Spanish for Firefighters and Paramedics.

FirefighterWhen we are in an emergency situation in which our health or lives are at risk, indisputably we need the services of firefighters and paramedics. In the United States, the Latino community has grown considerably. Being able to speak Spanish is becoming more and more important, especially when it comes to saving lives. Taking all of this into consideration, the Center of Languages has designed a program for the above-mentioned lines of work.


The program is divided in the following manner:

  • Pronunciation and spelling

The class material is in accordance with the student’s level on the placement test, and the class helps students with pronunciation, fluency, and spelling. Students learn and practice the rules of spelling, perform exercises in pronunciation to improve fluency, and increase vocabulary. The class utilizes the book that goes with the student’s level as well as additional material.

  • Grammar

In this class, students learn how to write correctly in Spanish, how to conjugate verbs in different tenses and utilize them correctly in conversation. Students learn the language with the help of grammar while at the same time focusing on the oral aspect of language acquisition, which is also very important. The program includes both oral and written exercises and utilizes various teaching strategies. The grammar class uses the book and extra material according to the student’s level obtained on the placement test.

  • Functional program for firefighters and paramedics.

Students learn practical vocabulary focused on emergency situations, such as specific commands, parts of the body, useful questions, etc. in a dynamic and simple manner.

  • Conversation for firefighters and paramedics

In this class, students put into practice what they have learned. Written material isfirefighter provided with examples of situations which can arise in this line of work, and students practice reacting using the Spanish they have learned. In addition, students learn aspects of the Latino culture to better understand and establish a connection with patients or victims.