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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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Figure 1: Categorization of ESP (after Basturkmen 2006)

Figure 2: ESP classification by experience (Dudley-Evans − St John 1998, after Robinson 1991: 3–4)

Figure 3: The expanding focus of EST (Parkinson 2013, after Halliday 1993)

Figure 4: Motivation dichotomy (after Brown 2000, Dörnyei 2001)

Figure 5: Gardner’s conceptualisation of the integrative motive (after Dörnyei 2001: 17, Dörnyei 2005: 69)

Figure 6: The relationship between computer literacy and willingness to adopt new technologies for learning

Figure 7: Factors affecting motivation in m-learning

Figure 8: Classification of educational spaces (after Kuzmicz – Skrzydlewski 2012: 82)

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