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HELP Newsletter

June 2015

Dear friends, dear colleagues,
You are receiving the first newsletter from the Healthcare English Language Programme (HELP) Consortium. We have added you to our mailing list based on your participation in the survey conducted earlier in the project (thank you!) or simply because we think you might be interested...

The aim of this Erasmus+ project is to create a free, printed and web-based English language training programme specially designed for healthcare students and professionals at CEFR levels B1/B2. It is intended for formal and non-formal education and self-study. It will also address practical considerations such as the inter-cultural differences encountered whilst working in healthcare or the medical tourism sector throughout Europe.

Need Analysis

In the past few months, a detailed survey was carried out amongst more than 250 students and healthcare professionals and about 70 English teachers from eight European countries. In this first stage of the project, we tried to analyse current needs in this sector. The survey showed a preference for on-line, media-supported content with an emphasis on inter-cultural competence. We would like to share our findings with you: a summary and the full report are available on our website, in the News section. Have a look and compare your answers with others.

What's next?

In the next phase now underway, we are designing and developing learning materials. With a solid methodological and didactic ground, we will be able to build reliable learning resources. We are also proud to announce that we have obtained official permission to use the ICNP® terminology by the International Council of Nursing to help ensure that the learning materials are more valid, relevant and practical.
We are now moving on to the next project aims and objectives and will keep you informed when significant milestones are reached. You can check out our website with new posts coming soon.

Thank you for time.
Best regards,

The HELP team

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.