Module 5: In and Out patient Follow Up, Phone calls

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In this Module 5, you will

  1. Practice common idioms in describing feelings
  2. Compare, contrast and summarise changes in patient condition
  3. Give important but basic explanations and instructions
  4. Learn and practice shorter grammar forms when giving information and instructions

Vocabulary overview:

  • symptoms
  • clinical signs
  • activities of daily life

Grammar overview:

  • phrasal verbs
  • collocations
  • idioms
  • adjectives and adverbs
  • relative pronouns and clause


SPEAKING ALOUD GROUPS OF WORDS THAT COMMONLY GO TOGETHER (sometimes called collocations) helps you speak more smoothly and naturally, and builds your communication skills more quickly.

Examples of common collocations:

  • flare up of allergies (or symptoms)
  • find out information (about something)
  • get over the ‘flu (an illness)

Throughout this module, these groups of words (or collocations) are often underlined.

English speakers also TIE WORDS TOGETHER so the end of one word runs into the start of the next.

EXAMPLES of tying sounds together:

  • flare up of = fla’rupof
  • find out = fin’dout
  • get over = ge’tover

Practice by SAYING THESE GROUPS OF WORDS ALOUD, running the words together until they flow as smoothly and naturally as one expression. This helps condition you to speak more fluently.


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