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Identifying and Responding to Learner Needs at the Medical Faculty: The Use of Audio-Visual Specialised Fiction (FASP)
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Abstract

Since the development of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) in the 1980's, learner needs have been central to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) teaching and learning, including in the field of English for Medical Purposes (EMP). This paper reports on two studies, conducted at Nice University Medical Faculty between October 2015 and March 2016, designed to analyse and respond to learner needs in EMP. While the first study was a needs analysis of medical students, the second one concentrated on certain needs previously identified and sought to satisfy them using audio-visual specialised fiction or "Fiction À Substrat Professionnel" (FASP). It focusses on the use of a clip from a medical television series and how it was used in the classroom to reinforce good medical practice through the identification of on-screen procedural problems. Qualitative data were collected using questionnaires and interviews and data analysis showed an evolution in students' critical analysis and in their cultural and medical practice awareness. The study therefore suggests that it is possible to satisfy a demand for quality language education with students who are not language specialists and that audio-visual FASP seems to be an interesting and useful pedagogical tool in ESP to meet the differing needs of specific professions. [For the complete book, "New Developments in ESP Teaching and Learning Research," see ED578581.]

Citation

Franklin-Landi, R. Identifying and Responding to Learner Needs at the Medical Faculty: The Use of Audio-Visual Specialised Fiction (FASP). Retrieved August 6, 2020 from .

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