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Funcational Spanish

Functional Spanish for Emergency Medical Responders

Possessing strong communication skills is vitally important to the work of Emergency Medical Responders (EMR). However, communication can be hampered if an EMR and a patient do not share the same language. This course offers lessons that will help EMR’s develop essential Spanish listening and speaking skills that will help them understand and be understood when communicating in Spanish. Participants will receive short thematic lessons that will teach them essential Spanish words and phrases that they will likely encounter on the job. They will also receive a Spanish phrasebook for reference.

This class is offered in partnership with The Hub for Language Teaching and Learning

Audience: Non-Spanish Speaking Emergency Medical Responders who work in areas with sizable Spanish speaking populations, such as the Central Valley.

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Optional Unit

One optional Fresno State CEU is available for $35.

For more information and how to register for CEUs, please contact Alexandra Clifton at aclifton@csufresno. Enroll through July 31, 2023.


Spring, 2024

Class Mode

100 % Online - Requires approximately 10 hours to complete. Students who complete all modules by July 31, 2023, will receive a certificate of completion.



Class Number


Registration Closed


About the Instructor

Dr. Jaydene Elvin is the coordinator of The Hub for Language Teaching and Learning and a professor in the Department of Linguistics, where she is the coordinator for the Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages/Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program. Prior to earning her doctorate, she earned a BA in Spanish and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Dr. Elvin lived and studied in Spain for one year and has returned for teaching and research purposes.

About the Instructor

Cheryl Chan is the assistant coordinator of The Hub for Language Teaching and Learning with over 20 years of experience in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language. After earning an MA from UCLA, she taught abroad in Mexico and Germany as well as at the adult, community college, and college/university levels in California.