Engaging nurse students in a meaningful English learning: Step by step of nursing simulation technique

Tenny Murtiningsih, Ahmad Kailani


English for Specific Purposes, which has been so-called ESP, created to achieve specific learning goals for specific students in a specific field. Therefore, an ESP instructor is required to find specific teaching techniques in order to meet students’ learning needs. This in-practice article reports the implementation of step by step of teaching nursing English through a simulation technique. This study attempted to examine the impact of this teaching technique on the improvement of students’ language skills.  There have been abundant resources of research findings in the field of English for Specific Purposes. However, there is still little known study in the field of nursing English, particularly, the investigation of the impact of nursing simulation techniques on nurse students’ language learning achievement. To fill this void, the current study invited 58 nurse students to participate in this research. The simulation teaching technique was introduced to a nursing English class. After that, students’ responses were documented through questionnaires and interviews. The data indicated that there has been positive attitude of the students toward this teaching technique even though time allocation and students’ language proficiency remain problematic to the language learners. The implication of this research may expand the research findings in the field of TESOL Methodology, particularly, English for Nursing.


nursing simulation, nurse students, ESP instructor, students’ language proficiency

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