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Navidinia H, Zare Bidaki M, Hekmati N. Incorporating E-learning in teaching English language to medical students: exploring its potential contributions. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2016; 30 (1) :1195-1201
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4168-en.html
Department of English Language, University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran. , navidinia@birjand.ac.ir
Abstract:   (2161 Views)

Background: The spread of technology has influenced different aspects of human life, and teaching and learning are not exceptions. This study aimed to examine the potential contribution of the use of technology in teaching English language to medical students.

  Methods: This qualitative-action research study was conducted in Birjand University of Medical Sciences (BUMS), with 60 medical students taking a general English course in the Fall Semester of 2015. The class favored different tools and multimedia facilities such as a tube channel, e-dictionaries, educational films, and e-textbooks to enhance students’ learning. In addition, the class had a weblog in which students could upload assignments and receive feedback from peers and the instructors. 

  Results: The results revealed that e-learning could enhance students’ language proficiency and facilitate the teaching process. Learners preferred to use more e-dictionaries to learn the meaning of the new words, watch English medical films to boost their speaking and listening skills, and use the electronic version of their textbook as they could carry it wherever they wanted.

  Conclusion: The students preferred this method of learning English as they became more independent by using the electronic facilities. They found that learning English did not have a fixed institutionalized method, and e-learning activities could provide them with authentic input for language learning even outside of the classroom.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: E-learning

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