The growing presence of the Hispanic population in the United States demonstrates a need for professionals who can help Spanish-speaking clients. These courses are intended for individuals who have previous knowledge of the Spanish language and wish to develop their linguistic and cultural abilities to better communicate with Spanish speakers within the context of social work practice. The courses include Spanish language and culture components to provide opportunities for using Spanish in real-life context. 

Intermediate

This course is for people who have taken one or two courses of Spanish in high school or college. The class will review basic structures (present indicative) and moves toward narrating and describing in the past tense through more elaborate interactions between social workers and clients. Activities will include: role play, simulations, small group practice for vocabulary and grammar, written reflections, and assigned readings for class discussion.

Advanced

This level is recommended for participants with a pre- to intermediate proficiency in Spanish (a minimum of three courses of Spanish in high school or college) who can narrate and describe events in the past, both orally and in writing; and for those who have learned past tenses but are a little bit rusty. The class will begin with a review of past tenses and move toward the use of subjunctive forms and commands through more advanced interactions in the social work setting.

Upon completion of either level, participants will receive a certificate for one credit from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in addition to 20 hours of continuing education credits (CECs).

A written test and phone interview are required to ensure appropriate placement in either the Intermediate or Advanced level course. Please contact the Professional Development Program office to schedule. The deadline to completed these assessments is Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

Please Note: Course participants in the Intermediate Level must purchase the textbook, Basic Spanish for Social Services, Houghton Mifflin Company; Jarvis, A. & Lebredo, L.  (2006 or 2010), available through an on-line bookseller.

2014 Schedule

Both classes meet Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm at SSA on the following dates:

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19

Jelani McEwen

Jelani McEwen

When Jelani McEwen begins his new job as Charter Support Manager of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools upon graduation from the School of Social Service Administration in June 2013, in some ways he will have come full circle.