Evaluating the Effects of CBI on an English for Medical Students Program

Authors

  • Kathleen Corrales
  • César Maloof

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5294/laclil.2009.2.1.3

Abstract

This study investigated the effectiveness of CBI on the development of oral communicative competence and the causes of this development on a Medical English program in an English as a foreign language context. The participants were 16 Colombian university students between the ages of 17 and 22 from various semesters in their academic medical program. The instruments included classroom observations, learning journals, and interviews. The data was analyzed and categorized in light of the research questions. The analysis showed that students developed their oral and discourse skills in English in a relevant, challenging, and meaningful manner because the approach implemented was based on the integration of language and content. Through these materials that served as models for the students, they were able to activate their prior knowledge, lessen anxiety, raise their self-confidence and become motivated towards language learning.

Author Biographies

Kathleen Corrales

Kathleen Corrales (M.A. TESOL, M.Ed. Cognition) currently teaches English at the Instituto de Idiomas at Universidad del Norte and serves as Assistant Academic Coordinator, Extension Program. She previously taught content-based English, science, and reading to public school ESL students in the Washington, D.C. area. She also has worked in content-based course and materials design. Her research areas of interest are second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, and content-based instruction. 

César Maloof

César Maloof (M.Ed. ELT) teaches English and Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Instituto de Idiomas at Universidad del Norte. Currently, he is the coordinator of the content-based Medical English program (levels 4 and 5). He also has worked in content-based course design. His research interests include content-based instruction and computer assisted language learning (CALL).

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Published

2009-12-16

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Research Articles