Medical English

langl1854  2021-2022  Bruxelles Woluwe

Medical English
3.00 credits
30.0 h
Avery Catherine; Byrne Timothy; Deneumoustier Aurélie; Halleux Ariane; Lefevre Carlo (coordinator); Pertuit Mark Theodore;
Students must have reached level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Main themes
  • The course is based on different topics related to medicine.
  • The texts and videos used in the course are authentic materials and require (for the reading texts) the student to prepare the texts at home using reading techniques acquired.
  • Analaysis and commentary of the texts and videos in class require the active participation of the student.
  • The student may be asked to make short oral presentations.
  • Vocabulary and basic structures are reinforced by written and oral exercises (analysing, commenting)
  • Grammar is studied in context and reinforced by systematic exercises.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, students should have acquired the following skills:
Reading comprehension
  • understand in detail both descriptive, argumentative and academic  texts oriented towards their fields of interest in psychology and educational science (Level B1of the CEF)
Listening comprehension
  • understand in detail lectures as well as radio and TV programmes concerning general topics and oriented towards their fields of interest in standard and clearly articulated English language (Level B1 of the CEF).
Oral skills
  • The student will be able to make a small presentation on a subject linked to the medical world.
  • master vocabulary (elementary, intermediate, and medical)
  • master grammar (verb forms)
This course Medical English is aimed at improving reading and listening comprehension skills and is based on authentic material oriented towards the students' fields of interest (Medecine, pharmcy); it is also aimed at giving the students a better mastery of the linguistic code of English through systematic grammatical exercises as well as developing the students' general, specific and medical vocabulary.  
By the end of the course, the students should have reached level B1 of the CEF for their reading and listening comprehension skills.
Teaching methods
  • preparation : individual text reading (at home) following reading strategies.
  • extensive and intensive text analysis and commentary in class.
  • extensive and intensive exercises of video programmes.
  • explanations and exercises on verb forms.
Evaluation methods
  1. At the beginning of the year, the students take a compulsory exemption test of the same level as the final exam.  The students who pass the test with a mark of at least 12 out of 20 will be exempted from the course and the mark they got will be transcribed on their mark-sheet in June. Those students who didn't reach the 12/20 threshold will be presented with a choice: EITHER they decide to attend classes, in which case they commit themselves to doing so on a regular basis -- more than 2 skipped classes will automatically imply that the student doesn't have access to the exam and scores 0/20 -- OR they take the June exam without benefiting from the pedagocical apparatus created for this course
  2. During the year, two medical vocabulary tests and one grammar test will be organized and will be part of the student's continuous assessment.(each accounting for 10% of the final mark)
  3. The students will also have to make an oral presentation, in small groups, on a subject linked to their field of studies.  This presentation will also be part of the continuous assessment.(20% of the final mark)
  4. Written exam in May (60% of the final mark)
Other information
  • The course is held in fairly small groups (25 to 30 students)
  • Teachers are available by appointment or by e-mail.
Online resources
  • Le syllabus du cours « Medical English» mis en ligne sur la page Moodle du cours (le code d'accès sera donné aux étudiants lors du premier cours)
  • Le cours mis en ligne sur la plateforme Moodle-UCL où l'étudiant trouvera des exercices supplémentaires de compréhension à la lecture et à l'audition, des exercices grammaticaux et lexicaux) ainsi que l'ensemble des vidéos vues au cours.
  • Professional English in Use : Medicine publié par Cambridge University Press, London : ISBN-13 :978-0521682015
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Biomedicine

Bachelor in Pharmacy