Darcy W. Lear (PhD, Ohio State University) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.
Spanish for Working Medical Professionals: Linguistic Needs
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2005 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 223–232, May 2005
How to Cite
Lear, D. W. (2005), Spanish for Working Medical Professionals: Linguistic Needs. Foreign Language Annals, 38: 223–232. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2005.tb02487.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
- adult education;
- medical Spanish;
- nonclassroom learning environments;
- Spanish for specific purposes;
- strategy instruction
Abstract: This qualitative case study examined the Spanish linguistic needs of working health care professionals. Data from observation field notes, interviews, document analysis, and member checks were coded, triangulated, and analyzed following the premises of grounded theory. Results indicated that participants were able to produce routinely used words and common expression in Spanish, but were only able to understand isolated lexical items as spoken by native Spanish speakers. Their needs included written resources formatted for optimal use in the health care workplace, strategy instruction for lifelong learning, listening skills and strategies, and productive skills that go beyond semantic analysis. It was concluded that there is a need for second language acquisition (SLA) models that apply to nontraditional foreign language learning environments.