Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Research in Teaching and Education
Enhancing Professional Communication Skills in Teaching English for Specific Purposes
Tímea Takács, Daniel Czar
The main goal of the paper is to discuss the topic of enhancing communication skills in foreign language learning, especially in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). In ESP, professional-patient or professional-client communication is essential, inevitable, and a basic condition for the actualization of effective work. Through conducting a case study involving different groups of English for Healthcare Purposes students, my aim is to collect information regarding students’ needs, the challenges they face, and their commitment to the field of international professional-patient communication. This is to determine new strategies that students can implement to develop their skills. The participation of a simulated patient, a new and integral part of the course, is an important aspect of the study, as well as teaching professional communication techniques through specific language activities. The different ideas presented, and the different types of materials shown can also be useful in the broader context of general foreign language teaching and also for foreign language teaching for specific purposes.
keywords: role-play, healthcare, study, material, evaluation.