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Course #1903
Course NameIntensive General Spanish + Medical Spanish
Course TypeLanguage for specific purposes
Lessons per week30 lpw ( Intensive )
Tuition TypeCombined (group + one-to-one)
Agefrom 16
CertificateCertificate on completion of the course
Entry Requirements
Required CertificateComment
Minimum level of Spanish: Elementary A1
Included in the price
  • Booking fee
  • Exam fee

    At the end of our intensive Spanish courses, we offer all our students the chance to take the Cambridge BULATS exam FREE of charge. (optional)

  • Activity and Excursion Program

    IH Riviera Maya organises a regular programme of social activities in the school including welcome cocktail parties, conversation exchange evenings with Mexican students studying English, lectures on different aspects of Mexican and Mayan culture, film projections with commentaries, etc.


1 week +
20 lessons of Spanish + 10 individual Medical Spanish lessons
Timetable of General Spanish lessons: from Monday to Friday, classes normally take place from 09.30 to 13.30, with a 20-minute break taken halfway through the morning
Levels of Spanish: from elementary to advanced
The average number of students per group is 3 to 4, with a maximum of just 8.

The course includes a programme of cultural and social activities that take place in the afternoons and evenings.

On the first day of the course, if you have any prior knowledge of Spanish you have both an oral and a written entry test so that your level can be ascertained and you can be placed in the most appropriate group.  The test normally takes around 40-60 minutes (depending on your level).
At the end of your course, you will be given a certificate, which indicates the number of hours you have studied with us and the level of ability you have reached.

At the end of our intensive Spanish courses, we offer all our students the chance to take the Cambridge BULATS exam FREE of charge.
The Spanish BULATS test has been developed and is delivered by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the University of Salamanca (Spain). Results are linked to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the standard benchmark used internationally to describe language ability. BULATS (the Business Language Testing Service) is a system of tests that assesses the communication skills needed for real business situations.

Medical Spanish
Designed for medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, care-workers, etc.) who need to use Spanish in their workplace, the course focuses on improving your linguistic competency in a wide range of health care contexts and situations.
The programme includes an optional visit to a Health Center, or encounters with Spanish speaking doctors or nurses.

Example programmes
Below are examples of a typical study programme for intermediate and advanced level students:

Intermediate level
Students at this level will achieve a basic competency in Spanish that will allow them to communicate successfully in most health situations at primary assistance level.
Students learn to
•    receive, orientate and inform a patient or visitor
•    participate in a basic discussion within the health aid activity
•    establish and confirm an appointment or interview
•    take notes of a telephone conversation or an interview with a patient
•    understand straightforward professional explanations or instructions
•    make and maintain telephone contacts, etc.
Other topics covered may include:
•    the elaboration and understanding of health documents and health administration systems
•    understanding patients medical history and admission details
•    understanding basic medical texts
•    writing notes and messages, completing questionnaires or forms
•    knowing how to explain a blood analysis, etc.
The organisation of different health systems may also be covered.

Advanced level
At this level students develop an increasingly accurate use of Spanish, develop their oral fluency and improve their pronunciation.
Students will be learn to:
•    understand and expand oral and written messages from almost any register in a health care context
•    communicate with patients directly, or by telephone
•    discuss and debate subjects of interest such as current healthcare policies
•    look up, order or transfer information and data
•    reply to complaints
•    comprehend and compile hospital documents (diagnostic samples, surgery plans etc.)
Subjects may include clinics and hospitals, internal medicine, diagnosis and treatment, surgery, the operating theatre, pre-operative and post-operative care, etc., as well as the organisation of different health systems

Other levels
If neither of the above are your level, however, we can also offer you a tailor-made programme to suit your level and needs.


School & Location

International House Riviera Maya

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Accommodation & Meals

Host family. Single room.
Residence. Single room.
Student Apartments. Exclusive use of 1-bedroom furnished apartment.
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