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Department of English
University of Niš, Faculty of Medicine
Bul. dr Zorana Đinđića br. 81
18000 Niš, Serbia
DEVELOPING LINGUISTIC SKILLS AND ABILITIES IN EMP STUDENTS
University of Niš, Medical Faculty, Department of English, Niš, Serbia
English for medical purposes falls within the category of discipline-specific language learning. It is characterized by specific linguistic features and requires specific study that is possible to carry out using specially designed programmes.
Reading skill is one way of learning strategy of English for medical purposes. Most often, students use this skill in order to obtain information for some particular topic from the area of medical science, or because they need some sort of instruction in order to carry out certain task.
Vocabulary acquisition plays a very important role in EMP teaching. It is achieved best through learning vocabulary in context, rather than in isolation.
One of the most important questions in EMP teaching is related to what grammatical constructions should be analysed and emphasised. Some types of these activities would include, for example, asking students to find examples of one particular structure in the text or fill in the blanks with the missing forms such as tenses, passive forms, prepositions, etc.
Speaking skill represents productive skill the aim of which is communication. In order for foreign language communication to be suucessful, a student should know linguistic and cultural features of native speakers and follow certain rules and conventions that are not easy to define.
It is of crucial importance that during teaching process students develop strategies and techniques that will help them use linguistic structures fluently, apply language in different situations, take part in discussions, and use acquired vocabulary in accurate and precise way. Acta Medica Medianae 2012;51(1):56-58.
Key words: English for medical purposes, learning strategy, grammatical constructions, vocabulary acquisition