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Subject: SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH (A.A. 2021/2022)


Course year 1
Teaching units Unit inglese scientifico per prova finale
Knowledge of at least one foreign language (lesson)
  • TAF: A foreign language, final examination SSD: PROFIN_S CFU: 2
Teachers: Emanuela TENCA
Unit altre_inglese scientifico
Other activities such as information technology, seminars etc. (lesson)
  • TAF: Various educational activities SSD: L-LIN/12 CFU: 2
Teachers: Emanuela TENCA
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Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Emanuela TENCA


The course will help students
- review grammar and lexis relevant to medical contexts
- understand and discuss descriptive medical texts
- improve their overall linguistic skills towards reaching/consolidating their B1 level in English.

Please read the section about the Expected Results for more detailed information regarding the Course Objectives.

Admission requirements

Having a competence in English corresponding at least to the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (self-assessment),

Course contents

During the lessons held by the language expert Tamara Sassi (30 hours = 3 credits), the students are prepared for the use of English at a B1 level in the situations they will meet during their medical studies and at their future work.
In relation to this, the syllabus comprises the following areas:
1) reading scientific papers
2) verbal communication with patients and medical staff
3) written medical communication (writing case histories, referral letters to specialists, filling in medical documents.

Related topics are:
- Caring for the Elderly
- Nutrition
- Symptoms
- Blood
- Dying
- Hygiene
- Mental Health Nursing
- Monitoring the patients
- Alternative treatments
- Pain management

As for grammar, the following points will be revised:
- Adverbs
- Broader range of intensifiers such as, too, enough
- Comparatives and superlatives
- Complex question tags
- Conditionals, 0-1-2-3
- Connecting words expressing cause and effect, contrast etc.
- Future continuous
- Modals - must/can’t deduction
- Modals – might, may, will, probably
- Modals – should have/might have/etc
- Modals: must/have to
- Past continuous
- Past simple
- Past Perfect
- Present simple
- Present continuous
- Present Perfect Continuous
- Present perfect simple
- Reported Speech (range of tenses)
- Simple passive
- Wh- questions in the past
- Will and going to, for prediction

NOTE. Some of the topics and/or the amount of time dedicated to them might vary or be adapted depending any given situation.

Teaching methods

The course will take place in the classroom, and the teaching methods are 1) teacher-fronted sessions 2) practice sessions 3) in-class discussions, group and pair work 4) homework. Medium of instruction: English Attendance is compulsory (75% of the course) and is checked by the Teacher who takes note of the students who are in the classroom. NOTE: the lessons might have to take place online (synchronous and/or asynchrous) depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assessment methods

The final exam is subdivided into two written tests, one which is taken at the end of the first semester, and one taken at the end of the second semester. The final result is pass or fail. The students who do not pass one of the two tests will have to take the full examination during the regular exam season. Each test lasts 50 minutes and it consists of two components: 1) Use of English: 30 closed questions (gap fill and matching) about lexico-grammar 2) Reading comprehension: 20 closed questions (true or false and multiple choice) about short texts. The pass grade in each test is 30/50 and the final result (idoneo) is published in esse3. NOTE: the exam will be on site or online depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning outcomes

Upon passing the exam, the students

1) Knowledge and understanding
- possess knowledge of the English language, having reached a B1 level according to the CEFR;
- can remember a wide range of terms belonging to their field of study;
- can understand the gist of written and spoken English used in everyday communicative events linked to their field of study.

2) Applying knowledge and understanding
- can apply their knowledge of English when communicating in formal and informal contexts, by deploying a range of morpho-syntactic structures;
- can work alone and in groups and organise their tasks flexibly.

3) Making judgements
- can select data according to their relevance in order to formulate judgments in their disciplinary domain;
- can evaluate pros and cons of a number of options to solve a given problem.

4) Communication skills
- can communicate effectively and correctly in English and convey general information pertaining to their area of study.

5) Learning skills
- can update and consolidate their linguistic knowledge;
- can hone their communicative competence;
- can relate this knowledge and competence to other disciplines in their degree course.


Eastwood, J. (2009) Oxford Practice Grammar Intermediate: With Key. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hull, M. (2010) Medical English Clear and Simple. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

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