Two years ago I was asked to start a project for nurses to learn a foreign language. The project was funded by The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. The project will now be launched as a free online language course and a free mobile app for iPhone and iPad (and Android phones will be launched in December 2011) called Health Lingo. The application contains over 16 000 words related to health care and general words that might be needed...in English, Russian, Swedish and Finnish.
I am not a nurse by profession, but a language teacher, so my team and I have researched vocabulary in the field, had artists draw pictures and worked on thousands of vocabulary, grammar
, audio and reading exercises online.
If you wish to use flashcards with pictures of body parts, medical equipment etc you can download them here with translations in all 4 languages
or download the mobile app Health Lingo or use the site www.vardsvenska.fi
to learn some vocabulary yourself or print worksheets for students from the material bank, create crosswords with vocabulary from the health care sector...etc.
If you have feedback about this project, please contact me.