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EVALUATION OF AN ONLINE LANGUAGE PROGRAMME IN HEALTHCARE

ILINA DOYKOVA, IVAN MERDZHANOV

Abstract

This paper investigates the students’ perceptions and feedback of a language platform in Healthcare and the content available online for individual or collective learning in higher education. The online training programme comprises of 14 medical topics and 6 modules, developing intercultural competence. The contents and the audio-visual materials were rated by forty students in specialized English at the Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria regarding the four language communicative skills (as per CEFR). The HELP 1 questionnaire was adapted and extended for students with no experience abroad to measure what aspects of this course help them improve their English language competence and the extend to which the content meets their interests. Student feedback emphasized the need for speaking and writing activities in professional settings such as hospitals and healthcare centers. Further ideas for the optimization of the Help language programme include custom-made modules that encourage students to process professional information for an improved self-efficacy.


Keywords

communicative skills development, online language content, healthcare

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