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Spanish for Dental Professions. Katya M Hall Pacific University College of Health Professions [email protected] New Course - Considerations. Have/acquire the proper background Perform a needs analysis Consider the learner at every stage Evaluate, adapt and/or create material

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spanish for dental professions

Spanish for Dental Professions

Katya M Hall

Pacific University

College of Health Professions

[email protected]

new course considerations
New Course - Considerations
  • Have/acquire the proper background
  • Perform a needs analysis
  • Consider the learner at every stage
  • Evaluate, adapt and/or create material
  • Request feedback
needs analysis
Needs Analysis
  • Students’ lang. & comm. needs -> curriculum
    • Interviews
      • Sponsors
        • Program Director
        • Clinic Coordinator and Faculty
      • Prospective Learners
    • Observations
      • Tour clinic
      • Observe daily routines
      • Check for use of interpreters
      • Note any social language students might need
    • Lang. Assessments
director requirements
Director - Requirements
  • 30 students – two groups
  • 12 weeks - 2 hours a week with each group
  • Dental Health tailored curriculum
  • Importance of Spanish within healthcare
  • Diversity of the Hispanic population
  • Cultural aspects inclusion
  • Interpreters’ role
clinic coordinator faculty requests
Clinic coordinator / Faculty - Requests
  • Order of Patient Care (OPC) to:
      • Confirm appointments on the phone
      • Greet patient by name
      • Complete medical and dental histories
      • Inform patients about their vital signs
      • Give instructions to perform x-rays & assessments
      • Discuss findings from assessments with patients (consent form signature)
      • Tell the patient what procedures they will need to take
      • Say farewell to the patient
student needs
Student - Needs
  • Dental terminology
  • Social language
  • Cultural insights
the syllabus
The Syllabus
  • Interactive/dynamic = practical
    • Need to be willing to change
  • General statement of objective
    • The course will develop the skills needed to understand and communicate in Spanish at a beginner levelwithin the dental health care environment…
  • Unit specific objectives-OPC based
  • Mid-term written and oral exams (interview with the instructor)
  • Final written and oral exam(interview with the instructor)
  • Vocabulary pop-quizzes
student developed material role play
Student Developed Material - Role-play
  • DHS: Soy la higinista dental que voy a trabajar con usted hoy. Siéntese, por favor.
  • P: Gracias…
  • DHS: ¿Se lava los dientes?
  • P: Sí, me lavo los dientes.
  • DHS: ¿Cuántas veces al día se cepilla los dientes?
  • P: Me cepillo los dientes dos veces por día.
  • Theme: Dental Findings
  • Objective: SWAT communicate findings to the patient
  • Content: findings – terminology and structures
  • Material: dental pathology model, handouts, projector, board
  • Activity:
    • Present new material with dental pathology model.
    • Write phrases on the board.
    • Pronounce the new vocabulary: caries – cariado
    • Ask students to repeat after you.
    • Write examples on the board to explain grammar:
      • estar + adjective : El diente está cariado.
      • TENER (to have) + noun : Tiene caries.
    • Provide an illustration for students to name the findings.
    • Role-play
  • Course Evaluations by students
    • Midterm – Feedback
      • What are some features of the course that you think are working pretty well?
      • What are some possible changes or additions you would like to see incorporated into the course from this point forward?
    • Final Instructor and Course DHS evaluations
  • Course assessment summary and action plan
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Future Plans
      • Start
      • Stop
      • continue
  • Students can go over the OPC in Span.
  • Less use of interpreters
  • Students perform dental education in Span.
  • Syllabus flexible enough to accommodate students’ needs
  • Cultural awareness: patient loyalty
  • A plus when students applied for jobs
  • Variety of language competence levels among the students
  • Students do not see the importance of the class until they go into the clinic
  • First clinic experiences and Dental Spanish classes run simultaneously
  • Material development – time consuming
  • Cultural component – Hispanic representative of the population of the area ideal
next steps
Next Steps
  • One year of college Spanish will be required from students
  • A review Medical Spanish class will be offered in the Fall
  • Dental Health Education activity will be their final oral examination.
  • Continue assessing and adapting in accordance to students’ needs
  • Hybrid environment: incorporate technology to the traditional classroom environment