DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Newspaper, magazine and journal excerpts about ¡Español
in Medical Spanish for Family Practice Residents
Dr. Pamela Frasier & Diane Dávalos
Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal
Abstract: U.S. Residency programs vary widely in types of training
offered to increase cultural competency and sensitivity. However,
a paucity of empirical studies exists regarding effectiveness of
these experiences. The purpose of our study was to offer and evaluate
a linguistic mini-immersion, ¡Español Rápido!,
required of new family practice interns during their residency orientation
month at the University of North Carolina. The curriculum was based
on accelerative learning, a pedagogy that considers all parts of
the brain, the para-conscious, and the role of the emotions. Pre-post
tests of learners, along with a post-immersion and six-month follow-up
evaluation indicated that the mini-immersion was successful. A simple
t test for paired samples showed a significant improvement in interns'
comprehension after the six-day immersion (t=11.3999, p>.000).
This brief experience should be viewed only as a first step in a
long-term plan for a comprehensive curriculum to prepare family
practice residents as culturally competent practitioners.
Passion for Learning
Spanish with brain friendly fun
Susan Norman & Alex Johnson,
Resource Magazine, London, England
in good company if the prospect of learning or speaking foreign
languages fills you with dread… freezing up and fumbling for forgotten
words is no fun. Learning can be so different though! What if you
can relax and enjoy the experience-the fun and laughter of natural,
childlike learning, while you transform yourself and your language
skills through games, dressing up and play-acting….
…at the end of the course, I was very sad to leave and knew I would
really miss it, and I came out of it not only with the ability to
speak basic Spanish, but feeling charged with a new energy for learning,
and enriched beyond anything I had experienced before.
Language Not Always Headache William Charland,
Rocky Mountain News
a deceptively powerful, childlike approach to education based on
music and riddles and games. Eight hours a day, my classmates and
I scrambled around like kids at recess, laughing and playing in
Spanish... First, we'd learn a bit of vocabulary - say, parts of
the body. Then we'd be given a skit or a contest to act out what
we'd studied, the results were remarkable. For the first time, I
found myself learning new words and phrases in order to communicate,
not just to pass a test. It's a process of weaving new information
with all the facts and feelings of actual life, very much as children
learn...Americans are recognizing the value of learning Spanish.
And some of us are finding the process can be fun.
Effective Ways To Learn A Language
35 Hour Course Teaches Most How To Converse
Jo Beth McDaniel,
Investor's Business Daily
if you hated language classes, you may respond quickly to newer,
more innovative approaches to learning. No more memorizing verb
tenses... Research shows that variety - whether from games, ethnic
music or interactive computer programs - speeds learning and improves
retention...At Expanded Learning, students are involved in dramas
where they must use their new language to communicate. These and
other memory techniques help language settle in the long-term memory
bank. Retention is important: in traditional classroom settings,
as much as 70% of material learned may be forgotten within a 24-hour
period. "It has to be fun or it's not going to stick,"
said Expanded Learning owner Davalos.