Journal article

Cross-disciplinary collaboration in research on a specific-purpose language test in the healthcare setting

Tim McNamara, Cathie Elder, Eleanor Flynn, U Knoch, Elizabeth Manias, Robyn Woodward-Kron, Sharon YAHALOM

Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice | Equinox Publishing | Published : 2018

Abstract

Central to teaching and assessing languages for specific purposes is collaboration between domain experts and applied linguists; yet, the complexity of the process has been little documented. A project involving collaboration between language testers, applied linguists and healthcare professionals in Australia provided an opportunity for exploration of this complexity. The project focused on interprofessional written communication about patient care, which forms the basis of a writing task in the Occupational English Test (OET), an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) test for health professionals. The project aimed to identify criteria indigenous to the work setting in order to inform the cr..

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