TLC’s Genna Linton presented a 4-hour long training to 30 nurses at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The course, “Spanish for Medical Professionals: A Linguistic and Cultural Toolkit,” was focused on words, phrases, and cultural norms to help non-Spanish speaking nurses better relate to non-English speaking patients. This will potentially impact hundreds of patients working with these nurses. Just being able to ask if they are in pain or if they need water in the language the patient understands will improve the quality of care they are receiving.
TLC’s Director of World Languages Brian Barnett is consulting with Meraki Learning Center about developing a world language curriculum for its students. Meraki is a unique homeschool and enrichment center in Nashville tailored to the learning needs and interests of its students. Brian is also working with the French instructor to develop activities for several students with proficiency in French at Meraki. This work will help Meraki develop a well-planned world languages component to its curriculum to facilitate learning and enrich the language experiences of its students.
TLC offered an online webinar in April for Spanish interpreters on the terminology for falls, particularly in regard to Workers’ Compensation cases. The work involves specialized knowledge of both medical and legal terminology. Spanish Interpreters from Tennessee, Louisiana, and New Mexico completed the webinar and are now better able to handle appointments for Workers’ Compensation cases after completing the course, and the clients they are interpreting for are better represented.
TLC is translating the Cumberland River Compact’s Tree Care documents into Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Kurdish Behdini, and Kurdish Sorani. The Cumberland River Compact works with the three million people in the Cumberland River Basin in Tennessee to promote stewardship of the watershed and address causes of water pollution through education and restoration. Planting more trees is an important part of their programming, and translating the documents into these languages used in the Cumberland River Basin means they can reach more of the community.
TLC is translating housing advocacy documents into Spanish for The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Right to Counsel program. The Right to Counsel is a two-year pilot program that increased the number of Legal Aid housing attorneys from two to six. The attorneys represent renters in civil cases with landlords. The documents inform Hispanic clients of their legal rights. This will allow the Right to Counsel attorneys to better assist their Spanish-speaking clients.
These online webinars can be purchased individually or as a package. They will all take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Central.
April 4 – Understanding Generational Differences
April 26 – Positive Communications Across Generations
May 15 – Leveraging Generational Differences in the Workplace
Janice Rodriguez, the Executive Director at the Tennessee Language Center, has accepted a board member position at Tennessee State University. She will be serving on the advisory board for the College of Public Service, which will focus on recruiting, community engagement events, and fundraising.
TLC recently celebrated our most recent graduates for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). They are the 62nd cohort to complete our TESL course.
Dr. Brian Barnett, TLC’s Director of World Languages, presented a professional development workshop to Clarksville-Montgomery County School System world languages teachers in February. The workshop was part of their in-service day, and focused on facilitating target language comprehensibility. This is the third professional development workshop he has done for them.
The Tennessee Language Center was featured in the most recent In Touch With Tennessee podcast. The podcast is produced by the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service. This one features TLC’s Interim Director of Interpretation and Translation Services (ITS) talking about our language services. It’s about 12 minutes long – check it out!