Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy (to qualify as a physiotherapist) (Vicenza)

Scientific English

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Name of lecturer
Giada Goracci
Giada Goracci
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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Acquire language skills that are needed to communicate with patients and practitioners when it’s necessary, to read and to understand the content of scientific research about professional scientific topics.


This course will focus on the following issues:

1. Phonetics and Phonology of the English Language:
- Homophones and homographs, consonant cluster, IPA, pronunciation.

2. Morphology and Syntax.

3. Anatomy:
- Main principles;
- The parts of the body.

4. Medical and Paramedical Personnel and Places.

5. The Human body:
- Systems;
- Diseases;
- Symptoms.

6. Medical tests:
- Treatments;
- Therapies;
- Examinations

7. Medical research and academic articles:
- Presentations;
- Research articles;
- Abstract.

8. Medical Ethics:
- Main principles;
- Thomas Percival and the origins of medical ethics.


Lessons will include frontal lecturing (slides), group discussions, oral and written tests to help students reach their autonomy in speaking English. Lessons will be held in English.


All references are compulsory for all students.

• E. Glendinning, R. Howard, Professional English in Use: Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

• G. Goracci, Male Perspectives in Atwood’s “Bluebeard’s Egg” and Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2016).

• Students will be provided with further details. Extra materials will be uploaded on the e-learning website of the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
A. Rotatori Health Care Professionals Speaking Edises 2019 9788879598927
A. Rotatori L'Inglese Medico-Scientifico: Pronuncia e Comprensione all'Ascolto Edises 2018 9788879598057
G. Goracci Male Perspectives in Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg and Hazzard's The Transit of Venus (Edizione 1) Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016
E. Glendinning, R. Howard Professional English in Use: Medicine Cambridge University Press 2007

Assessment methods and criteria

Before students take the written test, they must send the professor the answers to the questions related to each lesson (via mail). The questions will focus on the main issues of each lesson.

The objective of the examination is to check the students' level of the formative objectives.

The examination consists of a first part, a written test, which includes several open and closed questions. During the lessons, some samples of written tests will be commented and explained. The students, after having passed the written test, are admitted to the oral examination. The oral test includes the presentation and discussion of a real study on medical ethics.

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