2023-2024 / LANG2940-2

English for medical sciences


20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in dentistry2 crédits 


Kevin Noiroux


Kevin Noiroux

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The English course in Medicine aims at enabling the students to read medical texts in English.

The first-year course is a medical English course of B1/B2 (CEFR) level (B2 for reading). It consists of 10 classes of 2 hours taught to small groups.

As the main purpose of the course is to develop a KNOW-HOW, the 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 reach the level of the final exam. So, the 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 the global and selective reading comprehension of scientific documents (as well as listening comprehension to a lesser extent).
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.
Acquired skills should allow students to access specific scientific literature easily and efficiently.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The Med Eng 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. It is taught in the second semester.

All students are strongly advised to attend the English classes every week and pay special attention to their lecturer's remarks and explanations.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Particpative course in the second quarter with compulsory exercises to be done before and/or after the class ; mock exam in April and numerous self-assessment tests (past exams) posted during the year.
Course participation and preparatory exercises are compulsory.
A compulsory placement test will be organized during the first semester to form level groups. Students with an international certificate (FCE with an A or B grade or CAE) can be exempted from the class by bringing their certificate to the faculty apparitorat before the placement test.

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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

The MedEng 1 course book will be available from the INTERCOPY shop by mid-January. Students will receive an e-mail as soon as it is vailable. 

Several past exams (with keys) are available on eCampus.


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

The final grade (.../20) consists of 2 parts.

1) Written exam (.../19)

Students will be asked to answer multiple-choice and True/False questions on the medical vocabulary listed in the MedEng One course book as well as on a sight text dealing with a medical subject.

2) Homework on eCampus (.../1)

Each unit ends with a homework assignment on eCampus, made up of several exercises. This assignment is worth 1 point. To get it, students must get at least 50% for each exercise. That grade is weigthed out of 1 point for the final grade.

Homework can be submitted until May, 18. Since it is a continous assesmment grade, it counts for both sessions.

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, supervised 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) and/or use the GABi Website on eCampus.


Kevin Noiroux, k.noiroux@uliege.be

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