Language Labs Help Global Health Students Build Cultural Literacy

February 20, 2018

DGHI is pairing the “Fundamentals of Global Health” course with weekly language tutorials offered in French, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin.

o succeed in the field, global health researchers and practitioners must become proficient in a number of skills, from project management to research methods to cultural literacy—and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) works hard to give students opportunities to develop this expertise. This semester, we added a new approach to the undergraduate curriculum mix to get at the cultural literacy part of the equation: pairing the “Fundamentals of Global Health” course with weekly language tutorials offered in French, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin. 

Language practice, though, is not the main goal in these “Voices of Global Health” courses, as most of the students are nearly fluent. Throughout the semester, students interact with people in local and international communities who speak the language the students are studying, with a focus on health-related topics. 

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Theme 
Society and Culture
Global Health