UNR Spanish Classes Target Working Professionals

Feb 23, 2016

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Three free Spanish classes for people interested in law enforcement, health care and mining will soon be offered by the Latino Research Center at University of Nevada, Reno this spring. Reporter Rocio Hernandez reports.

With Northern Nevada's growing Hispanic population, foreign language instructor Ludmila Tugues sees the need to help close language barriers that doctors, police officers, lawyers and miners face at work.

“I think these classes are very important in each of the fields that we are covering because communication is essential in every people’s job," she explains, "so if a doctor cannot communicate with their patient, then what’s the point?" 

This is the first full year that the Latino Research Center has offered this service and unlike other Spanish classes, the instructors cater their lessons to each field and provide their students with vocabulary that can be applied to situations that they run into on the job. For example, Tugues teaches her students how to conduct traffic stops and arrests along with reciting the Miranda rights in Spanish.              

To sign up for the class call the Latino Research Center at (775) 784-4010 or email Foreign Language Instructor Diego Tolaba at dtolaba@unr.edu