This study is a pedagogical dialogue based on my experience teaching Spanish for Healthcare at two institutions. After exploring laws concerning language at healthcare institutions, the article analyzes the role of cultural components in a college-level Medical Spanish course and presents some activities and assignments. Cultural components such as literature, film, art, recipes, etc. can serve as humanizing elements in a course that could be dry with only vocabulary-based content. In this type of course, opportunities for interaction with patients will be likely absent; cultural elements can contribute some of the human experience without a clinical component. Integrating cultural content into a healthcare-based language course will promote intercultural competence and a more humanistic approach to using Spanish for Healthcare.



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