Medical English 3 ECTS (OY) - ay902155Y (etäopinnot)

Proficiency Level B2-C1

Aika ja paikka


Online teaching on Tuesdays 31.8., 7.9, 14.9., 21.9., 28.9., 19.10., 9.11., 16.11.21 at 16.00-19.15 (24 h)



Status: The course is compulsory for students of medicine and dentistry. It is recommended for 1st year students of medicine and dentistry or students preparing for studying at the medical faculty and other practitioners in medicine.

Required Proficiency Level: Students are expected to have had English as their A1 or A2 language at school and / or should have B1-B2-level language skills (CEFR scale) or have acquired equivalent skills.

Recommended Optional Program Components: Students with a B1 level of English are encouraged to complete the self-access individual activities supporting vocabulary development and academic writing skills in English.

Other Information: Students with an advanced level of English proficiency (C1) complete a shorter version of the course.


Eva Braidwood and Magdalini Liontou



Having completed the course successfully, students will be able to:

  • understand and use basic medical terminology appropriately, and learn strategies for expanding your own medical vocabulary
  • understand medical case reports
  • demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively with patients (patient-centred interviewing)
  • present cases to medical professionals using professional medical English
  • discuss and present topics of interest in clinical psychology
  • follow the conventions of scientific communication and general medical practice
  • produce specific text types in English (scientific summary and scientific poster).



The course focuses on three communicative areas: writing, spoken interaction, and presentation skills involving mediation. To develop their writing skills, students learn about the structure, rules and conventions of appropriate language use in scientific reports. They will practice writing a scientific summary in English. They also practice summarising scientific sources in the form of multimodal communication (poster). The source texts will be Finnish as well as English. (One Finnish source text, for example, is the students’ own essay submitted to the Cell biology course.) The sources summarised for the poster are related to their studies in psychology. A major part of the course focuses on medical terminology and anatomy. Students learn the basics of medical terminology and develop their own strategy for mastering English medical terms related to the body systems and their functions. Students will read case reports and learn about effective doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication.

Model of Delivery: Hybrid teaching comprising contact teaching (or virtual meetings) with online elements and web-based practice; small group sessions with online support and course work to be submitted online

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods: The course uses blended learning approach: the course material is accessible through the online learning platform (Moodle), some instructions and course work will be delivered in online classroom lessons, while individual language development course work can be completed online (digital learning activities). Students will be working in pairs or small teams on set readings and present their work to small groups during the course as a team and individually to the whole class  in the end.

3 ECTS credits: 80 hrs work altogether, comprising 24 hrs online teaching and small group practice, 6 hrs guided small group practice, 20 hrs writing and poster preparation, 30 hrs self-study

Assessment Criteria: The course utilises continuous assessment. Self-assessment and peer-feedback will also be utilised and counted in the final assessment. The assessment criteria and matrix will be available in the Moodle workspace of the course.

Grading: The course numerical grading scale of 1-5 for pass grade, 0 for fail.

Recommended and Required Reading: The course material is based on scientific texts and publications in leading medical journals. The selection of texts varies every year depending on the leading themes in the field (cell biology, clinical psychology).

A major part of the course uses professional, field-specific sources, such as common medical terminology material and anatomy and physiology texts as well as case reports published in leading medical journals. The selection of material and sources are available for students in the electronic learning platform (Moodle) and through the university library.

Language of Instruction: English


145 €

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by 16.8.21

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Education co-ordinator Merja Kuure
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan kesäyliopisto
044 465 2203

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