Healthcare Professionals' Attitude Toward Travel Medicine Online Video clips Developed by the Institute of Preventive Medicine
Keywords:English, online learning, Travel Medicine, Healthcare professional, communication skill
International tourism increases the risks of communicable diseases and health problems for tourists. Therefore, the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, established the Institute of Preventive Medicine to provide training on Travel Medicine. However, many Healthcare professionals were unable to communicate effectively in English. To solve this problem, the Institute of Preventive Medicine developed the Travel Medicine online video lessons (TM-Video clips) broadcasted on social media to provide opportunities for professionals to practice their English skills, focusing on speaking. After launching the lessons for media evaluation, the Institute initiated a project to gather feedback from healthcare professional learners who had already practiced English through the online TM-Video clips. This study investigates the healthcare professional's attitudes toward learning English oral communication and English related to Travel Medicine via TM-Video clips broadcasted on YouTube in three aspects: affective, behavioral, and cognitive. A set of questionnaires was given to 40 healthcare professionals who had already studied the online TM-Video clip lessons during September – December 2021.
The results showed that the healthcare professionals participating in this survey demonstrated their positive attitudes toward learning English from the online TM-Video clips. Their English proficiency and skills in travel medicine improved in all aspects, particularly their speaking ability. They also reported that they could improve listening, grammar, vocabulary, speaking and reading, writing skills, and English pronunciation, including Travel Medicine content. Furthermore, they indicated that they could apply the knowledge to perform their services at their workplaces better and in their daily lives.
In conclusion, the healthcare professionals expressed positive attitudes towards learning English oral communication and English related to Travel Medicine through online video clips. The TM-Video clips, which contained the travel medicine contents and contexts in English, provided the knowledge to fulfill the professionals' needs for completing their tasks. In addition, the online TM-Video lessons offered them more opportunities to practice English wherever and whenever they were ready to learn, as they could conveniently access the lessons through the Internet. However, some healthcare professionals admitted that the real classroom was better because there was no human interaction while learning the online TM-Video lessons.
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