WEBQUEST: A Platform For TV Edutainment Shows As Materials For English For Medical Purposes
Information and Communication Technology (ICT), or simply the Internet, has recognizably become a
distinguished agent of all fields of education. The leap made by the availability and usefulness of specialized knowledge
websites nowadays has compelled both educators and learners to rely heavily on ICT in teaching and learning. English
language teachers and learners who teach or learn the language for specific purposes (ESP) can resort to websites based on the
specific knowledge they pursue to develop both specific knowledge and language acquisition, according to the content-based
instruction. In this paper, I attempt to show an example of how an edutainment medical TV show, with a particular focus on
video synopses available online, can be used through a Webquest for English for Medical Purposes (EMP). The Webquest I
present makes use of and depends solely on “The Doctors” show website, on which loads of videos are uploaded. Webquest is
used here as a platform through which knowledge can be organized, facilitated, and structured according to specific needs and
purposes. As it relies on a TV show, the content of which is available online, such a webquest can combine the assets of both
TV and Internet as two prominent education aids and mediums.
Index Terms- English for Specific (Medical) Purposes (ESP/EMP), Internet, TV edutainment shows, videos.