• This project aims to develop podcasting technologies to train paramedics to communicate in English as a common language

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Advancing vocational competences in foreign languages for paramedics -2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37769

The MEDILINGUA project (2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37769) is funded by sector program Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of innovation within Lifelong Learning Programme. Its activities are implemented in Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Germany and the United Kingdom. The project started officially on the 1-st of January 2014 and will continue for 24 months.

Specific reason for this project is the lack of appropriate vocational competence in the field of foreign languages for paramedics (Oxford dictionary: “people who are trained to do medical work, especially emergency first aid, but are not a fully qualified doctors”).

Aims of the project:

  • to raise employability and vocational mobility of paramedics through advancing their vocational competences in foreign languages
  • to develop multimedia training delivery system,
  • to provide attractive VET training.

The main results of the project will be a tested delivery system, ready to be used by general public and e-Learning training contents supported by thematic podcasts on VOLL.

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The primary focus of the Medilingua project is paramedics (defined as “people who are trained to do medical work, especially emergency first aid, but are not a fully qualified doctors”). Across Europe the demand for qualified paramedic skills is increasing, as is the mobility of people across the EU. With increased mobility, however, comes increased emergencies.

Although the professional training of paramedics across Europe is high, however, in many Member States the ability of paramedics to communicate with patients from other countries does not necessarily keep pace with the range of languages they meet – often in emergency situations where effective communication might save lives.

Using podcasting technology as a platform, the Medilingua project aims to raise the language skills of paramedics in partner countries by developing an English language-based communication course for paramedics. It will be directed towards the most commonly encountered emergency situations in the thematic areas of adults, children, infants, pregnant women, and elderly people.

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Thus the VET competencies of paramedics will be raised in partner countries while, at the same time, improving the language skills of paramedics and helping to save lives.

As well as dissemination, exploitation and evaluation activities, the project’s activities include:

  • Research to identify (a) the most commonly met health- or life-threatening  situations in partner countries, and (b) the most commonly used mobile devices by people from the target groups.
  • The development of an effective podcasting methodology for this client group in different partner countries
  • The development of training content (in the five thematic areas), relevant to different countries.
  • Testing both the delivery system and the training content, along with relevant iteration, to produce a robust and effective training system.