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English for Doctors

Advanced Communication Skills

Enhance your medical language and communication skills with this 100-hour professional English course. English for Doctors gives you the language you need to study, work and network internationally in an English-speaking healthcare environment.

Set at a B2-C1 level of English (upper-intermediate to advanced), English for Doctors takes you through the language used throughout the patient journey, from admission to interview, tests, diagnosis, treatment, surgery and end-of-life care. The 13 units cover medical terminology, patient and staff interactions, hospital language and documents, research articles, and much more. 

During the course, you study all aspects of medical language, including vocabulary, communication, pronunciation, grammar and functional skills. There is a very wide range of activities, including interactive recording where you record and listen to yourself in conversation with a patient. The course has a strong practical focus and is regularly reviewed so the content is always relevant and up to date.

English for Doctors can be taken on PC, tablet and phone, and it can be downloaded, so you can study offline. By subscribing, you can study whenever you want and for as long as suits you.

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The course is designed for medical professionals and students. It is not a general English or even a general healthcare English course. Rather, it focuses on the language used by doctors in practice – with patients, with colleagues, in hospital settings, and when 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.

This English for doctors course is also excellent preparation for OET Medicine, required by regulatory bodies for doctors registering to work in English-speaking countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland. It provides the language foundation that those studying for OET Medicine need. The course can be combined with SLC’s Reach OET B Medicine.

Getting personalised and targeted practice and feedback can effectively accelerate and improve your learning. If you would like to work with an expert English for Healthcare teacher, then check out the PREMIUM option below.

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

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

All the course content is medicine-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 medical English as it is used in practice. 

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

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 Doctors 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.

Subscription renews monthly and can be cancelled at any time.

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£75
€95 / $99

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

All the course content is medicine-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 medical English as it is used in practice. 

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

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 Doctors 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.

Subscribe for 3 months and save £12. Subscription renews every 3 months and can be cancelled at any time.

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

You receive one-to-one lessons with an expert Medical 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 doctors and medical students are, so offer you maximum flexibility. 

All the course content is medicine-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 medical English as it is used in practice. 

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

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 Doctors 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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The course takes you through the language used throughout the patient journey, from admission to interview, tests, diagnosis, treatment, surgery and end-of-life care. The 13 units cover medical terminology, patient and staff interactions, hospital language and documents, research articles, and much more. At the end of each unit there is a quiz for you to check you have learnt the most important language.

During the course, you study all aspects of medical language, including vocabulary, communication, pronunciation, grammar and functional skills. There is a very wide range of activities, including interactive recording where you record and listen to yourself in conversation with a patient. The course has a strong practical focus and is regularly reviewed so the content is always relevant and up to date.

This English for medical students and doctors course is also excellent preparation for OET Medicine, required by regulatory bodies for doctors registering to work in English-speaking countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland. It provides the language foundation that those studying for OET Medicine need. The course can be combined with SLC’s Reach OET B Medicine.

English for Doctors is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK, whose qualifications are recognised around the world. At the end of the course you receive an official certificate for 100 CPD points. CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development.

The course is also accredited by NOCN, one of the UK’s leading education accreditation bodies. You can order an NOCN certificate for £20. 

Virginia Allum is the lead writer on 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 is also a test writer for OET, the global English for Healthcare test.

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 Medical English specialists. Between them, they have thousands of hours’ experience working with healthcare professionals and students.

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.

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We work with universities, schools, employers and international healthcare companies around the world who use our courses to support doctors and medical students.

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Do you prepare healthcare students for Medical English but have trouble finding good materials to support your programmes? 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.

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SLC’s online Medical English courses are perfect for international medical 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.