Includes digital workbook

English for Medicine in Higher Education Studies – 2nd Edition Course eBook (eBook 318328)

Patrick Fitzgerald, Marie McCullagh, Ros Wright


A faculty-specific series for students in higher education.

ISBN: 9781782608561

Upper intermediate to proficiency
CEF Level: B2 to C2  IELTS Level: 5.0 to 7.5+

eBook edition

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English for Medicine is a skills-based course designed specifically for students of medicine who are about to enter English-medium tertiary-level studies. It provides carefully graded practice of the key academic skills that all students need, such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. It also equips students with the specialist vocabulary they need for study in a medicine faculty. Extensive listening exercises come from medical lectures, which together with the reading texts cover the core areas of medical studies.

In the 2nd Edition, the course has been updated by the authors to reflect recent medical research and practice. The lectures, articles and graphics have been revised to incorporate new sources from the literature. The skills syllabus has also been updated, with new material on developing online study skills and more structured practice of key spoken language.

  • Listening – how to understand and take effective notes on extended lectures, follow a complex spoken argument and identify the speaker’s point of view
  • Speaking – how to participate effectively in a range of academic contexts, including developing an argument in a short presentation, participating in seminars and asking questions in lectures
  • Reading – how to understand and analyze a range of academic text types, including research papers, textbooks, graphs and charts, medical illustrations, lecture slides and handouts, dictionaries, and institutional websites
  • Writing – how to produce coherent and well-structured assignments, incorporating idiomatic academic language and paraphrasing/quoting research sources appropriately
  • Vocabulary Bank + Skills Bank – a reference resource incorporating the key vocabulary and skills from each unit, extensively revised and cross-referenced to activities throughout the book
  • Includes digital workbook, provided as a SCORM package or through our online platform

Garnet Education’s English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) series covers a range of academic subjects. It was released to acclaim in 2008 and won the Duke of Edinburgh English-Speaking Union English Language Award in 2009. In the 2nd Edition, the books have been updated to reflect a decade of developments in each academic discipline. The core skills and vocabulary syllabus has been revised for the needs of students in the 2020s, and new online resources have been added, including a digital Workbook and vocabulary practice activities on Quizlet.

Format: eBook


Unit 1: What is medicine?
Unit 2: Achievements in medicine
Unit 3: Basic principles in medicine
Unit 4: Digital technologies in medicine
Unit 5: Causes and effects of disease
Unit 6: Biology and pharmacology
Unit 7: Clinical setting: acute care
Unit 8: Clinical setting: primary care
Unit 9: Non-clinical setting: public health
Unit 10: Evidence-based practice in medicine
Unit 11: Ethical issues in medicine
Unit 12: The future of medicine

Author details

Series devised by Terry Phillips • Updated for the New Edition by Edward Alden

Patrick Fitzgerald has worked in a variety of information- and teaching-related roles in healthcare and education. He holds a BA in Social Science and a Masters in Information Management and Healthcare Informatics as well as the DipTESOL. He has a particular interest in the development of learning materials for healthcare and the sciences.

Marie McCullagh is a Senior Lecturer in Professional Communication and Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth. She holds an MA in Materials Writing and a PhD in Materials Evaluation and Design. Her research interests are needs analysis, materials evaluation and design, and technical communication.

Ros Wright has over 20 years’ experience specializing in English for medical purposes. She currently provides training for overseas professionals preparing to work in UK hospitals and advises clinical educators on the Occupational English Test (OET). She has co-authored several titles in this specialized field of ESP.

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