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

Medical and scientific English [Gruppo 3]

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Name of lecturer
Nicola Pelizzari
Nicola Pelizzari
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
1° semestre dal Oct 1, 2020 al Dec 23, 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 plans to develop the students' competences on reading, analysis and comprehension of medical and academic texts as well as on conversational situations that take place in English between patients and physicians.

Specifically, the focus is on the following topics:

1) The field of English for Medical Purposes and its characteristics
2) Healthcare personnel, National Health Systems, the Hospital and their interactions
3) Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body and its composition. Main human body systems analysis
4) Infectious Diseases, Prevention and Epidemiology
5) Screening and Medical Imaging
6) Symptoms and Signs, Diagnosis, Pain and Therapies
7) Scientific Research and Presentations: Structure and Organisation of a Scientific Paper - Its purpose and language features
8) Practice on Main medical Vocabulary and Scientific texts Analysis

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 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
Nicola Pelizzari English for Medical Purposes - A complete guide for Healthcare Professionals (Edizione 1) Libreria Edizioni 2019 978-88-3359-166-7

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will consist in a written exam containing both theoretical, comprehension 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 recognised institutions will entitle students to receive extra grades at the exam. Please contact the teacher for further information.

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