HopiTAAL: Online language acquisition for professionals in health care
Wednesday, June 25 2:00-2:30 PM
Communication in health care is one of the largest challenges of our time. In Brussels, a region that is juridically bilingual, but de facto multilingual, these challenges are even further exacerbated. Iris Hospitals, a network of five public hospitals and eleven public hospital sites in Brussels, therefore offers courses in medical Dutch and English to all health care and administrative professionals in primary care. However, these services are at times underequipped and rush hours come at unexpected times. To face these predicaments to traditional courses, HopiTAAL was developed: a flexible and permanently available elearning environment for language learning, tailor made for health care professionals. HopiTAAL initially aimed to facilitate blended learning, but both elearning collectives as standalone students have found it to be particularly useful for professional language acquisition. A thematic and profession specific approach is the secret to HopiTAAL's success.