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One of the principles of the methodology of English for Special Purposes is that language classes should closely reflect students` areas of interest. This puts forward content-based instruction and language teachers are expected to increase their knowledge of the content area, find materials and resources that generate student interest and involvement and build intrinsic motivation and knowledge.

This brings us to the question concerning the level of knowledge that language teachers should have of their students` specialized subjects. A possible solution is team and/or tandem teaching, a form of cooperation between language teachers and discipline-specific teachers. This method introduces the necessary contents, helps determine the target situations with more precision, as well as the tasks and outcomes of teaching.

The need for team and tandem teaching is particularly important in the field of medicine which is constantly developing. Here, the medical teacher could provide invaluable information concerning relevant medical knowledge, materials and skills to be included in a language class. On the other hand, they can benefit from this cooperation as language teachers contribute by suppling the necessary methodology and linguistic knowledge in order to create a course that would meet students` needs.

Tandem teaching promotes the relationship between subject teachers, language teachers and students by integrating medical knowledge and English language teaching.


English for Medical Purposes, medical content, team and tandem teaching, learning in context

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