The purpose of English for Health Sciences is to empower students with the language and life skills they need to carry out their career goals. To this end it provides ample opportunities for students to build awareness and practice the language in real-life scenarios. Its integrated skills approach develops the student's self-confidence to survive and succeed in professional and social encounters within an English-speaking global community.Health Science majors will immediately be motivated by the opportunity to prepare for their future careers by practicing their English language skills in the following job-related scenarios.DiagnosingPutting a patient at ease with small talk, taking a medical history, asking open-ended questions, presenting a case, and explaining medical tests and procedures to a patient
Treating a patient Giving advice, explaining a case to a relative, explaining causes and treatments, giving discharge instructions, and calming people downDealing with critical patientsDescribing and identifying causes of pain, recognizing and adopting supportive intonation, presenting a case in lay as well as medical terms, and breaking bad newsAssisting in rehabilitation and long-term care Examining a non-verbal patient, communicating with the next of kin, explaining test results to patient and relatives, explaining the conditions of long-term care, and giving instructions for physical therapy Referring a patientCalling in a specialist, referring a patient to another doctor for tests and/or treatment, and giving post-operative advice
The author Ivor Williams, is an experienced ELT materials writer. He co-authored the series Greenlight (McGrawHill) and has collaborated on a number of Thomson ELT projects. He is the author of In Detail Teacher's Edition.