Spanish for Social Workers

We know that the primary mission of the social worker is to improve a person’s well-being and help him/her obtain basic necessities, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty. One of the groups of people in need of these types of services is the Latino community, and it is becoming more and more important to learn Spanish. At the Center of Languages, we have developed a program to help social workers learn Spanish to better serve Latino clients. The program focuses on the vocabulary necessary to be able to relate to and establish a connection with clients utilizing specific, simple phrases.

The program is divided in the following manner:

  • Pronunciation and spelling

The class material is in accordance with the student’s level on the placement test, and the class helps students with pronunciation, fluency, and spelling. Students learn and practice the rules of spelling, perform exercises in pronunciation to improve fluency, and increase vocabulary. The class utilizes the book that goes with the student’s level as well as additional material.

  • Grammar

In this class, students learn how to write correctly in Spanish, how to conjugate verbs in different tenses and utilize them correctly in conversation. Students learn the language with the help of grammar while at the same time focusing on the oral aspect of language acquisition, which is also very important. The program includes both oral and written exercises and utilizes various teaching strategies. The grammar class uses the book and extra material according to the student’s level obtained on the placement test.

  • Functional program for Social Workers

Students study vocabulary focused on their profession, such as vocabulary related to discrimination, injustice, abuse, mistreatment, etc. Students also learn useful phrases with the purpose of obtaining the tools necessary to be able to communicate with clients.

  • Conversation For Social Workers

Students practice and apply the vocabulary in role-play situations. Students also receive information through lectures related to the Latino family and culture.