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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 Six: Pedagogical Implications


6.1 Introduction

This chapter explores the issues concerning the design of a mobile application supporting the learning of English for Medical Purposes by medical students, i.e. a novel educational solution that emerged from the general discussion in the preceding chapters and insights from the study. The chapter first examines student comments regarding Memrise usage. Then general principles of mobile tasks are discussed. The chapter concludes with a description of the Mobile Medical English Companion.

6.2 Student Comments Analysis

The results of the statistical analysis of research data were discussed in detail in Chapter 5. However, as regards the development and integration of mobile learning environments, it is important to recognise the value of not only easily classified statistical data but also of the opinions of end users, learners. This section discusses learner contributions obtained in the open questions section of the post-project survey.

The study participants evaluated Memrise on a scale from 1 to 5 (see the discussion in Chapter 5). They were also asked to comment on the grade awarded to Memrise in the open questions section (63% of the study participants justified the grade awarded to Memrise). The study participants were also asked to comment on what they liked, did not like and would like to improve about Memrise.

The study participants voiced the following drawbacks of Memrise, which can be classified into: repetitiveness of items, time consuming process of learning, inconvenient answer entry mode (i.e....

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