cod. 15464

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
- Matteo GOLDONI
Academic discipline
Indefinito/interdisciplinare (NN)
Per la conoscenza di almeno una lingua straniera
Type of training activity
Language/Final test
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The English course for the Health Professions aims to provide students with the tools to understand written and oral texts, for the purposes of general and professional linguistic development.


Students must have a good knowledge of everyday English at B1 level, according to Council of Europe’s Common European Framework (CEFR).

Course unit content

The course is based around topics related to the medical-health field and uses a variety of authentic written and oral material. For each input (content, vocabulary or grammar) there follows a brief interactive check in the form of a quiz. The transition to the next section of the program is dependent on reaching a minimum score in the quiz. As well as the content of the texts, revision of some linguistic functions and structures, the acquisition of specific terms pertinent to the subject matter is considered particularly important. The course consists of a main 'basic' module common to all the health professions (7 units) and a 'monographic' or specific module (1 unit) for each Course of Study

Full programme

- the body, common disorders
- public health
- hospital procedures
- medical and health personnel
- first aid and emergencies
- therapies, medicines and hygiene
- medical records
Modules for specific Course of Study:
- Course in Audioprosthetic Techniques: information for the patient, the ear, prostheses, hearing loss, hearing tests
- Course in Speech Therapy: language disorders, stuttering, language and the brain
- Course in Medical Laboratory Techniques: equipment, collection of blood samples, cell biology
- Course in Radiology: imaging, information for patients, interviews with patients, and the anamnesis


The author thanks in particular The NHS (National Health Service - UK) and OSCE (Exams for the Health Sciences) for the use of its online material. A folder containing the teaching material is available at the Photocopy office (in the library).

Teaching methods

Interactive online course (see the Contents section).

Assessment methods and criteria

Based on the e-learning form of the course, the final exam will be on computer, and will deal with al the arguments of the lessons, including text comprehension and therminology.

Other information

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