Changing The Paradigm For Medical English Language Teaching

Summary: Medical English should be taught from the perspective of medicine and health care first and foremost while reinforcing vocabulary acquisition, grammar and structure secondly.

By:|Audience: Teachers |Category:Teaching English for Specific Purposes

ABSTRACT:

The traditional approach to English language training has done well to meet the needs of non-professional students. Today's global economy requires career-specific language that includes workplace culture and jargon for safe, effective delivery of professional services and the ability to coordinate research and treatment across borders. The ability of internationally acclaimed English tests of competency to train for or measure this is questionable,although they serve their purpose as preparation for advance language training. Current methods of instruction most commonly used today for health professionals focus primarily on English language while secondarily embedding health care terminology in the lessons. These teaching strategies of lessons replete with medical terminology and simple dialogues about visits to the doctor's office and minor illnesses fail to meet the needs of the profession. The author has developed a new methodology: a paradigm shift. Medical English is taught from the perspective of medicine and health care first and foremost while reinforcing vocabulary acquisition, grammar and structure secondly. The focus is safety-to-practice, a core component of North American nursing and medical licensing: a standard of practice. Teacher-tutors are required to be health professionals as well as language instructors. Lessons, interactions, and case studies represent simple and complex medical practices, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, treatment, etc. well beyond entry level English. On-line, internet access to our course, English for Nurses Medical Personnel© allows health professionals worldwide access to learning. Goals are set to prepare students for continuing studies in English, as preparation to licensing exams, and for English language competency at work that is career-specific. Feedback from graduates of the courses using this new paradigm concur. Nursing Associations respect its value. Medical English language teaching requires a new and modern approach. English for Nurses and Medical Personnel © meets this demand internationally by offering the first course of its kind through distance education, on the worldwide web.