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Humanidades Médicas

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MORE PELAEZ, María Josefa; PEREZ ORTIZ, Isabel  y  BUENO VELAZCO, Concepción. Introductory course of English for Medical Purposes. Rev Hum Med [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.2. ISSN 1727-8120.

The teaching of English for Medical Purposes plays a decisive role in Cuban medical universities. English for Medical Purposes is taught during the 4th and 5th academic years of medicine and in postgraduate courses. We present a 40-hour-task-based introductory course. It is intended for intermediate level students and can be used in both undergraduate and graduate courses as well. The course-book material is designed to meet specified needs and expose learners to language use with opportunities to review areas of grammar, functional language, which may still be posing special difficulties. Special attention is devoted to the medical terminology used in history taking, physical examination, investigations, diagnosis and therapeutic plan. The course components include nine tasks aimed at providing a variety of activities to develop the students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the end there is a set of appendices which comprise useful language hints and additionally supplemented materials. The teacher’s manual contains a unit-by-unit plan, detailed methodological guidelines, and a complete answer key to the Student’s Book.

Palabras clave : Medical English; introductory course; methodological guidelines.

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