This podcast gave me some new perspective on the use of Spanish in healthcare. I appreciate the cultural integrative approach to teaching that you discuss. As a non-heritage speaker, I agree that it is beneficial to learn the relevant cultural aspects along with the vocabulary. A lot of teachers leave out important cultural factors early on, and I think it is more difficult to learn these later on.
Dr. Martinez explained a concept that is new to me and quite interesting. By just switching one preposition (Spanish for Health Care) we are able to make it about the speaker (patient). It emphasizes on what the learner (interpreter) can empower the patient to do instead of they can do with the language. Furthermore, he also stated that there is need for the creation of curriculum that focuses on cultural themes. Students will be able to learn about how cultural perspectives shape and impact health and relationships which is very useful for students interested in healthcare interpreting. I believe that this would be highly essential for any student in a T&I major.