Medical English

Medical EnglishClients following the Medical English course will improve their knowledge of the sort of English required in the fields of medical science, nursing, etc. Improved language skills can advance their career and allow them to communicate fluently with their counterparts in other countries.

Course Duration

The duration of each of these courses may vary depending on each client’s requirements. The standard course consists of 30 lessons of ESP tuition per week over a minimum period of 2 weeks.

Structure of the course

Each Medical English course consists of:

  • 30 lessons per week of specialised Medical English tuition.
  • projects, assignments, case studies, seminars, lectures and group sessions.
  • progress reports and assignments.
  • optional visits to relevant places of interests.

Entry Requirements

Please consult the Director of Studies for information regarding the course entry dates. The minimum age for entry to this course is eighteen. Furthermore, (except by special arrangement) an upper-intermediate level of English is required for entry to the course. Clients may be required to take an aptitude test to judge whether their standard of English is sufficient for this course. They may wish to follow a course of General English before beginning their course of Medical English to make sure that they gain the maximum benefit from their studies.

Maximum Group Size

There is maximum group size of eight, in order to allow optimum interaction between group members and the teacher / lecturer.

Assessment and Certification

If a client follows an Medical English course and attends at least 80% of his or her classes, he or she will receive a certificate on satisfactory completion of all coursework and assessment pieces. By prior arrangement with the Director of Studies, we will also supply periodic progress reports.

Course content

The course covers the main stages of medical communication, from the initial case-taking, to medical examination, investigation, diagnosis, plus medical and surgical treatment. The course introduces the client to relevant general English vocabulary and functional language, elements of style and register found in medical texts, specialist terminology, and the grammatical and phonological components of medical English. In additional, the course highlights the difference between North-American medical English and British medical usage, and introduces common abbreviations, presents medical news and the British medical system. On occasion, it is also possible to invite specialists working in the field of medicine to give talks and lectures.

The main areas covered by this course are the following:

  • taking a history, asking about symptoms, recording information, communicating information accurately.
  • examining a patient, rephrasing, explaining, prompting.
  • investigations.
  • using a medical dictionary, medical documents.
  • interpreting a diagnosis, explaining and discussing a diagnosis.
  • understanding diagrams and documents.
  • using a pharmacology reference.
  • case histories.
  • treatment: medical treatment, physiotherapy, surgical treatment, giving and understanding instructions.
  • language functions.
  • common medical abbreviations.
  • the National Health Service.
  • the British hospital system, including current issues.
  • the future of medicine.

Effective teaching

Built into every client’s course are the following:

  • Placement test.
  • Needs analysis.
  • Skills development.
  • Task-based activities.
  • Systems work.
  • Learner skills development.
  • Progress tests.
  • Tutorials.
  • Homework.
  • Academic counselling.
  • Supportive error correction and constructive feedback.
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