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Language – an important tool in healthcare

Language – an important tool in healthcare

Would you like to know more about language and cultural aspects within healthcare professions? Do you want to develop your own language skills or lead the language development of others in multilingual work environments?

During 2020, Åbo Akademi University offers the following professional development courses connected to healthcare professions: two multiform courses (2 x 5 ects) focusing linguistic and cultural aspects in relation to working life, as well as a skills course (Swedish/Finnish) mainly situated at the workplace. The first two courses consist of IRL meetings during four days (at 13-16) with digital meetings between.

Course language varies according to the lecturer, but participants are free to choose theirs. Participants’ understanding will be supported in the three course languages Swedish, Finnish and English. Read more about the courses below!

Target group
Healthcare professionals, particularly in elderly care.

Time
Spring 2020:
        Multilingualism in society and working life – focusing healthcare (5 ects)

Autumn 2020:
        Leading the development of language skills at the workplace (5 ects)
        Developing language skills at the workplace (0 ects)

 

Contact
Liselott Forsman, liforsma@abo.fi

Fees
No course fees; financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Travel, food and accommodation at own expense.

Course enrollment
Deadline December 4, 2019 at www.cll.fi/anmalan


Contact information

Pia Nygårdas

Project coordinator
Åbo Akademi, Rantakatu 2, 65100 Vasa

pia.nygardas(a)abo.fi
050 3397 899

Spring 2020, starting January 16


Multilingualism in society and working life – focusing healthcare (5 ects)
The course provides a research-based foundation for other courses. It focuses aspects of language and culture on an overall level, such as the central role of language for work and profession, the interaction between and possibilities for use of several languages, and bi- and multilingualism in individuals, organizations and society. Content includes intercultural  approaches at work e.g. in relation to how traditions and values create belonging, and languages in relation to old age and disease.

 

Fall 2020


Leading the development of language skills at the workplace (5 ects)
The course prepares for how to lead the development of language skills in workplaces with demographical changes both in staff and clients. Content includes examples of how to build a learning organization around language; shadowing, tutoring and other models for language development at the workplace; the promotion of multilingualism among staff; multilingual terminology for work purposes. The previous course is recommended as a basis for a more knowledgeable support process.

Developing language skills at the workplace (0 ects)
The course can be flexibly taken alongside other courses (no study points), preferably as senior staff takes the course Leading the development of language skills at the workplace.

The course stresses the development of language skills as a long-term process, while also highlighting support that can contribute to more efficient learning. Oral skills will be in focus, but also written skills according to individual needs. Examples of possible content: skills practice through work in tandem pairs; terminology for specific purposes; individual feedback; intercultural approaches at work.

Updated 25.11.2019