Foreign Language - English


Students should be able to understand language in most of the subjects related to common every day topics, and describe events and opinions with some fluency. They should also be able to follow and take part in more abstract/technical discussions. There could still be some errors, but not in basic structures and there should be a variety of vocabulary and grammar that shows enough flexibility to communicate fluently in more or less familiar topics. The objective is also to understand some aspects of English culture and how it articulates with language, and to be able to describe their own culture and view of the world in a complete and honest perspective.

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Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Maria Teresa Neto


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Teaching language





·         "Dymanic Presentations", Mark Powell, Cambridge University Press, 2010

·         "Academic Writing - from Paragraph to Essay", Dorothy E Zemach  and Lisa Rumisek, MacMillan, 2010

·         "Academic Writing - A Practical Guide for Students", Stephen Bailey, Routledge, 2003

·         "Write Better Essays", Elizabeth Chesla, Learning Express, 2006

·         "Ideas into Words - Mastering the Craft of Science Writing", Elise Hancock and Robert Kanigel , Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003

·         "Common mistakes at IELTS/Proficiency", Julie More, Cambridge University Press, 2005/7

·         "Check your English Vocabulary for Medicine", A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 2006

·     "Test your Vocabulary for Medicine", David Riley, Peter Collin Publishing, 2000

·         "Professional English in Use - Medicine", Eric Glendinning and Ron Howard, Cambridge University Press, 2007

·         "English in Medicine: A Course in Communication Skills", Eric H. Glendinning  and Beverly Holmström, Cambridge University Press, 2005

·         "Oxford English for Careers: Medicine 2", Sam McCarter, Oxford University Press, 2010

·         "Good Practice - Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner", Marie Mccullagh, Cambridge Professional English, 2008

·         "Practical English Usage", Michael Swan, Oxford University Press, 2005

Teaching method

Students should be able to practice Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, but with special focus on Listening and Speaking. Extra work of Reading and Writing is to be done outside of class time to maximize oral exposure. All lessons include both theory and practice and different exercises to motivate and facilitate learning.


·         Theoretical lessons : Professional and Academic Presentations; General Writing with focus on academic and scientific essays.

·         Theoretical-practical lessons: Practice of Professional and Academic Presentations (from text to delivery); Interaction with peers and patients; Grammar for level B2/C1, Medical, General and Technical Vocabulary.

·         Non-clinical-practical lessons: Professional and Academic Presentations; Grammar for level B2/C1, Medical, General and Technical Vocabulary.

Seminars: All classes have a practical and theoretical aspect, including background research and application of principles discussed in class.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: Essay – 30%; Oral Presentation - 30%; Participation and Homework - 40%.

Students who fail continuous assessment (overall mark >10/20) are given the opportunity to do an examination at the end of the course. This examination will involve writing a short scientific academic essay and making a scientific academic presentation.

Subject matter

The programme comprises grammar identified for Level B2/C1, focusing on the development of more complex grammatical structures and correcting common mistakes. In terms of vocabulary and functions, content is divided between writing (a formal academic essay) speaking in groups in discussions involving common medical subjects and speaking in an oral presentation. There will also be some remedial work in pronunciation, to improve performance in oral presentations.


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