English for biomedical students

langl2454  2021-2022  Bruxelles Woluwe

English for biomedical students
3 credits
30.0 h
Gibbs Nicholas; Serbest Nevin (coordinator);
The students  should have followed the  LANGL1850  course or a course of a similar level.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course is divided into units (one per week).  Each unit focuses on current topics.

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

1 At the end of the course, students are expected to have reached a B2 upper level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in the 3 following skills:
  1. reading,
  2. writing and
  3. speaking.
The course is divided into 2 parts:
  1. oral (2 credits) and
  2. written (1 credit).
Students should have acquired the following skills :
Speaking skills :
  • be able to give a detailed presentation on a scientific topic linked to their domain.
  • be able to go through an interview for a job linked to their domain.
  • be able to take part in/chair a meeting on a topic, either general or linked to their domain
  • be able to hold a telephone conversation in everyday English.
Writing skills :
  • be able to write a letter of application for a job linked to their domain.
Reading Comprehension:
  • be able to understand complex scientific texts.
Writing skills :
  • be able to write a scientific paper
The level to be reached is the B2 level of the Council of Europe.
Teaching methods
The course is based on an introduction designed to improve and stimulate oral skills as well as on exercises testing the reading comprehension of scientific texts.
As far as speaking skills are concerned, techniques are taught by means of audiovisual materials pinpointing the main mistakes to avoid. In addition, students are given detailed feedback on their presentations in class. A complete range of exercises and input on writing skills is provided. The various stages of a scientific text are examined and practiced, with the eventual aim of submitting a complete scientific paper.
Evaluation methods
For the oral part (2 credits):
  • Continuous assessment (25% of the global mark)
  • Oral presentation in class (25% of the global mark)
  • Written exam (50 % of the global mark)
For the written part (1 credit):
2 scientific papers submitted:
  1. Introduction, Research Materials & Methods (25%)
  2. Abstract, Introduction, Research Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion (50%)
Continuous Evaluation (25%)
The final mark will be calculated as follows: 2/3 the oral part and 1/3 le written part.
Online resources
Elearning tools on UCLouvain website, on Moodle UCL : course LANGL2454 English for biomedical students
  • Syllabus du cours : «LANGL2454 English for biomedical students» (disponible à l'ILV)
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus du cours : «LANGL2454 English for biomedical students» (disponible à l'ILV)
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Biomedicine