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MEDICAL ENGLISH RESOURCES

Lesson Plan: Describing Cardiovascular Conditions

The following material is a lesson plan where students learn language related to the heart and cardiovascular conditions. They then use that language to write a patient leaflet. Full downloadable plan and student worksheet available for free at the bottom of the page.

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Free Medical English Lesson Plan

We are expanding the resource section in our Knowledge Bank for Medical English and OET Preparation teachers. Over the next few weeks and months, you will see lesson plans, reading materials, grammar and vocabulary sheets, and much much more.

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Medical English Glossaries

The following example glossaries come from SLC’s online courses.

Each course contains a number of glossaries which give detailed lists of all the important vocabulary from each unit of the Medical English Courses. Every term in every list comes with a definition and word stress indicator. Download the following glossaries for free:

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What is Medical English?

Today’s global healthcare workforce is multi-national and multi-lingual. English is the lingua franca, and non-English speaking healthcare professionals, from consultants to carers, need to get their Medical English up to speed in order to deliver the safe and effective care demanded of them.

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How do Nurses use English?

My latest reading is a chapter in ‘The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes’, titled ‘English for Nursing’ and written by Susan Bosher. The Handbook is a great resource for all things ESP. In the article, Bosher cites three studies, one Canadian (Epp and Lewis 2008), one American (Cameron 1998), and one Australian (Hussin 2002). Each of them looks at nurses’ English language needs, and describes in some detail what areas of language use are most common. This in turn helps inform us what language tasks and skills should be integrated into the online English for Nursing courses we design.

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What is the Occupational English Test (OET)

 

The Occupational English Test (OET) is used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore among others to assess the Medical English skills of a wide range of international healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and AHPs.

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Medical English Tips: Giving Advice Sensitively

Welcome to the first in a series of occasional posts giving essential Medical English tips. This one focuses on a critical area of practice: giving advice sensitively. Get this right, and your rapport with your patient will be a powerful factor in building a successful therapeutic partnership. Get this wrong, and your relationship may never recover. Read on.

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What do Nurses think of their Online English for Nurses Course?

Our Online English for Nurses course has been out for over a year now. We’ve been going through all the end-of-course questionnaires with a fine toothcomb to help us discover what we should change or improve and to see how happy nurses were with the course. A fantastic 220 nurses have given us feedback so far. Here are the results.

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