The number of ESP e-learning courses is slowly but steadily growing in the globalized world in response to the demands of the educational settings and the labour market. The dynamic development of technology has irreversibly tied language learning and teaching to the computer software, which has important implications for both language teachers and students. Anyone concerned with second language teaching and learning has to become familiar with the nature of technology-mediated courses. The computer-based tasks included in these courses engage learners in interactive language acquisition, and teachers in the supervision of learning process and assessment of the learners’ progress. Many of online courses, especially those for ESP, are the result of EU-funded international projects. Examples of these are English for Chemists, English for Conservation Science, and English for Therapists. This paper describes the development of an e-learning course for therapeutic professionals. The key issues which will be discussed are: the stages of developing an online course, the choosing of course content, and, lastly, the pedagogical framework of the course, including input resources and types of interactive exercises to be used in the course.
|Keywords:||E-learning, English for Specific Purposes, Materials Development, Multimedia|
Academic Teacher of ESP, Jagiellonian Language Centre of Medical College, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Malopolska, Poland
English Language Academic Teacher, Jagiellonian Language Centre of Medical College, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Malopolska, Poland
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