Standardised Language Examinations for Nurses and Other Healthcare ProfessionalsName : Dr. Annamaria Gyorfi
Affliation : Head of PROFEX Department
University : University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tirgu Mures
Country : Romania
Discussion: When the scientific world felt the need to break down the barriers of communication between professionals, English became the lingua franca of international communications. Nowadays healthcare workers move from one country to another. Where medical care is involved, proper communication can be lifesaving.
Supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union, A consortium of Language for Medical Purposes (LMP) instructors and testing experts from eight European countries and Japan developed a framework for standardised examinations to assess and certify the second-language ability of healthcare professionals to communicate in a professional context.
The project was divided into two distinct phases: a ‘research’ phase based on a detailed needs analysis, and a ‘development’ phase. During the project, 24 sets of tests were developed for general medicine, nursing and pharmacy.
The exam papers are offered at three levels: Threshold (B1), Vantage (B2), and Effective Operational Proficiency Level (C1), calibrated in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This presentation aims to introduce the concept of Standardized Language Examinations for Medical Purposes (sTANDEM) as a unified, objective system to recognise the linguistic competence of medical professionals with special emphasis on nursing.
Biography: Annamaria Gyorfi Is The Head Of PROFEX English For Medical Purposes (EMP), Accredited Examination Site In University Of Medicine And Pharmacy Of Targu Mures, Romania. She Researched Aphasic Patients On Spontaneous Speech During Her PhD Studies At The Department Of Psycholinguistics, ELTE In Budapest, Hungary. She Then Transferred To Lucian Blaga University Of Sibiu, Romania To Finish Her PhD Studies On Aphasia From The Linguist Point Of View. She Is One Of The Founding Members Of The Standardized Language Certificate For Medical Purposes (STANDEM) Consortium. She Is Also An Item Writer, EMP Accredited Examiner And Trainer.