Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. in Occupational Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 MSc in Health Education, Lecturer, Department of Health Education and Health

4 MSc in Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran M.Sc. in Public Health, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


  Background & Objective: Teaching professional English is one of the fields of teaching English started from the 60s and simultaneous with the worldwide acceptance of English as a scientific language among scientists and researchers In teaching Medical English understanding the expectations of students is very important however up to now no study has been conducted about this topic In this study we evaluated the expectations of medical students from learning professional English   Methods: This was a crosssectional study A reliable and valid questionnaire was distributed among all of the students in the faculty of health and medical students who had the professional English course in the second semester of 2011 Descriptive statistics was performed by Mini Tab   Results: 199 students volunteered to participate and complete the questionnaire out of whom 364% were males The mean age of the study samples was 223 ± 03 years 955% of the students were interested in learning Medical English The most frequent expectation was to understand medical texts and being capable of translating the texts to Persian language The most favorable class activity expected from the teacher was to write the meaning of the words on the board and explain its components Furthermore most students wanted the final exam to be in English and include workbook practices   Conclusion: Medical English teachers can obtain higher satisfaction rate of students by considering the student expectations mentioned in this paper


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