English for medicine

Below is a sample timetable for an Integrated Tutorial course focusing on English for medicine. Lesson content can be precisely specified for individual needs in the 1:1 components of all our courses. We can also prepare you for your OET examination – just let us know your requirements when you book your course.

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Time and session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30 – 09:00
News Review
BBC headlines – discussion and listening for gist Euronews headlines – discussion and listening for specific information The Times – reading for gist and reporting news Expanding vocabulary to talk about the news BBC headlines – listening for specific information
09:00 – 10:30
Tutorial
 Question formation review: taking a patient’s history Language to give clear and accurate instructions  Review and practice of the modals of probability and deduction  Language to give clear and helpful explanations  Using softening language when giving advice
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
 Describing trials and case studies. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: medical and surgical treatment  Listening focus: practice listening and understanding various accents.   Vocabulary expansion and discussion: standard and non-standard symptoms  Presenting facts and figures at conferences. Answering questions. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: screening and immunisation  Telephoning skills: talking to colleagues and patients on the phone. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: terminology to refer to specialist instrumentation  Making small talk with patients and colleagues. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: diagnosis and management
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 – 13:45
Pronunciation
/æ/ vs /ʌ/ Stress and rhythm Contrastive stress /iː/ vs /ɪ/ Question intonation
13:45 – 14:45
Project Workshop
Introduction of the week’s presentation: a company profile Vocabulary expansion. Mindmapping ideas and allocating roles Focus on scripting and visuals; integrating visuals with script, embedding cues in visuals, etc. Presentation rehearsal and feedback. Focus on pronunciation Presentation to the rest of the school (videoed)

Presentation feedback (using the recording of the video)

14:45 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea
15:00 – 16:00
Critical Analysis Workshop
Discussion and case study regarding cultural misunderstandings Reading and discussion regarding social etiquette in different countries Reading and discussion regarding cultural biases Reading and discussion about what makes a successful international team Reading and discussion about what makes a successful international leader
16:00 – 17:00
Spoken Assertiveness Workshop
Discussing foods and traditions from your countries Expanding vocabulary and practising giving clear instructions Functional language: at the pub, at the restaurant, at the cafe Debate preparation: the sugar tax Debate focusing on the sugar tax. Language feedback