English for Healthcare








Last updated on July 7, 2024 6:13 pm

Develop your language and communication skills for a career in healthcare and learn new healthcare vocabulary in English.

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Who is the course for?

This course has been created for refugees, displaced people and the communities supporting them in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region who wish to study a healthcare related course at a university in English.

It has been created as part of the PADILEIA project, and designed to provide additional support to students taking the Introduction to Nursing course.

We recommend learners have a minimum of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2 to get the most from this course.

It will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their English language and communication skills in a healthcare setting.

Supported by UK aid – Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, Innovation and Reform

What topics will you cover?

Working and learning in the hospital

Experiences of patients

Symptoms and diagnoses

Taking notes and clear communication

Working in different healthcare contexts: Caring for patients in the home

Healthcare interventions in the community.

How to write reflectively

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Apply language skills to a range of healthcare contexts and situations. For example: using adjectives to describe symptoms, using vocabulary related to problems/solutions and causes/effects

Interpret different genres typical of healthcare, including instructions, notes, reflective journals, registration forms

Explore new vocabulary and terminology relating to healthcare

Identify suitable communication modes for different professional situations, for example when giving instructions to patients

Reflect on your learning, and practice writing a reflective journal. Apply language skills to evaluate your experiences

Collect and record medical information by reading and listening for specific information

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