Using two languages to inform and inspire: a case study using bilingual digital technology to educate healthcare students demonstrating the importance of language choice in enhancing communication and patient care in Wales
Welsh is the indigenous language of Wales, the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure (2011) means that English and Welsh have equal parity in Wales. Many nursing students are now embarking on their studies having completed their formal education throughout the medium of Welsh and thus feel more comfortable studying in their mother tongue. Therefore, Bangor University aims to teach Welsh speakers alongside English speakers and offers a choice to their students so they can study in their preferred language. This case study examines how a bilingual ethos can be incorporated to provide a dynamic approach to teaching using pre-recorded lectures and innovative group work. Presentations are recorded in two different languages and are supported by a gapped handbook, ensuring that students focus on the most important aspects of the lecture. The pre-recorded lecture capture is available for students to access after the lecture to reinforce the learning. Crossover group work (Mortiboys, 2010) was included to ensure that each member of the class contributed to discussions and fully understood the topic of managing pain in various scenarios.
This resulted in a stimulating session which increased students' motivation and fostered ownership and interest in digital technology, but at the same time met the language and educational needs of a diverse population of students.
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