Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

FLL Collaboration with Auburn University Audiology Outreach in Guatemala

During Fall 2011, the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and the Department of Communication Disorders initiated a partnership to provide Spanish interpreting and translation during biweekly audiological testing conducted through the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Along with the Municipality of Guatemala City, this outreach program is a hearing screening program to serve impoverished children who the Municipality has identified as at risk for becoming "children of the street". These 1500 children are provided with an education and two meals each day in 8 schools located throughout this large municipality.

An external equipment donation to the Department of Communication Disorders has procured test equipment that will allow the follow-up hearing tests to be completed remotely at the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic for all children who failed the initial hearing screening in Guatemala. Currently, there are three Lecturers from the Spanish Section of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures- Alicia Almada, Ari Gutman, and Constanza Holland- who are serving as part of the evaluation team as interpreters. These interpreters also participate during pre-evaluation meetings to discuss the child's medical and educational background prior to the testing. Children needing a hearing test will no longer have to wait months for audiology students and faculty to return to Guatemala and language barriers will be eased by the interpreting carried out by the Spanish Lecturers.

Last Updated: July 03, 2012