The Center for Professional Development

Spanish for Human Service Professionals

NOTE: This program has been cancelled.

Wednesday evenings - 6-8pm
October 2, 9, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 2013
18 CEUs for entire program

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: Friday, September 27, 2013

(1) Participants must have experience in basic Spanish grammar and pronunciation at a minimum of Spanish I or equivalent. Residency in a Spanish-speaking country is also acceptable.
(2) Participants must complete and submit a skill-level questionnaire by Friday, September 27, 2013

To maintain a cohesive cohort, participants are expected to commit to attendance at all sessions.

Course Outline

This course approaches the Spanish language from a human services perspective. Its intention is to offer integrated Spanish language tools for the workplace and to increase Spanish fluency for working professionals who seek to improve their communication skills. The classes are built around themes and provide scenarios in which the course material will be relevant and interesting. The lessons are meant to be truly useful in situations that direct-service personnel encounter on a daily basis. Each class has three areas of emphasis:  1) Communicative – in which vocabulary and pronunciation are stressed; 2) Grammatical – in which the structures of the language are examined and practiced; and 3) Cultural – in which the beliefs, traditions and commonalities of Latin American culture are emphasized. This is an interactive class, lively and focused on proficiency. Students should expect to participate in Spanish conversation with others, and to strengthen their language skills with the provided study materials. No textbook is required.

Ken Mathieu, MEd, returns for his fourth year to Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR to facilitate the Spanish for Human Professionals course. He has been associated with the College's "Language in Motion” Program and has taught at many levels in private and public institutions, including The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. Ken has also taught Spanish and Italian at Penn State, Bloomsburg, Virginia Commonwealth, and Widener Universities, and is certified in Spanish instruction in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  

In addition to registering for this course, registrants must complete the skill-level questionnaire to assist the instructor in determining the most appropriate level of instruction. Completed questionnaires may be submitted by email attachment to or faxed to The Center for Professional Development at 610-520-2655.

Continuing Education Credits
A total of 18 continuing education credits may be earned.  Credits will be calculated using attendance records, and will be emailed at the close of the course.