English for Medical Purposes at lower levels is about consolidating basic communication skills like asking for information, giving simple instructions and listening for key information. This prepares the learner for the more complex communication skills of levels B2 and beyond.
Many of the everyday communications in hospital are simple communications which may,however,contain a lot of health-related vocabulary. So, the lower levels of EMP are about practising scenarios which include no more than five new vocab terms.
I was looking at some English for Nursing books which have been published as early as late last year - it was like being on a set of 'Life on Mars'. Pages of glossaries with the occasional text to read but no guidance as to what to do with the translated word lists.
This week I decided to learn gaelic before a planned trip to Scotland in August. Just a bit of fun but a great reminder of how it feels to learn a language.The letter combinations don't relate to the sounds on the audio (familiar?) and I have to keep going back to the glossary to remember what the words mean. It was a useful exercise for me as I start preparing to write some medical English materials at pre-int level.
Hence, the picture above. It's a little experiment. I have already started making xtranormal videos of short scenarios for dialogue and role play practice. These are then uploaded to Youtube. The videos use figurines in cartoon mode which set me thinking about a way to produce photos using similar figurines. These can be used to stimulate discussion or as a prompt for gapfills etc.