Medical English

Tags: english, health, malta, medical, professional

Medical English is specifically used by healthcare professionals. He also deals with the communication techniques they need to work effectively with patients and colleagues.

Communication techniques and resources for healthcare professionals, with a medical background, are increasingly important.

Medical terminology is not enough.

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals also need to know how to communicate clearly with patients and colleagues in the health sector.

Clear communication is correct to recognize health problems and make diagnoses, provide adequate treatments and avoid dangerous errors.


Offer valid until: 31/12/2020

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals who would like to extend their medical careers to the English-speaking world.

By giving them the high-level, professional register of English that is necessary for effective communication in a medical context, this course enables them to do their usual work successfully in an English (and consequently international) environment. It is suitable for a variety of positions within the medical field, including those of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives and several others to whom the course can be adapted as per individual students’ requirements.

You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Malta.

Students booking this course should provide the school with detailed information about their professional life and English language needs in advance. This will enable the teacher to design an appropriate learning programme and provide the student/s with the most suitable resources during the course of study.

Upon completion of a needs analysis questionnaire, a tailor-made programme will be created to adhere to the specific needs and wants of the student/s.

Location: Malta
Period of operation: 2nd-6th March
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 20 lessons (15 hours)

Min. 3 students
Max. 8 students

Upon completion of a needs analysis questionnaire, a tailor-made programme will be created to adhere to the specific needs and wants of the student/s.

Typical Course Content:

The course takes the student through the main stages of professional-patient communication, starting from the initial stages of examination, on to diagnosis and through to different types of medical treatment, all the while respecting the norms of medical ethics and etiquette.  

Medical lexis covered includes:

  • functional everyday language such as standard collocations used in professional – patient communication;
  • specialist terminology (including anatomy, symptoms, illnesses, hospital environment / equipment etc.);
  • correspondent abbreviations etc..

The vocabulary learnt is recycled and reinforced in discussions, role-plays and other relevant activities that are meant to authentically simulate real-life situations in the medical professional’s workplace.

The language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are developed and practised, often in combination, by being integrated in medical practices / settings such as the following:

  • listening to typical professional-patient and professional-professional dialogues / consultations and simulating such exchanges in role-plays;
  • communicating effectively with patients by understanding colloquial and layman‚Äôs terms;
  • communicating effectively with professional colleagues using specialist terminology;
  • interpreting, assessing and presenting a diagnosis;
  • asking about and understanding patients‚Äô descriptions of symptoms, filtering through and analysing given information, recording it correctly;
  • giving accurate information to patients using non-jargonistic, layman-friendly language;
  • discussing delicate situations with sensitivity and professionalism, for eg. when giving patients / patients‚Äô relatives bad news;
  • understanding case histories;
  • presenting cases and assessments, arguing opinions, discussing treatments;
  • understanding and using medical documents, dictionaries, journals, diagrams, reference books and other relevant material.

Course topics

Listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar


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