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Optimizing the Process of Teaching English for Medical Purposes with the Use of Mobile Applications

A Memrise-based Case Study


Maria Chojnacka

The ubiquity of mobile devices has opened the way to extending learning environments far beyond the constraints of the traditional foreign language classroom. This book seeks to advance the knowledge about effective learning and teaching of English for Medical Purposes supported by mobile environments. The author investigates the effectiveness of the use of a mobile version of a flashcard spaced-repetition learning platform. In conclusion, she presents core principles of an educational solution that supports the ongoing and situated learning of English for Medical Purposes by designing a mobile spaced-repetition medical vocabulary tutor («Mobile Medical English Companion»).

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Chapter Five: A Memrise-based Case Study


5.1 Introduction

Since, as has been discussed in the previous chapters, English is considered the language of science, there is a high degree of interest in the efficient teaching and learning of English for Medical Purposes to medical students. The following pages explore some of the critical questions arising from the attempts at translating theoretical insights into teaching English for Medical Purposes into actual practice. A further reason for undertaking the research was the my interest in mobile assisted learning of foreign languages, as well as the strong conviction that mobile phones should be considered as powerful educational devices. I investigated the process of expansion of the range of vocabulary in a group of first year medical students in collaboration with their English for Medical Purposes teacher. In an attempt to identify the issues in need of resolution and assess the proper scope of inquiry, I collected data both quantitative and qualitative in nature. In an attempt to segregate the questions in the study, I concentrated on the domains of learner motivation, digital literacy and attitude towards mobile assisted language learning as being those that open the way to the proper understanding of the vocabulary test results. Also, the research project contributed to the development of a handy inventory of medical terms and, hopefully, will contribute to the development of a mobile application for learning English tailored to the needs of medical students.

5.2 Research Goals

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