2023-2024 / LANG5001-1

Advanced English for Biomedical Science


30h Pr, 10h AUTR

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine2 crédits 


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 course Advanced English for Biomedical Science (LANG5001-A-a) continues the development of reading and listening, data gathering, note-taking, analyzing and synthetizing using, on the one hand, scientific texts or sets of texts and, on the other hand, lectures or reported scientific news in the field of biomedical sciences.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The main objectives for this course are being able to analyze and synthesize English scientific literature and to understand scientific lectures in English, take notes and answer open-ended questions about these lectures.
In this view, we will:

  • review several grammar points in a scientific context,
  • build on Academic English and specific vocabulary,
  • practice reading to become more efficient readers,
  • listen to lectures and take notes to practice our listening skills,
  • do some research, share our findings, collect data, and learn how to synthesize this information,
  • learn how to recognize the structure of a text or lecture,
  • learn how to paraphrase and avoid plagiarism,
  • learn how to write a summary,
  • learn how to recognize attitude and degrees of certainty,
  • learn how to describe a graph.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

English for Medical Science (LANG4001-1) or equivalent.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students will be expected to conscientiously prepare for the scheduled activities in order to be able to take part in them as actively as possible. These activities will feature sharing and comparing collected data with the other participants, continuous checking of learning process, text analysis and note taking.

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

The course features 2-hour in-class sessions (as long as the sanitary conditions permit it). These sessions will be completed by a mock-test availalble on eCampus and designed to help the students to prepare for the exam.

Recommended or required readings

The course book is available on eCampus. Online grammar modules and vocabulary tests are available on eCampus as well.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

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

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Students' overall grade will be calculated as follows:

  • Continuous assessment: the pre-test and the two post-tests of each of the four grammar modules and the four vocabulary tests posted on eCampus (/1)
  • Written exam (first and second session): vocabulary questions on graph description, drafting answers in English about an audio or video file on one of the topics talked about in class (/6), writing a summary in English of a scientific article on one of the four topics addressed in class (/12).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Sebastien Schoenmaeckers, ISLV, sebastien.schoenmaeckers@uliege.be

Andrea Tudino, ISLV, andrea.tudino@uliege.be


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