ERIC Number: ED333712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Giving a Prepared Talk as a Special Goal in Teaching Medical English.
Rudnai, Mary; Ferenczy, Gyula
In English-as-a-Second-Language instruction at the Semmelweiss Medical University (Hungary), the giving of prepared talks is incorporated into instruction in three forms: (1) independently-composed problem-posing presentation of a written text; (2) prepared talk on a medical topic of general interest, selected by student or teacher; and (3) roundtable discussion on medical topics. The international character of medicine requires that future medical professionals be able to participate in medical discussions, arguments, and debates. This ability to express thoughts consists of the following skills: presenting and justifying thoughts; announcing the structure of thoughts in advance; supporting statements with data; giving and refuting possible counter-arguments; convincing listeners; admitting defeat; and completing thoughts. The student's prepared talk usually takes narrative form. Topics are related to actual issues of health and treatment. Ahead of time, students write down unknown words, guide words, key words, and words of Latin origin. The talk is given three times, then practiced in the form of a dialogue or discussion. Roundtable discussions use role-playing on topics reflecting social and human concerns in medical care. Format is determined by language functions, such as expression of agreement, disagreement, argument, suggestion, opinion, interruption, introducing a speaker, etc. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Hungary; Semmelweiss Medical University (Hungary)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (7th, Budapest, Hungary, August 21-26, 1989).