Call for Papers now live! Closes 31 January 2019

This unique conference is dedicated to the teaching and learning of English for healthcare. It aims to encourage an exchange of ideas to stimulate discussion and to provide a platform for the presentation of new ideas, approaches and material to the understanding of, and teaching of, language and communication in healthcare.

We welcome proposals that relate to classroom practice and proposals that are research based and develop our understanding of how language is used in medicine and healthcare.

The conference attracts language teachers and communication skills trainers working with health professionals (e.g. nurses, doctors, dentists, radiographers, physiotherapists) both in training and in the workplace, and practitioners from the medical translation and interpreting field.

SESSION AREAS INCLUDE but are not limited to:

• Content-Based and CLIL

• Language Skills Training (Reading, Speaking, Listening, etc.)

• Teaching pronunciation for medicine

• Assessment (e.g. OET)

• Technology in the classroom

• Task-based and problem-based learning

• Academic medical English

• Writing for publication

• Role plays / Simulation

• Corpora in the classroom

• Lingua franca English in medicine

• EMI for medicine

• Teacher professional development

• Medical interpreting & translation

• Intercultural communication

• Communication skills

• Information writing for medicine


(Please indicate clearly which session category your proposal is for)

  • Workshop: A practical, hands-on session. 90 minutes

  • Practice-oriented Presentation: focused on classroom practice - 35 minutes (to include up to 15 minutes questions)

  • Research based Presentation: focused on completed research - 35 minutes (to include up 15 minutes questions)

  • Dialogue: An expert in a specific aspect of the field engaging and interacting with the room (not a formal presentation format) - 35 minutes

  • Poster: Posters are especially suitable for academic research in progress and completed. We’re very keen to encourage such submissions. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters Size A0 / A1


  • 200-300 words maximum (no references)

  • Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps (italics fine)

  • Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract

  • Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead

  • Your abstract should clearly summarise the content of your session/poster

  • Please add your full name, email address and affiliation (or Private) to the abstract

  • Please indicate which type of session you wish your abstract to be included in (NB the organisers reserve the right to assign your presentation to a different session type)

  • If the presentation is commercial in nature, this must be clearly indicated

Please email your abstract to

Receipt of your abstract will be acknowledged. If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours, please get in touch at

Publication: There will be a conference publication (digital or print yet to be decided)

Fees: Full, standard conference fee will be around €220. Speakers and delegates pay the same fee.

There will be Early Bird discounts and EALTHY membership discounts, reducing this full, standard rate by up to 50%.

Registration: Opens March