The Integration of Digital Technologies into the Teaching of English in Medicine

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 explores how EMP teachers at a university in the south of Vietnam used digital technologies to facilitate 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 in the Department of Foreign Languages at the research site. The result showed that all teachers perceived the benefits of integrating digital technologies into teaching activities, but their use of technologies remained limited. Findings also revealed some potential uses of web-based tools and applications in teaching activities triggering students’ learning aspects. 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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