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A Specifically Tailored Training Course for Supporting Teachers of Medical English at a Saudi University: Tracing Pedagogical Change

Formation de formatrices en anglais médical dans une université saoudienne : impact pédagogique d'un module de formation continue
Hajer Zarrouk, Faiza Derbel, Betty Gandy-Tobin, Muna Ibrahim Alyousef et Wisal Alhaj Ibrahim Mohammed
p. 5-28

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Cette étude porte sur l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre d’une formation des enseignantes de terminologie médicale au sein du département d’anglais d’une université saoudienne. L’objectif était de changer les pratiques dominantes par une approche contextuelle de l’enseignement du vocabulaire en suivant le paradigme cognitif constructiviste et les théories cognitives de l’apprentissage multimédia. Les chercheurs ont utilisé la théorie de l’évaluation de l’apprentissage et de la formation de Kirkpatrick pour retracer l’impact de la formation sur les pratiques pédagogiques des participantes. Les résultats montrent que les enseignantes ont adopté les procédures suggérées et qu’elles ont fait état d’une augmentation de la motivation et l’engagement des étudiantes.

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en mars 2023.

Plan

1. Introduction
2. Theoretical framework
3. The training initiative
4. The research component
5. Results and discussion
5.1. Teachers’ responses to the proposed method of teaching MT
5.2. Trainee teacher learning
5.3. Signs of pedagogical change
5.4. Improvement and organizational performance
5. Conclusion

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1. Introduction

The provision of in-service training opportunities is critical to the professional growth of teachers of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). ESP teachers are not only required to master teaching techniques but also to do interdisciplinary work. To cater to the specific needs of their students, ESP teachers often conduct a needs analysis, design course materials, develop knowledge in the learners’ fields, cooperate with specialists of other disciplines, and imagine ways to create innovative and motivating courses. However, the provision of professional development (PD) opportunities for ESP teachers worldwide remains scarce, as noted decades ago by Kennedy (1983) who deplored those actors in the field focused more on learner needs and overlooked the teachers’ training needs. Research conducted in various contexts corroborated this view highlighting the pressing need for ESP teacher training (Master 1997; Iswati & Triastuti 2021).

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Hajer Zarrouk, Faiza Derbel, Betty Gandy-Tobin, Muna Ibrahim Alyousef et Wisal Alhaj Ibrahim Mohammed, « A Specifically Tailored Training Course for Supporting Teachers of Medical English at a Saudi University: Tracing Pedagogical Change »ASp, 81 | 2022, 5-28.

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Hajer Zarrouk, Faiza Derbel, Betty Gandy-Tobin, Muna Ibrahim Alyousef et Wisal Alhaj Ibrahim Mohammed, « A Specifically Tailored Training Course for Supporting Teachers of Medical English at a Saudi University: Tracing Pedagogical Change »ASp [En ligne], 81 | 2022, mis en ligne le 01 mars 2023, consulté le 21 mai 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/asp/7665 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/asp.7665

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Hajer Zarrouk

Le Havre University / Hajer Zarrouk holds a PhD in English language Didactics, from le Havre University, France (2016). She is affiliated with the Inter-University Laboratory of Research in Didactics Lansad (LAIRDIL) the University of Toulouse, France and she is a current member at Tunisia TESOL. She taught medical English for 10 years at the University of Hail, Saudi Arabia and she served as an internal auditor in quality assurance and academic development between 2016 and 2018. She is currently an ESP lecturer at the Higher Institute of Fishing Technologies and Aquaculture of Bizerte (ISPAB), University of Carthage, Tunisia. Her research interests are related to ESP and particularly ESP didactics. Among her publications is the book Problem Based Learning in Teaching ESP from Theory to Practice (2017). / Hajer.Zarrouk@ispab.u-carthage.tn

Faiza Derbel

Manouba University / Faiza Derbel holds a PhD from the University of London Institute of Education (now UCL Institute of Education). She is currently Associate Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities, Manouba (FLAHM). She teaches graduate courses and directs research in Applied Linguistics with focus on Computer-Assisted Language Learning and various facets of the didactics of English as a foreign language. Her research interests include various aspects of Instructed Second Language Acquisition (ISLA), teacher cognition, and computer-supported learning/teaching She has published various research articles, book chapters, and book reviews. She is a reviewer for the European Journal of E-Learning (EJEL), member of the Laboratory in Discourse Analysis, Sfax, and founding member, former President (2015 & 2019) and current Board member of Tunisia TESOL. / fderbel26@gmail.com

Betty Gandy-Tobin

Naif Arab University / Betty Gandy-Tobin has been an EFL lecturer in Saudi Arabia for 14 years, 11 years at the University of Hail with six years as Head of the English Language Skills Department, and three years at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.  Currently, she instructs Financial Integrity Master’s degree students in ESP. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction & Assessment, and she is currently a Doctor of Education candidate. / BTobin@nauss.edu.sa

Muna Ibrahim Alyousef

University of Hail / Muna Ibrahim Alyousef served as the vice-dean of the Preparatory Year, University of Hail and she is currently teaching human resource management at UOH. She has conducted research in the field of human resources management and organizational training and development as well as focusing on the behavior of staff and social perspective. / muna_alyusef@yahoo.com

Wisal Alhaj Ibrahim Mohammed

University of Hail / Wisal Alhaj Ibrahim Mohammed is an English Language Lecturer at the Preparatory Year, University of Hail and the coordinator of Quality Assurance Unit at the English Language Department, Preparatory Year. / wisal1973@gmail.com

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