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English in Medical Education An Intercultural Approach to Teaching Language and Values Author: Peih-ying Lu, John Corbett

Paperback - 232 pages
13 Aug 2012
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


This book addresses recent developments in medical and language education. In both fields, there have been methodological shifts towards 'task-based' and 'problem-based learning'. In addition, both fields have broadened their focus on clinical expertise and linguistic skills to address issues of cultural competence. English in Medical Education responds to these changes by re-imagining the language classroom in medical settings as an arena for the exploration of values and professional identity. The chapters cover topics such as the nature of cultural competence; how to understand spoken discourse in a range of medical settings; the use of tasks and problems in language education for medics; the development of critical skills and the use of literature and visual media in language education for doctors. It will interest everyone teaching English for Medical Purposes.


The authors have written a highly readable, thought-provoking book in response to a rapidly developing educational field. They successfully highlight the parallels between inter-cultural communicative competence and cultural competence in medical education and suggest valid ways of exploring medical language and medical talk by using contemporary digital resources.

- LINGUIST List 25.956 (2014)
- Catherine Richards, University of Swansea, Wales

Author Biography:

Peih-ying Lu is Associate Professor of English, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. She has published on intercultural language education in Taiwan, intercultural language education and citizenship, and on the use of art, literature and problem-based learning in medical education.

John Corbett is Professor of English at the University of Macau and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on language education and on corpus-based linguistics. Among his books are An Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters 2003) and Intercultural Language Activities (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Readership Level:

Research / Professional

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