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Language Learning & Nursing: What’s the Connection?
St. Mary's College, Japan
Nursing students often feel that required English classes are unnecessary burdens standing in the way of their desired goal of obtaining a nursing license. However, if they can see the relationship between language education and nursing science, their motivation to study English might be raised. This presentation will introduce one nursing model and one theory to demonstrate the similarities between these and current language learning models and theories. This will hopefully help students notice how behaviors exhibited by language learners often parallel those of hospital patients when encountering difficulties in acquiring English or recovering from an illness, respectively.