SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aims of the English course for 1st year Medical students are: (a) to provide them with a wide range of medical lexis and expressions commonly used by doctors when talking to patients;
(b) to test their knowledge and understanding of the medical conditions on their study programme.
Students must have a basic understanding of the written English Language and must know medical vocabulary.
Course contents summary
1. Adenoids and Adenoidectomy
2. Appendicitis + VIDEO
3. Asthma + VIDEO
4. Athlete’s foot
5. Bowel cancer
6. Broken ankle
8. Bulimia + VIDEO
9. Cirrhosis + VIDEO (Phil’s story)
10.Cough + VIDEO
16.Flu + VIDEO
17. Food poisoning
18.Gallstones + VIDEO
19.Glandular fever + VIDEO
20.Headaches + VIDEO
23.Malaria + VIDEO
24.Measles + VIDEO
25.Meningitis + VIDEO
27.Osteoporosis + VIDEO
29.Pneumonia + Pneumococcal VIDEO
30.Sciatica + VIDEO
31.Sprains and strains
33.Varicose veins + VIDEO
In addition, a number of medical videos (+ transcripts) are supplied where GPs and specialists explain various conditions, symptoms, treatment options, surgery etc. with the aim of enhancing students’ listening skills with topics that are of both useful and of interest.
The material + videos are taken, and available, from the NHS website.
Given the importance of Compound nouns in medical English, these have also been included on the programme.
Given by the teacher during the lessons.
All the lessons will be frontal, but they will be interactive, with the vision of videos (+transcripts) and an open discussion about all the topics faced by video/listening sessions.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam will be written and it is an aquired ability (no vote, but passed yes/no). At the end of the course students will be tested on (a) the content of the above conditions by means of a multiple choice test, (b) medical terminology + expressions by translating words and expressions from Italian – English and (c) compound nouns by means of a multiple choice test.