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ERIC Number: ED277272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
EMP: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach.
Stephens, Jill
A 2-year study examined the relevance of English-as-a-second-language instructional materials for students in health care fields. The study gathered specific information on common medical activities requiring the use of English and identified problem areas. A random sample of students of medicine, pharmacy, and research science was surveyed, the largest and most diverse group being the medical students. The results suggest that while English language courses fostering all language skills are ideal, emphasis is best placed on oral communication skills. They also suggest that courses designed according to actual student language needs rather than ability, and addressing specific individual language problems, would be most appropriate. A two-part program focusing on syntax, language functions, pronunciation, and vocabulary development in the first segment and on discussion and conference skills in the second segment is recommended for the professional groups included in the study. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at a Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language (Brighton, England, April 1986).