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CULP: Languages for Medics


Courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine

Timetable - Michaelmas-Lent 2021/22

If unsure about the level, consult the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the General CULP language/course descriptors.

Languages for Medics courses will run over 10 weeks commencing the week beginning 20 September 2021. All courses will be starting at 18.30 or later.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please note you can only enrol on one course.

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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.

For all levels, all 4 skills, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing, will be assessed by the portfolio of assessments listed below:  

  • Timed Moodle quizzes completed as homework, assessing listening and reading comprehension and significant linguistic features (x 3 for Basic levels, and x 2 for Elementary and Intermediate levels)
  • Writing task x 1
  • Oral presentation / role play presented ‘live’ in class with questions asked by class and teacher as appropriate.
  • Attendance  
  • Participation  in class

NB: Attendance should be no less than 80%


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





Intermediate 1 Intermediate 2


Intermediate 1


Basic Intermediate 1

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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