Training and Support
Staff Language and Culture Services, a unit of Organizational Effectiveness (OE), provides language instruction, cultural training, and communications support to:
- University of Iowa employees who are still learning English.
- University of Iowa employees who frequently work with people who are still learning English.
- University of Iowa employees who seek to acquire Spanish as a second language for work purposes.
Corinne Stanley is the Facilitator of Staff Language and Culture Services.
English Language Instruction for Staff
English Language Instruction is free to UI employees. The purpose of the instruction is to help employees facilitate improved communication in the workplace. Speaking and listening classes and individual tutorials are available.
English Conversation Groups meet Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Melrose Conference Center, Room 6, Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP) and Wednesday from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in 2114 Med Labs.
Spanish Language Instruction for Staff
Spanish instruction is free to UI employees. The purpose of the instruction is to facilitate engagement with Spanish speakers in the workplace and to offer training helpful for professional advancement.
Spanish for the Medical Personnel meets in periodic 7 week sessions at General Hospital. Currently there are Beginner I and II levels and Spanish for Interviews classes.
True Beginner Spanish I and II and Intermediate Beginning and Conversational Spanish are offered throughout the year. Visit Employee Self-Service | My Training for future dates.
Cultural Assistance and Insights for Work Groups or Individuals
Targeted Presentations, Consultations, Research: Staff Language and Culture Services offers assistance in resolving and avoiding misunderstandings in multi-lingual, multi-cultural work areas, deliver informational presentations, and consult on particular workplace situations. We also prepare handouts and lists of resources.
Note: We regret that we do not provide health care translations or interpretation. If you need an interpreter for a hospital appointment, or a document translated for a patient, please call the Interpretation and Translation Division of the Department of Social Services, UI Hospitals and Clinics at 319-356-1967, TDD/TTY 319-356-4999. Thank you.
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