English for Healthcare Conference (EALTHY), Castello, İspanya, 3 - 04 October 2019
Over the last few years, teaching English for Medical Purposes has gained significant importance worldwide. English is today's lingua franca of medical international communication; therefore, it is an essential prerequisite for a medical career. Studying abroad, being a part of international research projects, immigrating to an English-speaking country for working as health professionals are some of the reasons why people want to improve their English.
At Acıbadem University, The School of Medicine uses EMI (English Medium Instruction) for all courses and students take Medical English courses for three years in their Phase I education, namely Basic and Clinical Sciences. The School aims to train physicians who strive for great achievements in all fields of medicine on a national and international scale. Students are motivated to learn, acquire and use language when the entire context of the learning is within the field of their interest. Their needs and demands vary. They want to communicate in English fluently about fairly specific topics. They have a desire to publish medical articles in respected journals; they want to participate in international conferences. Some graduates are planning to apply to USMLE. Almost all graduates plan to take the Test for specialty in medicine (TUS) in Turkish. Therefore, it is challenging to motivate and meet the expectations of all students. We try to teach Medical English from the perspective of medicine and health care first and foremost while reinforcing academic English. So far, the program has been run in success with dedicated lecturers who design and improve the syllabus aligned with the Medical School curriculum. They are preparing, updating, re-forming the course materials.
This study will reflect the curriculum studies Acıbadem Medical English team has been conducting, based on insights into students' actual language learning needs, and aiming at forming a sustainable, authentic and productive curriculum.