For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lulu - it is a self-publishing site which works in the same way as Amazon. Click on the book you want and you are directed to a payment page.
I have just finished a 20 lesson course in English for Nurses for Thai nurses. I was asked to do a month of lessons at Pre-intermediate level for Thai nurses learning English. It was one lesson a day (put up in the morning) and corrections at night. I agreed to do 20 lessons (Mon-Fri) over one month.
I set up a dedicated Wix page for the group where I uploaded the lesson each day. Each lesson included audio clips of the vocab lists and reading texts. There is a youtube video of a dialogue relating to the topic. I'm using Goanimate now which I find better than the Xtranormal videos I previously made - you can see some of the results on my Youtube channel (Virginia Allum) or on the facebook page – English for Nursing and Healthcare).
One of the reasons I like Goanimate is that I can make my own characters, characters of any ethnicity and sex. I am now able to have male nurses! I can also make my patients look the way I want.
I made occasional use of Animoto to showcase students' work e.g. posters which they made on several health topics.
I used to put up a Youtube video each evening with corrections using Youtube capture. The Wix allowed me to add audio and video. At the end of the course I collected all the lessons and printed them as a book (on Lulu).
Using the Wix has also been very useful. I have been able to to set up separate Wixes for each student or student group. The Wix is not interactive as such but you have audio (I use Audacity for this) and video at least. There was also a dedicated facebook page set up where the students uploaded their video homework so I could check their pronunciation. It was an easy way for us all to communicate.
This particular format worked very well for the nurses as they were all working shifts and could log in whenever they had a minute. Some of them videoed their homework on their phones at work!
As a finale to the course, I collected the materials from the 20 lessons and published them on Lulu.
I am continuing to learn about self publishing and marketing to a wider audience.
I revised the first edition of 'English for Medical Purposes: The Heart' . The
second edition will soon be available on lulu and also on amazon. The aim of the
books in this series is to provide more authentic content and some grammar and
spelling tips than is possible in strictly communication focussed books. The
content is in the form of medical terminology and vocabulary used in charts and
I still work as a Registered Nurse in NHS hospitals in the SW of England and try
to keep my eye out for any hospital documents which may cause difficulties to
overseas nurses. If charts can be reviewed before nurses come across them at
work, there is a greater chance that overseas nurses will be more confident in
The aspect of content in EMP courses is always a difficult issue as EMP courses must
ensure that they are not trying to teach nursing or medical skills but instead
teach the language skills needed to perform them. Having said that, there is
always a chunk of vocab which is specific to each nursing or medical activity
and which needs to be understood before the basic communication skill can be
Face-to-face time in the class-room is best spent practising communication skills with time
spent learning vocab and medical terms out of the class-room. This is because a
part of learning medical terminology and healthcare vocab is memorising which
needs to be 'little and often'.
I am continuing the series with 'English for Medical Purposes: The Lungs' and also
'English for Nursing Assistants' . But, for now, please keep your eye out for
the second edition of 'English for Medical Purposes: The Heart'. Feedback very
co-author of 'Cambridge English for Nursing' Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate+
- Medical English: Spelling