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"Spanish for Social Services " is an innovative, self-paced, online Spanish course designed for social workers, counselors, non-profit office staff and administrators, ministers, and anyone working with Spanish-speakers in an outreach capacity. In addition to basic greetings and general Spanish vocabulary, the course also covers job titles and people, the outreach visit, social work terms, interview phrases, insurance vocabulary, medical history, feelings, agency services, common places, accidents/common injuries and emergencies.

The course incorporates visual imagery (photos associated with words and phrases for better retention), native speakers to hear proper pronunciation, language tips, intuitive reading exercises, interactive assessments to measure your progress and comprehension, and cultural lessons. And remember--this course is self-paced (with an instructor available to answer questions)! Go through the course as slowly or quickly as you would like. 

Printable handouts including a summary of Spanish words and phonetic pronunciations are provided within the course. This online course is 100% web-based. Therefore, it is compatible with PCs and Macs and can be accessed on any computer that has web access. We recommend the following computing requirements:
  • A broadband/high-speed connection (e.g., cable, DSL, T1) to the Internet.
  • A recent version of a web browser (at least Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Netscape 7.2 or higher, or Firefox 1.5 or higher)
  • Flash Player 8 or higher
  • A sound card and speakers or headphones.
  • A screen resolution of 800x600

Your computer should meet the requirements for this course.

IntroductionCourse Tutorial, Spanish Pronunciation
Lesson 1

My Life

Greetings, Question Words, Numbers 0-9, Job Titles

Lesson 2

My Time

More Greetings, Numbers 10-10,000, Days, Months, Date, Time

Lesson 3

My Work Environment

More Conversational Phrases, People in General, Directions, Building Areas

Lesson 4 My Job: Part 1

The Social Services Visit, Agency Offerings, Office Equipment, Clothing, Colors
Lesson 5 My Job: Part 2

Survival Words, Feelings, Social Services Terms

Lesson 6 My Administration

The Interview, Specific Questions, Insurance Terms

Lesson 7 My Clients & Relationships

Personal Characteristics, Family, Likes/Dislikes

Lesson 8 My Safety & Health

Body Parts, Emergencies & Common Injuries, Safety Equipment
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Spanish for Social Services Online course
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