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 Course Title:   Spanish for Emergency Services


 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    163

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Basic grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary of the Spanish language to be used when dealing with Spanish-speaking persons encountered in public service occupations such as policing, fire/rescue and emergency medical services. Overview of Spanish-speaking cultures.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Phrase closed-ended questions in order to obtain information appropriate to the situation encountered.
  2. Give emergency directions to a Spanish speaking person(s) in order to render an emergency situation safer for all concerned.
  3. Understand basic concepts and perceptions that prevail in Spanish-speaking cultures.
  4. Phrase books in the form of handouts provided by the WA Criminal Justice Training Commission and/or others will assist students in dealing with the most common circumstances encountered.
  5. Expedite aid to the sick, injured, or lost, and provide assistance in a more complete and professional way.
  6. Employ safer methods needed to complete and survive unknown risk and high risk contacts.
  7. Communicate with Spanish-speaking persons to defuse stressful conditions making them more effective problem-solvers.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.
4.6 Utilize ethical practice in relation to diverse communities and cultures for the promotion of equity and social justice.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Basic words, language skills, and sentence structure in order to develop key phrases and critical closed-ended questions.
  2. Practice with everyday non-confrontational conversations between students, with emphasis on pronunciation, will support a transition to more difficult or stressful dialogues.
  3. Scenario-based exercises will provide students an opportunity to work in realistic activities.
  4. Phrase books in the form of handouts provided by the WA Criminal Justice Training Commission and/or others will assist students in dealing with the most common circumstances encountered.
  5. Background of Spanish-speaking countries, traits and belief structure will assist students in developing cultural awareness and a pluralistic approach to solving problems and assisting persons in need appropriately and with sensitivity.
  6. Receive transcribed instructions for the most common Spanish commands to issue during unknown risk and high risk contacts.