Meeting ESP Needs of Nursing Students at University Level: Theory and Practice of ESP Language Teaching in Nursing Students at Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Slovakia

By Zuzana Krickova and Gabriela Polackova.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper discusses some aspects of theory and practice of ESP language teaching of nursing students at Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Slovakia. It deals with some practical issues of teaching ESP in nursing, identifies the most challenging problems with ESP students of nursing. This paper also contains a characterization of a typical ESP nursing class, a profile of an ESP nursing student, suggested class activities, a summary of syllabus and course content and discusses issues of nursing vocabulary and pronunciation based on experience from teaching nursing students at an intermediate language level. Unlike students of medicine, most nursing students reach A2 - B1 level (according to the Common European Framework levels) and are interested in language learning mainly to research technical information and everyday communication needs, as English is not their main field of interest. The paper provides a guide into situation in ESP teaching at a tertiary level with which we have been dealing recently.

Keywords: ESP in Nursing, Nursing English, Nursing Text, Medical Vocabulary, Teaching an Intermediate Class, Classroom Management, Vocabulary Mistakes, Pronunciation Mistakes, Common European Framework, A2 - B1 Level

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.219-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 595.642KB).

Zuzana Krickova

Lecturer at Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Foreign Languages, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Comenius University in Bratislava, Martin, Slovakia

Dr. Gabriela Polackova

Lecturer at Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Foreign Languages, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Comenius University in Bratislava, Martin, Slovakia


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