Speaker's Profiles


Sheila Thorn is an experienced ELT teacher trainer, exam writer and materials writer, with a particular interest in authentic listening practice and language acquisition. She founded The Listening Business in 1998, providing authentic listening materials to schools, colleges and universities in the UK and overseas. She is the author of the Real Lives, Real Listening series published by Collins. Sheila also works closely with Barts Health, London, and she is currently building up a collection of authentic recordings with patients.

Ros Wright has focused on English for Medical Purposes (EMP) since 1998, when she trained qualified doctors to pass the oral component of the US medical equivalency exam. She has since co-authored several EMP titles, including Good Practice: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner (Cambridge University Press), which won the 2008 BESIG-David Riley Award for Innovation in ESP. Ros holds an MA in ELT Materials Development, is twice President of TESOL France and is currently member of both the Proposals and Conference Committees of IATEFL.

Virginia Allum is co-author of two 'Cambridge English for Nursing' books, author of 'English for Medical Purposes: Doctors' and 'English for Medical Purposes: Health Care Assistants' and author of an online English for Healthcare Professionals course. She is a practising Registered Nurse with current experience in the UK and previous experience in Australia. She is a consultant in English for Medical Purposes with a particular focus on English for Nursing, writes a regular blog 'EMP: English for Nursing and Health' and is a guest contributor to infermiers.com, a French online nursing magazine. She lives in South West England.

Lesley Hay is Senior Assessment Manager for the OET ( Occupational English Test). She taught English is Poland, Spain, and the UK, and has worked for Cambridge English Language Assessment since 2010. She holds an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University.


Chris Moore is managing director of SLC, a consultancy that arranges business and technical language courses. In 2015 SLC launched three online Medical English courses for nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants and carers, all now integrated into multiple blended-learning programmes. Chris also spent 21 years as an English teacher, teacher trainer and course designer.

Jody Shimoda is an English for Academic Purposes faculty member in the Nursing Foundation Program at the University of Calgary in Qatar. Her professional interests include the development of specialized corpora, reading fluency and content and language integrated learning.

Majda Šavle teaches English for Health Sciences and Cross-cultural Communication in Nursing at the University of Primorska Faculty of Health Sciences, Slovenia. She completed her studies at the Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana (BA in ELT Methodology; MA in English Literature, and PhD in Literary Studies).

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Agnieszka Dudzik is an EMP teacher in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland. Currently, she is involved in research into teaching effective patient communication to medical students and doctors. The research is part of her PhD thesis at the University of Warsaw.

Monika Betyna is an MA academic teacher at Medical University, School of Banking, School of Health Sciences, and Teacher Training College in Bydgoszcz. Currently, she is doing her postgraduate degree at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz and her postgraduate thesis will be devoted to English for Medical Purposes.

Robert Helán is an assistant professor in the Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He has a PhD in English linguistics. Besides English for medical purposes, his research and teaching interests include academic writing, genre analysis, media literacy, and CLIL (content and language integrated learning).

Sue Wood originally trained as a pharmacist but she now combines her love of teaching with her interest in healthcare. As Head of Medical English at Flying Teachers Switzerland, she leads a team that are involved in teaching English to a wide range of healthcare professionals.


Sonja Koren is a teacher of English at the Department of Health Studies, University of Split, Croatia where she teaches Medical English on study programmes in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiologic Technology, Midwifery and Medical Laboratory Diagnostics. She also works part-time at the School of Medicine and translates medical texts.


Irina Markovina PhD,  is professor of Psycholinguistics (Moscow Linguistics University), and Head of the Dept. of Foreign Languages, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.  She is also an editorial board member of the peer-reviewed Russian journal “Problems of Psycholinguistics”.  Her field of academic interest is psycholinguistics and its application to teaching Medical English and professional communication.

Francesca Ripamonti completed her PhD dissertation “Analysing Medical English lexis: a corpus-based research. Implications for learning and teaching” at the University of Milan (Feb. 2015). Her research focuses on Medical English lexis through Corpus Linguistics. She has been compiling a medical database (the MedEnCor-lex) and other EMP teaching and testing materials for learners.


Claus Brockmeyer is a lecturer in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen, Switzerland. His main teaching areas include Skills Training, Clinical Assessment and Nursing English. Besides teaching, Claus also worked as a nurse in intensive care and has been working as a paramedic for 25 years.

Catherine Richards is a teacher of English for radiographers and biomedical analysts in Canton Ticino, southern Switzerland. She's pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics (a lexico-grammatical analysis of digital patient information for radiography) at Swansea University in Wales. She is the co-founder and current president of EALTHY, the European Association of Language Teachers for Healthcare

Adrian Judele has worked in the education industry for more than 10 years, first teaching Economics and Business in the United Arab Emirates, then running the British Council Teaching Services in Bucharest, Romania, and for the last five years managing the exams offer of the British Council in Switzerland.

Najma Janjua, Ph.D., is a past Chair of ESP-IS at TESOL. Dr. Janjua’s research interests include English for medical purposes (EMP), language transfer, and EFL education in Asia. She has developed EMP curricula at three Japanese universities and is currently a professor at Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan.