Developing an ESP E-learning Course: How an E-learning Course was Created for Medical University Students

By Ewa Donesch-Jezo and Iwona Misztal.

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp.317-324. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 771.520KB).

Dr. Ewa Donesch-Jezo

Academic Teacher of ESP, Jagiellonian Language Centre of Medical College, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Malopolska, Poland

Ewa Donesch-Jezo holds a Ph.D in applied linguistics from Pedagogical University in Krakow. She teaches ESP to students in the Medical College at Jagiellonian University. She is an author of many ESP textbooks for both undergraduates and postgraduates, and designs ESP courses for all departments in the Medical College. She has also organized commercial courses in Medical English for postgraduates. She has participated in several EU-funded international projects. Her research interests lie in the area of methodology of specialist language learning and teaching with emphasis on teaching of academic discourse writing to university students and professionals.

Iwona Misztal

English Language Academic Teacher, Jagiellonian Language Centre of Medical College, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Malopolska, Poland

Iwona Misztal holds an MA in American literature from Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She teaches ESP to university students from various departments. She organizes commercial courses in Medical English and Business English. She has coordinated several EU-funded projects related to teaching specialist language. She is a co-author of an e-learning program for physiotherapists. She is interested in teaching English to medical professionals.

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