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CULP: Languages for Medics

Courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine

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The primary focus of the course is to develop listening (aural) and speaking (oral) skills with special reference to topics and functions related to medicine and the medical profession. Students will also gain a greater understanding of the societies and cultures of countries where the language is spoken with special emphasis to the medical context. Students will be introduced to the language used in general medical situations and (depending on the level and language) be operational in these.


Groups are of up to 12 students and each course offers 20 contact hours. The overall workload for the course is estimated to be of around 50hrs or 10hrs per week.

The teaching methodology is learner-centred as great attention is placed upon the cultural background, learning style and needs of each individual student.

The course features a strong presence of multimedia digital materials that are accessible online in a flexible manner. The 'social environment' of the classroom is exploited to maximise the opportunities for learners' to practise and improve real-time, face-to-face communication skills.


No fee is payable as these courses are funded via the School of Clinical Medicine and the A. J. Pressland Fund.

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The assessment is mandatory and its format will depend on the language and level.

Here is an example for a French intermediate II level:

At the end of weeks 1-4, students will write for homework and submit a 250-400 words essay. The three best essays will count towards the final mark (10% each).
At the end of the course, students will give a presentation in front of the class. The topic of the presentation will be relevant to both the course content and student's medical study interest.
The presentation will last 10 minutes and will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.
The presentation will count 70% towards the final mark.


A wide-range of bespoke and other multimedia and printed learning materials will be used.

Languages and timetables

The following courses will be offered in both Blocks A (24 Sept - 26 Oct) and B (29 Oct - 30 Nov):

Enrolments for these courses will begin online on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

All courses will be starting 18.30 or later at the School of Clinical Medicine or in one of the teaching rooms in central Cambridge (consult room allocation per course).

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

For further information about these courses please contact The SSCs Administrator, Ms Susan Coyle or the CULP Administrator, Mr Bagir Agajevs.

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