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Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         G. Baskaran, Ph.D.



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English for Medical Students of Hodeidah University, Yemen
A Pre-sessional Course

Arif Ahmed Mohammed Hassan Al-Ahdal, Ph.D. Scholar


Despite Arabic being the medium of instruction in Yemeni schools, English is the medium in many higher educational institutions in Yemen, like medical colleges. This change in the medium puts a strain on the students. As a result, many of them rush to language teaching institutes to learn to cope with the new medium in tertiary education. Many students, it is observed, watch English movies and use electronic media to develop communication skills. They struggle hard to learn to both receive and produce English sentences and discourse.

The deficiency of the English-oriented programmes at the pre-university level can be traced to the approach adopted by the teachers of English. They design courses and teach them in such a way that the learner is no more than a passive element in the educational process. Teaching or learning, in such a strategy, is essentially monologic; it is not based on interaction as promoted by the communicative theories of language teaching.

The increasing significance of English in all the fields of knowledge calls for a re-orientation in the curriculum, the methods of teaching and the approaches adopted to serve such a purpose.

The present study is divided into seven chapters. Chapter one is introductory, and deals with the context of the study; it discusses the role of English as an international language, the status and use of English in Yemen. It also sheds light on the intent and justification for a course for medical students of Hodeidah University, and presents the research questions that this study attempts to answer. Chapter two describes the origins and classification of ESP, and examines the contrast between ESP and EGP. Chapter three defines Needs Analysis and its role in an ESP context. It also discusses the different approaches to Needs Analysis. Chapter four talks about the importance of aims and objectives in general, and presents the aims and objectives of the course at hand. Chapter five argues for the essentiality of syllabuses and introduces the syllabus used on this course. Chapter six draws attention to ESP materials and presents the materials prepared for the subjects of this study. Chapter seven presents the limitations of the course and gives the researcher's own observations. It also contains a feedback questionnaire.

This is only the beginning part of this Masters Dissertation. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE DISSERTATION IN PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION.

English Loanwords in Meiteiron A Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Analysis | A Report on the State of Urdu Literacy in India, 2010 | More Than Meets the Eye Reasons Behind Asian Students' Perceived Passivity in the ESL/EFL Classroom | English for Medical Students of Hodeidah University, Yemen - A Pre-sessional Course | Education as an Indicator for Human Resource Development | Representation of Malaysian Women in Politics | A Modern Approach to Application of Abbreviation and Acronym Strategy for Vocabulary Learning in Second/Foreign Language Learning Procedure | Causes of Social Acceptance of "O" and "A" Level Education System in Pakistan | Pronounce Foreign Words the English way! | Dubhashi and the Colonial Port in Madras Presidency | An Investigation of Davis' Translation of SHAHNAMEH - Rostam and Sohrab Story in Focus | Feminine, Female and Feminist - A Critical Spectrum on Selected Novels by Kamala Markandaya, Shahsi Deshpande and Arundhati Roy | Four-letter Words and the Urdu Learner's Dictionaries in Pakistan | Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin - A Study of the Impact of War on Historical and Economic Aspects of the Society | Was Gandhi a True Mahatma? | Omani Women
Are Their Language Skills Good Enough for the Workplace?
| Spread of English Globalisation Threatens English Language Teaching (ELT) in Pakistan | Multiple Intelligences, Blended Learning and the English Teacher | A Micro-Case Study of Vocabulary Acquisition among First Year Engineering Students | Imagery of Wilderness in Margaret Hollingsworth's Islands | The Influence of Learning Environment on Learners' Attitude in a Foreign Language Setting | Caste - Gender Ideology in Gundert's Malayalam-English Dictionary | Development of a Hindi to Punjabi Machine Translation System - A Doctoral Dissertation | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF OCTOBER, 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT. | HOME PAGE of October 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

Arif Ahmed Mohammed Hassan Al-Ahdal, Ph.D Scholar
Panjab University
Chandigarh, India

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