Once here they quickly advance with the help of our medical Spanish beginners course, home stay families and hospital experience.

Can a beginner learn medical Spanish?

The answer is yes.  However, learning medical medical terminology without having Spanish grammar and general vocabulary will not enable communication with patients.  For this reason much of our program is focussed on helping students develop a full understanding of Spanish.  Providing a skills that can be used in and outside of a healthcare environment.

Learning Spanish before arrival

Before coming to Peru to start the medical Spanish beginners course, we recommend that you spend some time studying general Spanish.  Learning a little of the structure of the language will provide you with a foundation that our teachers can quickly build on once you arrive in Trujillo.  It is not necessary to work on medical Spanish at this stage.  Your focus should be general Spanish.

Nevertheless, once your program deposit is paid we will send you a great medical Spanish book that covers both medical Spanish and general Spanish from beginners level.  At that point we will also send you online medical and general Spanish vocabulary flashcards for your cell phone.   So you will already have a lot of vocabulary before you arrive.

There are also many online options to help your develop Spanish skills from scratch.  Free tools include Duo lingo and others such as Coffee Break Spanish have free and paid options.  An internet search will offer hundreds of other resources.

Medical Spanish beginners course

We all know that the quickest way to learn a new language is an immersion course with small student groups where lots of attention can be given to each student,  This is exactly what we do.  We have a team of experienced teachers to provide the level of attention each student requires.

Our regular beginners level language course takes place over 4 hours each afternoon.  Our team of language teachers will ensure you have fun whilst developing your new language skills.  Each hour you will have a new teacher keeping classes lively and interesting.  The teachers have years of experience of teaching Spanish at all levels and will ensure you quickly advance.

If your program with us is for 4 weeks or longer we recommend that beginners take our intensive Spanish course which includes 7 hours per day of intensive Spanish at the beginning of your program to provide a boost to your language learning and more confidence on your clinical rotation here.

Learn about the experience of Christina, a medicine resident and Spanish beginner.

Living with a family

The ideal of living with a family in another language can be an unnerving prospect,.  However, living with one of our families is really not so scary.   Our families are enjoy receiving foreign students with different levels of Spanish and will patiently help you to develop your speaking and listening skills.

Most of our families have at least one English speaker in their household.  Also their homes are comfortable and just a few minutes walk from our centre.

Also, remember you are not alone.  Our families accommodate between one and four participants.  Just let us know if you prefer to be accommodated with other program participants.

Hospital electives

Whilst healthcare in Peru is provided in Spanish, at the hospitals you will meet local healthcare students and professionals with differing levels of English.  All recent medicine graduates in Peru are required to learn English as part of their program.

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