Technology for Medical Language Assessment: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Background: The purpose of this edited volume is to present current research that lies at the intersection of healthcare communication, global migration, and the rapidly expanding technologies used for language testing. The global COVID-19 pandemic accelerated at a dizzying pace tectonic shifts already well under way:  English – for better or for worse – as the language of international healthcare collaboration; the trans-global flow of healthcare professionals across international borders; the scramble to remote and online delivery of healthcare education and skills assessment; and the accelerated application of artificial intelligence technologies such as neural networks and deep learning to assessing language proficiency in general, and medical language in particular.  The particular significance of this book lies in its interdisciplinary nature, in its current relevance, and in its applicability to a wide audience of readers, given that effective communication – and the assessment of it – lies at the very core of quality healthcare delivery.  The global migration of healthcare professionals, the role of English as a medical lingua franca, and the rapidly increasing use of advanced, often “black box” technologies to assess language skills, makes this a very timely volume.
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Deadline for Receipt of 500-word Chapter Proposals: 30 April 2022
  • Further Information: Robert C. Johnson (johnsor@ucalgary.ca) / M. Gregory Tweedie (gregory.tweedie@ucalgary.ca) / Saina Kiani (saina.kiani@gmail.com)