Learning Spanish is a personal goal for many. And everyone knows that immersion is the best way to learn two languages, but many of us were not lucky enough to grow up in a bilingual environment. And then others did not keep up their second language studies either formally or informally to acquire a high level of proficiency.
So where does Spanish School for SLPs come in? I created this course because I wanted help SLPs reach their goals for personal enrichment and start down the path of learning Spanish. The desired audience is SLPs who speak little to no Spanish (if you speak fluent Spanish, the information here is too basic for you). Just so we’re clear: this course does not confer a level of fluency or mastery in Spanish to be able to evaluate or treat communication disorders in a second language. It is a simple online course meant to increase your understanding and expression of Spanish terms so you can connect with Spanish-speakers in your community.
Listen, the information presented in this course is not ground-breaking and is available in many basic “Learn Spanish” type books in your local library –or available online if you do enough Google searching. What I’ve done with the course is to teach everything I think is vital to know in a way that only an SLP can do: starting out with pronunciation of vowels, diphthongs, consonants, and what some funny spellings mean phonetically, including differences between English and Spanish consonants (and how to avoid typical English-accented Spanish pitfalls). After that I organized all the basic Spanish language information into vocabulary and expressions with a lengthy review of the basic Spanish I learned as a second language learner myself many years ago. Then I move towards highlighting the most relevant vocabulary content you hear in educational and health settings. The final part leaves you with an IEP terminology dictionary and walks you through leaving a voicemail in Spanish, much like you would do a role play situation in college class. Like I said above, this course not breaking the mold in Spanish instruction, but instead providing you with a functional situation in which you may need to use Spanish to connect with a family. Lastly, I provide a script to an IEP meeting. It’s a basic framework to what is said in an IEP meeting. If you intend on using it during a meeting, I would suggest that best practice is running everything by district administration and/or their legal team just to be safe.
The course contains 24 modules with videos and PDF downloads to walk you through 3 main sections:
1) The Fundamentals:
- Starting from pronunciation of Spanish vowels including diphthongs and consonants and spelling differences between English and Spanish and then moving into the basics of Spanish (greetings, common expressions, questions, negative words, Spanish pronoun rules, Spanish verb conjugation, 30+ common Spanish verbs, time, months, weather, etc)
2) Health and School Vocabulary:
- Get all the words and expressions you need to be successful in both health and school settings. Additionally covers personal information and family vocabulary.
3) IEP Terminology and Scripts:
- Last but not least grab a comprehensive dictionary of IEP terms in Spanish, two scripts to leave a voicemail in Spanish, and a script to run an IEP meeting.
Take a look inside the course:
For each module you print out the PDF and watch or listen to the accompanying video. Each video is a voiceover of each PDF so you can just plug in your headphones with the PDF in front of you and take notes right on the PDF. Most videos range are in the 5-10 minute range, but the longest is almost 30 minutes (that’s the verb video).
The cost for Spanish School for SLPs is one flat fee: $45 for lifetime access to the course. I already have plans to add modules including past tense verbs (there are two tenses for past tense – preterite and imperfect) and prepositions. I’m planning on closing enrollment on 10/3 so this is a short turn around time. I want to close the doors because I don’t want to spend my time marketing! I don’t know when I’ll open the doors again.
Some people think Spanish is “easy” to learn — that’s only true if you are a young child living in an immersive home language environment! A level of mastery in any language requires years of practice and effort — and an understanding of the culture of the Spanish you are learning. There are regional and cultural differences between the Spanish that people speak. I work primarily with Mexican-American students, but I’ve also worked with students from Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and El Salvador -and I’ve had colleagues from Spain and Colombia. So I’ve heard many different Spanish accents and learned dialectal differences in vocabulary terms. The Spanish in the course is Mexican Spanish, but at moments in the course I talk about regional differences in pronunciation and vocabulary. If learning Spanish is a personal goal of yours, it’s not going to be “easy,” but there’s no better time than now to gain the communication skills that you need.
And what about me? I know that learning Spanish was the best thing I ever did! I started when I was in junior high — and continued my studies through high school to finally major in Spanish and graduate from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1999. At that time I moved to Chicago and started working for a multinational corporation. You don’t see any reference to speech therapy because I didn’t even know about the profession! But I ended up switching careers and getting my masters in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 2006. I immediately started working in Chicago Public Schools where I worked for six years until I left because we moved too far away. But I’ve always worked with bilingual students and families and now I’m starting my fourteenth year.
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