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Topic Title: Language
Topic Summary: How important is a second language?
Created On: 10/24/2012 7:39 PM

   Language   - paramedicphil - 10/24/2012 7:39 PM  
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Her in Quebec a news story broke about a Paramedic that refused to speak English to a man who's daughter was having a seizure. Language is always a tense issue here, but with 30% of the population being English, some think it is important be able to communicate in English, while other think because we are a french province French is the only language necessary and if the patient doesn't understand too bad.
My question is for EMTs and Paramedics that work in many ethnic communities with a large latio population perhaps, how important is learning a second language and what is you employer doing to encourage you to learn a second language.

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Phil PCP- ACP Student
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