Specialist Language Courses

English for Nursing Foundation

English for Nursing Foundation is for nursing students and professional nurses with an elementary or lower-intermediate level of English (A2-B1) who want to develop a strong foundation in profession-specific English language and communication skills.

English for Nursing Foundation includes sections on communicating with patients and colleagues, building medical terminology, describing symptoms, treatments and care, and using hospital-specific language, documents and forms.

The course develops your language in a wide range of common nursing scenarios, including patient admission, personal care, eating and drinking, mobility, pressure area care, treating pain, elderly care, falls and injuries, infection control, and mental health.

The course is image- and media-rich, with animated videos, audio with a range of accents, voice recording and playback, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation sections, and a wide range of interactive tasks. It works seamlessly on all devices.

English for Nursing Foundation is accredited by the CPD Standards Office, whose professional qualifications are recognised throughout the world. You receive a CPD certificate on course completion.

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The course is designed for nurses and nursing students. It is not a general English or even a general healthcare English course. It focuses on the language needed by nurses in practice – with patients, with colleagues, in hospital and care settings, and when discussing and researching symptoms, conditions and treatments.

Study on PC, tablet and phone through the course app. The course can be downloaded so you can study offline as well as online.

Working with an expert Nursing English teacher means you get personalised language practice and feedback. This will consolidate and strengthen your learning. If you would like to work with an expert teacher, then check out the PREMIUM option below.

When you complete the course, you receive an official CPD certificate. English for Nurses Foundation is accredited by the CPD Standards Office, whose qualifications are recognised worldwide.

English for Nursing Foundation

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£29
€35 / $37

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A wide range of language, covering communication skills, nursing and everyday terms, hospital and care scenarios, interactions with patients and colleagues – all explained clearly with multiple practice activities.

All the course content is nursing-focused, including terminology, communication skills, and language skills development. All grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation work is contextualised, so your learning remains relevant at all times.

Learning inputs and exercises are varied throughout – from animated videos to voice recording tasks to charts, diagrams, articles, dialogues and practice activities. 

The course includes authentic hospital charts and forms throughout, so you can analyse and learn nursing English as it is used in practice. 

Practise your communication skills by responding to what patients and colleagues say in unique voice recording activities. Your conversations can be downloaded as mp3 files.

Download the key language items from each unit so you have a convenient reference guide to hand at any time.

Tasks and quizzes include drag and drop, multiple choice, gap-fill, drop-down selection, re-ordering language, spotting errors and voice recording. And all optimised for mobile phone use as well as PC and tablet. 

Content is continuously updated to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant at all times. 

English for Nurses is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK, whose qualifications are recognised worldwide. You will receive your Certificate of Achievement after completing the course with an overall score of 70% accuracy or more.

3 month subscription
£75
€95 / $99

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A wide range of language, covering communication skills, nursing and everyday terms, hospital and care scenarios, interactions with patients and colleagues – all explained clearly with multiple practice activities.

All the course content is nursing-focused, including terminology, communication skills, and language skills development. All grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation work is contextualised, so your learning remains relevant at all times. 

Learning inputs and exercises are varied throughout – from animated videos to voice recording tasks to charts, diagrams, articles, dialogues and practice activities. 

The course includes authentic hospital charts and forms throughout, so you can analyse and learn nursing English as it is used in practice. 

Practise your communication skills by responding to what patients and colleagues say in unique voice recording activities. Your conversations can be downloaded as mp3 files.

Download the key language items from each unit so you have a convenient reference guide to hand at any time.

Tasks and quizzes include drag and drop, multiple choice, gap-fill, drop-down selection, re-ordering language, spotting errors and voice recording. And all optimised for mobile phone use as well as PC and tablet. 

Content is continuously updated to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant at all times. 

English for Nurses is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK, whose qualifications are recognised worldwide. You will receive your Certificate of Achievement after completing the course with an overall score of 70% accuracy or more.

Premium
£499
€599 / $599

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You receive one-to-one lessons with an expert Nursing English tutor (10 classes of 1 hour each). These classes target what you want to practise and what you most need to work on to develop your professional English.

Do you have specific language goals? Do you want to improve your spoken confidence? Do you want feedback on your written English from an expert? Then the Premium course is a great choice for you.

Before you take the course, we ask you to complete a detailed needs analysis form. This means your lessons will be targeted to your needs from the very start.

You take your classes with your teacher when you are available. We understand how busy nurses and nursing students are, so offer you maximum flexibility. 

A wide range of language, covering communication skills, nursing and everyday terms, hospital and care scenarios, interactions with patients and colleagues – all explained clearly with multiple practice activities.

All the course content is nursing-focused, including terminology, communication skills, and language skills development. All grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation work is contextualised, so your learning remains relevant at all times. 

Learning inputs and exercises are varied throughout – from animated videos to voice recording tasks to charts, diagrams, articles, dialogues and practice activities. 

The course includes authentic hospital charts and forms throughout, so you can analyse and learn nursing English as it is used in practice. 

Practise your communication skills by responding to what patients and colleagues say in unique voice recording activities. Your conversations can be downloaded as mp3 files.

Download the key language items from each unit so you have a convenient reference guide to hand at any time.

Tasks and quizzes include drag and drop, multiple choice, gap-fill, drop-down selection, re-ordering language, spotting errors and voice recording. And all optimised for mobile phone use as well as PC and tablet. 

Content is continuously updated to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant at all times. 

English for Nurses is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK, whose qualifications are recognised worldwide. You will receive your Certificate of Achievement after completing the course with an overall score of 70% accuracy or more.

You have 3 months to work through the course. This can be extended at any time for a small fee.

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About the course

Topics in the English for Nursing Foundation course include managing pain, pressure area care, dealing with falls, mental health issues, infection control, dealing with elderly patients, taking observations, and managing daily activities, such as personal care, food, drink and mobility.

The course includes essential medical terminology, communicating with patients and nurses, and the English needed in multiple care scenarios at work.

This course is set at an elementary and low-intermediate level of English. This is equivalent to A2 and B1 on the CEFR scale. At this level you can understand language commonly used at work, communicate in sentences on familiar topics, understand the basics of grammar to describe the past, present and future, and describe your feelings on topics such as work, family, and the world around you.

English for Nursing Foundation is accredited and certificated by the CPD Standards Office in the UK (CPDSO). CPDSO quality assures continuing professional development (CPD) across a very wide range of sectors, with accredited providers in over 40 countries. CPD certificates are for 60 points and are free on course completion.

Virginia wrote SLC’s Medical English courses and is SLC’s Head of Medical English. She is a lecturer in English for Medical Purposes, a Medical English teacher trainer, and a widely published writer, including co-authoring the Cambridge English for Nursing text books, used by Medical universities around the world. Virginia Allum is also an OET test writer and a practising Registered Nurse, with years of experience working in the UK and Australia.

If you would like to work with a teacher to support and accelerate your learning, practise the language and give you personalised feedback, then check out the Premium option.

SLC’s teachers are all accredited, experienced online Nursing English specialists with thousands of hours teaching experience between them.

When you book the Premium course, you will be assigned a personal tutor. They will give you lessons when you are available and make sure you focus on what you need to do to achieve your language goals.

Simple! Just contact us via the contact form on the website or send an email to admin@specialistlanguagecourses.com. One of our team will get back to you within one working day. 

The subscription options are available for either one month or three months. You can choose to have your subscription renewed monthly or on a quarterly basis. If you wish to cancel your subscription, you can do so at any time by following the instructions provided in your registration email.

You can cancel your subscription at any time via your user account. Simply follow the link provided in your registration email.

Use our courses

We work with universities, nursing colleges, schools and international healthcare companies around the world who use our courses to support nurses and nursing students.

English for Nurses Foundation Course for my university or college

Do you teach English to nursing students but have trouble finding good materials to use in your courses? We are here for you. Learning content is comprehensive and up-to-date. The teaching platform enables you to see exactly what your students have done, set assignments and leave feedback. Courses can be tailored to your specific needs by mapping the online English courses to your curriculum.

English for Nurses Foundation course for my staff

SLC’s online Nursing English courses are perfect for international nursing professionals who need to improve the English they use in the workplace to ensure safe and effective practice. The courses are accessible, intuitive to use and optimised for all devices. The learning platform enables you to see exactly what your learners have done. Courses are accredited and certificated by the CPD Standards Office in the UK.