Language course

The language course in Nijmegen is obligatory.

It needs hardly be said that mastering the local language is a prerequisite when working with patients. When you go to work as an expatriate doctor in another country you will therefore need to master the language. A mastery of the local language is also important in social terms: it makes your stay much more pleasant.  

  • Tanzania: Swahili
  • Nicaragua: Spanish
  • Ghana: Twi 
  • Surinam: Sranan Tongo
  • Indonesia: Bahasa

Tanzania: Swahili  In Tanzania you can speak English with the doctors, your supervisor and most paramedics, but you will rarely be dealing with English-speaking patients. In Tanzania almost everyone speaks Swahili, the national language, which is taught from primary school. In remote areas the children and the elderly speak their tribal language and sometimes just a little kiswahili; this is especially true in Kagera (Rubya). Swahili is also important for daily life. There is a course in Swahili for students who will be participating in the Rotation Programme for Student Doctors in low-income countries in one of the hospitals in Tanzania, and for other interested parties. The course consists of 10-11 lessons. Lecturers: Mrs Ria Huijgen and Mr Willem van Ballegooyen.

 

Location: CK 2 zaal (2e verdieping AIG, verzamelen hal Radboudumc).  Costs: in overleg met docenten.  

Classes Willem van Ballegooyen: Saturday 10.30 - 13.00 hrs

2018: 26 May, 9 and 23 June, 7 July, Summerstop, 4 and 18 August, 1, 15 and 29 September, 13 and 27 October  (for students December 2018 and March 2019 period).

Extra classes: 24, 26 and 31 July, 7 and 9 August 2018

Enrolment with Lecturer: Willem van Ballegooyen, aanmelding/enrolment: Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft JavaScript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

 

Classes Ria Koolen: Saturday 10.30 -13.00 hrs

2018:  24 November, 8  December. 2019:  5 and  19 January,  2 and  16 February,  2, 16 and 30 March,  13 and 20  April  (for students June and September 2019 period).

Lecturer: Ria Huygen-Koolen, aanmelding/enrolment: Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft JavaScript nodig om het te kunnen zien. tel.nr. 06 57933548

 

  • Nicaragua: Spanish  In contrast to the other studentship postings, in Central America, Spanish will be used to communicate not only with patients but also with doctors, your supervisor and the paramedics. Only rarely does one encounter a supervisor or doctor who speaks English. All patients speak Spanish, and Spanish is also important for daily life. Students and other interested people who are going to Central America can take a group course or private lessons in Spanish.

 

  • Ghana: Twi  In Ghana you can easily speak English with the doctors, your supervisor and the paramedics, but you will rarely be dealing with English-speaking patients. Many languages are spoken in the areas around Techiman and Berekum. Twi is the most common. At present there are no opportunities for students going to Ghana to take a group course or private lessons in Twi. Courses offered commercially may be found using studentet. The NIIH secretariat has a booklet which you may copy for your own use. Since Twi is a tonal language, you cannot learn to speak from a book.

 

  • Surinam: Sranan Tongo  In Surinam you can speak Dutch or English with the doctors, your supervisor and the paramedics. Dutch is the official language in Suriname and is taught at primary school but, especially in the interior, many people do not speak Dutch. You can make a copy at the NIIH secretariat of the ‘Werkboek Sranantongo’.

 

  • Indonesia: Bahasa This course is aimed for beginners up to fluent learners of Bahasa Indonesia, the Indonesian language, often referred to as “bahasa”. It is a language well worth learning for visitors heading to Indonesia, whether for work or for tourism purposes. In each meeting you will learn about the basic forms of the language, enrich your vocabulary, as well as formulating and speaking sentences that enable you to express yourselves in Indonesian to the native speakers. This course is taking into account that you will go to Indonesia as a part of your medical internship, and is aiming you to familiarize yourself with basic medical conversations and terms in bahasa. As you go along with learning the basics of the language, you will also start to build your bahasa medical vocabularies that may help you in your work in the clinical settings. And the most important aim of the course is to enable and to build your confidence in speaking bahasa
  • Practical information: There are in principle 2 batches of courses every year. The courses are held in a group in the evenings, once every two weeks. The duration of each meeting is between 60-90 minutes depending on the number of participants. The course consists of 10 lessons, conducted in English. For more up-to-date information and signing up, please contact Intan at  Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft JavaScript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

     

     *The course instructor is an Indonesian medical doctor, currently doing her PhD full time in the Department of General Internal Medicine, RUNMC.