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B.A. in Applied Linguistics alum works with visiting doctors at OHSU to stengthen cultural difference and language skills
B.A. in Applied Linguistics alum works with visiting doctors at OHSU to stengthen cultural difference and language skills

This spring, Applied Linguistics alum Geoff Soule was hired by the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU as an English tutor for visiting ophthalmologists from Myanmar. The doctors come to OHSU for three months at a time as part of the institute’s International Ophthalmology Program. While here, they receive specialized training in their individual areas of expertise. After their time at OHSU, they return to Myanmar in order to better serve their communities at home. This work is truly changing lives and Geoff feels lucky to be a part of it. More on the outreach program at CEI can be found here:

https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/casey-eye/about-us/casey-community-outreach/international-outreach/seasia.cfm

Although the doctors conduct their academic and professional work exclusively in English, they have had little to no direct contact with speakers of North American English prior to coming to Portland. In the CEI sessions, they work primarily on listening and speaking skills, raising awareness around pronunciation, cultural difference, and strategies for recognizing and navigating communication breakdown.

Geoff would like to extend a sincere thank you to his professors in the Applied Linguistics department at PSU: “I can honestly say that as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, I have had need to draw from each and every one of you.”