Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

The Integration of Digital Technologies into the Teaching of English in Medicine Section Research Articles

Abstract

Tho Doan Vo, Hien Thi Thanh Dao, Phong Thanh Nguyen, Lien My Tran

English for Medical Purposes (EMP) has been a significant part in the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). In recent years, the teaching of Medical English has changed considerably to meet the needs of new generation of learners who have grown up in the advance of digital technologies. This study exploreshow EMPteachers at a university in the south of Vietnamused digital technologies tofacilitate their teaching of Medical English. The digital age learning matrix described as an evaluation tool by Starkey (2011)was applied to identify aspects of learning occurring during the teaching practices with digital technologies(Starkey, 2011). Data were collected from interviews with 15 teacher participants inthe Departmentof ForeignLanguagesat the research site. The result showed that all teachers perceived the benefits of integrating digital technologies into teaching activities, but their use of technologies remainedlimited. Findings also revealed some potential uses of web-based tools and applications in teaching activities triggeringstudents’ learningaspects.The study suggested that teachers in a digital age need to understand how to apply learning theories into their teaching practices and the digital age learning matrix could be a planning tool for teachers using digital technologies in teaching activities.

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