Lifelong Language Learning moves away from general learning contents in contact teaching to more specialised and specific forms of training, e.g. online/mobile, on-the-job, just-in-time learning. Professional mobility has led to new demands for language learning and training. Efficient and effective language learning is not a new concept, but the teaching means are being implemented in a different way and the language materials are being adapted to the specific (learning) needs of very diverse target audiences. The context remains English for Specific Purposes (ESP) which covers English for Academic (EAP) and Occupational Purposes (EOP).
The domain of medical communication will be analysed in a multicultural context with a focus on the nature of the challenging interactions between health care providers and patients. Inisghts from stakeholders (i.e. nursing staff, programme developers, language teachers, testers and medical interpreters) will complement the developmental process.
You will be guided through the different steps of syllabus and material development. The course will predominantly be task-based where authentic data will help you acquire insights into aspects of cultural and linguistic accommodation in a workplace environment and how to translate the insights into a blended learning environment.
Keywords: medical communication, online learning, blended learning, syllabus and material design