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Tall trees; weak roots? A model of barriers to English language proficiency confronting displaced medical healthcare professionals

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posted on 13.01.2022, 16:45 by Gabriel Roberts
Although language assessments for medical professionals in the UK are changing, there is still a need for them to demonstrate their proficiency in English before working in the National Health Service (NHS). When providing English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses for retraining refugee doctors, we need to consider all the potential barriers that every language learner faces, as well as professional barriers that may challenge them as a specific group. The following article examines the linguistic (and psycholinguistic) barriers that confront this intelligent, motivated and diligent group of people, and puts forward a model that teachers, course planners and material designers may use for their English language training.

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Language Teaching Research

Publisher

Sage

Acceptance Date

04/10/2020

Publication Date

11/11/2020

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Roberts, G.J. (2020) 'Tall trees; weak roots? A model of barriers to English language proficiency confronting displaced medical healthcare professionals', Language Teaching Research, p.1362168820968366. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168820968366

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1362-1688

Electronic ISSN

1477-0954

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Cardiff Met Authors

Gabriel Roberts

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en

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