SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Review of some of the language functions and grammatical structures learned during compulsory education
Ability to interact in a professional environment using the English language written and spoken
Students must demonstrate a good knowledge of English at B1 / B2 level, according to the Common European Framework (CEFR) decided by the Council of Europe and related to foreign languages, as outlined below:
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning
Course contents summary
The course consists of a credit in the first year for an equivalent of about 8 hours of lectures and exercises, and a credit to the second year.
The 1st year of the program provides for the review of some linguistic and grammatical functions.
The starting level is B1 / B2 according to the Common European Framework (CEFR) decided by the Council of Europe and related to foreign languages (see form below).
Initially, an entrance test is conducted to assess the basic level of the students who will not be less than B1, since the curricular programs of lower secondary school and high foresee the study of that language.
In the middle of the course, an ongoing evaluation will be conducted in English in which students have to simulate a clinical case in pairs.
The final exam consists of a written exam divided in verifying the skills of reading, listening and processing of grammar level B1 / B2 exercises.
Verbs: review of tenses (past, present and future), phrasal verbs, modal verbs, present perfect, past perfect, conditional sentences, passive forms syntax and morphology: relative pronouns, the quantity and quality expressions, idioms, adverbs, adjectives and prepositions
parts of the body, the body functions, branches of medicine; sickness and health; health care and hospitals; take a history, medical ethics, medical and surgical treatment; referral letters; Reports of health and safety; abstract of magazines; case report; case history
take notes during a radiological examination; writing history; reassure the patient; write a case study; describe the symptoms of a patient using appropriate terms; physically examine a patient; explaining causes and prospects; discuss treatment expectations
- Material provided by the teacher
- Textbook: "Professional Inglese in use" Glendinning EH, Howard R, Cambridge University Press
- Textbook: “Manuale di grammatica inglese per italiani, con glossario di riferimento – Settore medico-infermieristico
- Frontal lessons
- Didactis laboratories
Assessment methods and criteria