The incorporation of digital technologies into the instruction of medical English

Hien Thi Thanh Dao, Chau Thi Minh Do, Lien My Tran, Phong Thanh Nguyen


English for Medical Purposes (EMP) is a specialized branch of English language teaching that focuses on the language used in the medical profession. It is a crucial aspect of medical education as it enables medical professionals to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals from around the world. In recent years, the importance of EMP has become increasingly evident due to the globalization of healthcare and the growing diversity of patients and healthcare professionals. With data collected from 14 teachers at the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP), this article explores the integration of digital technology in teaching medical English to non-native speakers. The use of technology, such as interactive whiteboards, online resources, and mobile applications, provides opportunities for learners to engage in authentic language use and simulation of clinical situations. The article highlights the benefits of incorporating digital technology in medical English instruction, including increased student motivation, enhanced language proficiency, and improved clinical communication skills. It also addresses potential challenges and suggests strategies for effective implementation. Overall, the article suggests that the use of digital technology can significantly enhance the learning experience of medical English learners and help prepare them for real-world medical settings.

Key words: English for medical purposes, digital technology, communication skills

DOI: 10.7176/JLLL/100-05

Publication date: March 31st 2024


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