2023-2024 / LANG2002-1

English for medical sciences


25h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine2 crédits 


Aurélie Bruzzese, Daphné Bui, Jérôme Gaillard, Giulia Mascoli, Sébastien Schoenmaeckers, Andrea Tudino

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The English course in Biomedical Sciences aims at enabling students to understand medical content (texts, presentations,...) in English as well as communicating (speaking and writing).

The first-year course is a medical English course of B1/B2 (CEFR) level (B2 for reading and B1 for listening). It consists of in-class and online activities throughout the first semester.

As the main purpose of the course is to develop a KNOW-HOW, students are encouraged to do reading comprehension exercises each week. This enables them to progressively acquire the basic medical vocabulary and improve their reading skills.

Homework assignments are increasingly difficult to eventually reach the level of the final exam. So, students can assess the progress they are making in the accurate reading of medical English texts.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course mainly aims at developing skills for the global and selective reading comprehension of scientific documents as well as listening comprehension, written and oral expression but also frequent grammatical structures.
Each chapter features short, simple texts aimed at introducing the subject and genuine unsimplified and unabridged papers. Most chapters also contain listening exercises serving to introduce the medical vocabulary differently. Moreover, frequent grammatical structures found in the texts are also discussed. Writing and speaking exercises are also part of the course.
Acquired skills should allow students to access specific scientific literature easily and efficiently.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The Medical English 1 course has a B2 level for reading, which means that the students are expected to already have a basic grounding in English grammar and vocabulary.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

In-class course followed by homework in the first quarter with compulsory exercises to be done before and/or after the class ; self-assessment tests posted during the year.
Class attendance and preparatory exercises are compulsory.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Course taught in class along with online exercises during the first semester with a series of videos, self-assessment exercises and self-assessment tests.

Recommended or required readings

The course book will be available on eCampus and on myULiège as of September.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam in January

Students will be asked to answer multiple-choice and True/False questions on
- a listening comprehension, - an unseen medical text, - the medical vocabulary from the course book, - the grammatical structures studied in class.
Moreover, written tasks such as definitions and explanations of concepts seen in class will be part of the examination.
The final grade will be calculated out of 20 points based on the faculty's rules.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

1. Considering the significant differences among 1st-year students and the limited teaching time, self-learning and remedial work should be given due attention.

Students are encouraged to work every week and seriously do the work required for each course Unit.

2. They can also purchase the ISLV Grammaire Anglaise de Base with exercises (and key) available at the "Point de Vue" bookstore (Sart-Tilman) and/or use the GABi platform on eCampus.


Jérôme Gaillard, ISLV, chargé d'enseignement, jgaillard@uliege.be

Véronique Doppagne, ISLV, Responsable des Cours de Langues Facultaires, V.Doppagne@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

LANG2002 - Syllabus 2023-2024
Syllabus for the English level 1 course in biomedical sciences