Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Medical and scientific English [Gruppo 1]

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Name of lecturer
Roxanne Barbara Doerr
Roxanne Barbara Doerr
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1° semestre dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 10, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The present course aims at providing students of medicine and surgery with the necessary specific linguistic competences and structures to comprehend and produce written and spoken medical-scientific texts. For this reason, special attention will be paid to the lexical, syntactic and pragmatic aspects of the English language in the medical and academic fields.


The course (36 hours total) will concentrate on the reading, analysis and comprehension of medical and academic texts as well as on conversational situations that take place in English between patients and physicians. Each face-to-face lesson will focus on a specific topic while considering peculiar aspects of English and American medical organizations. Written and oral phraseology of medical and academic contexts will also be taken into consideration. The lessons will consist in explanations concerning the main topic and in practical exercises and detailed analyses to consolidate the content of the lesson. Each weekly lesson will be integrated by online activities (video lessons, videos for listening comprehension, forums, material to be commented) in English on the course’s moodle platform in order to apply and reflect on acquired knowledge. Such activities are part of the course and programme and must be completed in order to access all the material on the platform and prepare for the exam.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Eric H. Glendinning, Ron Howard Professional English in Use: Medicine Cambridge University Press 2008

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will consist in a written exam containing both theoretical questions and practical exercises based on the content of the lessons and video lessons presented during the course and on the exercises completed in class and on the online platform. The final grade will be expressed in thirtieths.

Starting from the B2 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), language certificates issued by the CLA (Centro Linguistico di Ateneo) and other recognized institutions will entitle students to receive extra grades at the exam. Please contact the teacher for further information.

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