The Overseas Dentist: Communication Skills for the EFL Student in Dental Medicine

Laura Ioana Leon

The ability to communicate in a foreign language has become very important nowadays, with the increasing number of Romanian dentists who are trying to find a workplace abroad. Once these dentists find themselves in the foreign medical system, they are confronted both with the linguistic and cultural barriers. A medical dentist needs to be able to fully understand and communicate with his / her patient. Therefore the aim of our research is to emphasize the importance of teaching dental students, during the ESP seminars and courses, the importance of acquiring the necessary communication skills. All these would enable the overseas dentist to carry out his / her duties in a foreign language more effectively and with greater confidence. The dental students become aware of the cultural issues and on the different aspects of culture that could possibly cause misunderstanding during the future medical encounter.

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