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University of Niš
Faculty of Medicine
Bul. dr Zorana Đinđića br. 81
18000 Niš, Srbija
PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN ENGLISH FOR MEDICINE
Zorica Antić1 and Dragana Spasić2
University of Niš, Faculty of Medicine, Niš, Serbia1
Project-based learning facilitates hands-on learning in student-driven investigations, resulting in high-quality, challenging activities. Students participate actively in projects that revolve around their interests, questions or needs.
PBL also develops the 21st century skills including critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The essence of PBL is problem-solving, a key critical thinking skill. Since problem-solving is an integral part of medicine, projects represent a significant method of instruction in English for Medical Purposes. Depending on their individual interests and abilities, each student contributes to the whole group work and the final outcome.
The approach also requires students to work in teams and to communicate their findings. Using real-life problems to motivate students, challenging them to think deeply about meaningful content, and enabling them to work collaboratively are practices that yield benefits for all students and their future careers. Acta Medica Medianae 2012; 51(2):50-55.
Key words project-based learning, English for medical purposes, multiple intelligences