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This page is a collection of research summaries and articles relating to English for Healthcare. New articles are added regularly on a wide variety of topics, so check back in regularly.


Development of a Skill to Use Indirect Language in EFL Courses: What Kind of Grammar to Teach

This summary is inspired by the webinar given by Ros Wright on fuzziness and teaching grammar. Ros recommended a paper by John Skelton, whose definition of “fuzziness” and “hedges” has become central to the research of many other linguists. Hyland, Kibui and Demir researched the use of hedges in the academic and scientific medical writing of both native and non-native English users.


How Medical Students Perceive the Use of Abbreviations in Clinical Practice

This research summary presents two papers on testing students´ knowledge of abbreviations and assessing their perception of using the abbreviations in clinical practice. The research conducted in Malaysia (2015) was confirmed by the latter one performed in Nepal (2020). In both studies, the students were supposed to provide the meaning of standard and non-standard abbreviations and complete the questionnaire. The lists of selected abbreviations differed in their number and meaning.


Trends and Challenges in Medical Translation Teaching

This selection of papers deals with the challenges and trends in teaching medical translation as well as the culturally-based conditions the teachers must face in their daily practice. Medical translation is challenging both for the language teachers who are not medical professionals, which means they lack specific medical knowledge, and for the students who lack experience in working with the computer-assisted tools, terminology databases, and corpora, all widely used to speed up the translation process […]


How Policy Shapes Language Teaching in an Immigrant Job Training Program

In English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms, teachers often explain the meanings of unfamiliar words to learners during instruction. This study investigated how educational policies impact teachers’ vocabulary instruction in a community-based adult ESL program in the United States […]


A Combination of Learning Medical Specialized Words from a Wordlist and Incidental Vocabulary Learning

Current specialized word lists for students learning English for academic purpose are developed from written materials, but spoken vocabulary may differ from written vocabulary when students communicate in seminars and lectures. There is no medical spoken word list available and current writing-based wordlists may not be adequate to assist learners in academic medical discourse. This research developed a medical spoken word list to assist learners in academic medical discourse […]