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Article Number - CEC528A1921


Vol.3(2), pp. 44-51 , February 2012
DOI: 10.5897/JLC11.090
ISSN: 2141-6540



Full Length Research Paper

Learners of medical English as problem posers/solvers tackling real-life concerns


Sue-san Ghahremani-Ghajar* and Masoumeh Shabanzadeh




Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran.


Email: ghahremanighajar@yahoo.com






 Accepted: 24 January 2012  Published: 27 February 2012

Copyright © 2012 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


 

To come to a critical understanding of personal experiences and existing knowledge, and to actively engage in knowledge production, an education based on problem posing and problem solving activities can open up the space to focus on people’s real life concerns and come to local solutions for personal problems. The present study is an account of how centralizing themes and concerns from learners’ real life in an educational enterprise and empowering the learners to be problem posers/solvers can create pedagogy of engagement and local knowledge production. In this study a group of 24 third-semester Iranian students of medicine decided to work on a course of English for specific purposes in an alternative way as an instance of challenging the existing taken-for-granted ways of dealing with course requirements. They considered some of their real-life medical concerns and developed a process of problem posing/solving in using various available resources to conduct a search and a research and produce knowledge. They also took part in a public medical show at the end of the semester to exchange their problem posing/solving experiences and the produced knowledge with other students in the university as another step to represent their one-semester attempt to approach a number of medical concerns and look at what they have done from de-emphasized unspoken hidden perspectives.

 

Key words:  Language education, Medical English, problem posing, pedagogy of engagement, English in Iran.


APA (2012). Learners of medical English as problem posers/solvers tackling real-life concerns. Journal of Languages and Culture, 3(2), 44-51.
Chicago Sue-san Ghahremani-Ghajar and Masoumeh Shabanzadeh. "Learners of medical English as problem posers/solvers tackling real-life concerns." Journal of Languages and Culture 3, no. 2 (2012): 44-51.
MLA Sue-san Ghahremani-Ghajar and Masoumeh Shabanzadeh. "Learners of medical English as problem posers/solvers tackling real-life concerns." Journal of Languages and Culture 3.2 (2012): 44-51.
   
DOI 10.5897/JLC11.090
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JLC/article-abstract/CEC528A1921

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