Module 6: Use of English in Healthcare

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In this Module 6, you will

  1. Change tone and intonation based on kind of exchange
  2. Instruct, reassure, suggest, caution, encourage and advise
  3. Restate and rephrase information
  4. Confirm understanding

Vocabulary overview:

  • medications
  • procedures
  • tests

Grammar overview:

  • prepositions of time
  • adverbs of time
  • modal verbs
  • imperative
  • function of language (suggesting, warning, encouraging, advising, instructing, giving opinion or showing attitude)

Speaking overview:

  • tone
  • intonation and word stress
  • pronunciation

VERY IMPORTANT SPEAKING PATTERNS and SPEAKING PRACTICE

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

Examples of common collocations:

  • take blood
  • give an injection
  • get an injection
  • do a biopsy
  • drain an abscess

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

  • insert a needle = in-serta-nee-dul
  • set up an IV = seh–tup-pan-I-V

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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