Friday, 26 March 2010

Lecture Extra:Video: The Circulatory System

From the Pheonix Learning Group this video on the circulatory system. As usual, try and test your English comprehension by listening to the video while watching along.

Below find the links to an AVI file on the video; and a copy of the video available on Youtube.

The Circulatory System Video [AVI]
The Circulatory System Video [YouTube]

Workshop Powerpoint:Week 3: Draw Me A Picture (ii)

Please find below a link to the Powerpoint for the Workshop for Week 3 which involved amongst others things the second part of the 'Draw Me A Picture' acvtivity.

A Pdf copy of the Homefun Activities for the Week are also included

Powerpoint Week 3: Draw Me A Picture (ii)
Homefun Week 3: Draw Me A Picture (ii)

Lecture Powerpoint:Week 5: Circulatory System (ii)

Please find below links to Powerpoints for second half of Unit 2 on the Circulatory System.

There are links also to the Listening scripts for the Unit.

Powerpoint Week 5: The Circulatory System [4-6]
Listening Scripts Week 5: The Circulatory System [4-6]

Lecture Extra:Medical Adjectives

As you hopefully know, adjectives are words whose main role is to modify a noun or pronoun, giving more information about the noun or pronoun's referent.

In medical terminology, many adjectives or combining forms of adjectives are derived from either Greek or Latin.

Adjectives will appear most often in compounds and will be joined to either nouns or verbs. Suffixes may be added to make them into nouns as well.

Links: /

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Medical Online Resources:MTACC Resource Center

Find below a link to the (1) Medical Transcription Advantage Career Center and (2) its Resource Center. Its a bit unclear reading the site what the MTACC is [or was] or what it did [although to would appear to offer (have offered) online medical related courses.

The MTACC Resource Library contains articles written by physicians and other professionals on literally thousands of subjects for additional reading and explanation. In addition to the articles there are a range of audio files including files n such topics as: the Cardiovascular, Digestive, Female Reproductive, Male Reproductive, Nervous, Skeletal and Respiratory Systems,Mental Health, Muscles and Joints, Obstetrics, Oncology, Pharmacology, Radiology, Special Senses and Urology.

1. Medical Transcription Advantage Career Center
2. MTACC Resource Center,

Lecture Extra:Pronunciation: Cardiovascular

The accent is a bit frightening but, if you want to get an idea of how some of the key vocabulary related to the cardiovascular system is pronounced, go to the page on the MTACC site [see forthcoming post] by following the link below.


Friday, 19 March 2010

Medical Online Resources:Dr. Saul's Body in Motion

The Biology In Motion contains animations, interactive activities, and cartoons that have been designed with the aim to make "learning biology a richer, more engaging experience". 'After years of teaching biology in various colleges and universities', the designer notes that he began 'developing his own graphics and multimedia, mainly for in-class presentation'. 'The many positive responses' he received in turn led him initiate this website.

While, as noted in the previous posting, some of this information might be a bit basic for you now, its worthwhile remembering that as practicing doctors you will have to communicate for the most part with patients you are not experts in Medicine. The type of language used in sites like these can be ideal models for the language you might use with your patients. You might even choose to use such website to demonstrate to patients the nature of their problems.


Lecture Extra:Dr Saul's Cardiovascular System

Check out the simple but effect animation of the basic structure of the Cardiovascular System prepared by
Dr. Saul' on his 'Biology in Motion' website [for more details see following posting].

Like many such sites on the internet, its meant for school children, but, it contains a lot of the vocabulary we aare examining this week and presents it in a clear easy to understand fashion.

Show it to your younger brother and sisters to give them an idea 0f what you are doing in college!!


Sunday, 14 March 2010

Lecture Extra:Prepositions of Time

As the Advanced English Grammar website notes, prepositions of time are essential in order to understand / indicate when events occur.
* Is it in the past?
* Will it last until a specified time?
* How long does it last?
And so on...

Find below some links to some information and online games related to prepositions of time.

1. Propositions of Time [Info]
2. Prepositions of Time [Info]
3. Prepositions of Time [Quiz]
4. Prepositons of Time [Quiz]

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Medical Online Resorces:Procedures Consult

Procedures Consult is, as their website notes, a product from Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science and health information and publisher of Saunders, Churchill Livingstone and Mosby.

While the site is a "subscription site" [i.e. you have to pay money to use their services] there is a demo video and you can sign up for a 30 day trial.
Once done you can view high quality video, text and illustrations for top medical procedures and information on patient safety guidelines, indications, contraindications, anatomy, equipment. Have a look and try some of the procedures out on your friends!!


Lecture Extra:Medical Procedures

As noted in class this week, Wikipedia have defined medical procedures as: "courses of action intended to achieve a result in the care of persons with health problems". While medical procedures with the intention of determining, measuring or diagnosing a patient condition or parameter, they note, are called 'Diagnostic Procedures' or Medical Test, other common kinds of Procedures are described as being 'Therapeutic' (i.e., with the intention or treating, curing or restoring function or structure), 'Surgical' and Rehabilitation.

Find below links to: the Wikipedia page of Medical Procedures which includes links to other pages detailing a whole range of them; the website [for more information see the post below]; and the list of Medical Procedures on the
[information of which I have posted before].

Medical Procedures [Wikipedia]

Medical Procedure []
Medical Procedure []

Subject Resources: TextbookUnit 2: The Cardiovascular System [1-2]

Please find below links to Sections 1 & 2 of Unit 2 of the Textbook which is built around the theme of "The Circulatory System".

I will update this posting as the editing of further Sections of the Chapter are completed.

Textbook: Unit 2: The Circulatory System [1-2] [RS] [DF]

Lecture Powerpoint:Week 4: The Circulatory System (1-2)

Please find below links to the Powerpoint for the first Lecture for Week 4 which covered the 'Vocabulary' and 'Reading' Sections of Unit 2 which is built around the theme of the Circulatory System.

A full version of the Week's Powerpoint will appear later in the week. A full version of a Powerpoint for the entire Unit will appear at the end of Week 5.

Powerpoint Week 4: The Circulatory System [1-2] [RS] [DF]

Friday, 12 March 2010

Lecture Powerpoint:Week 3: The Respiratory System (ii)

Please find below links to the Powerpoint for the Lecture Sessions for Week 3 which related to the second half of Unit 1 on the Respiratory System. If for some reason you have not had these lectures yet please wait until you have had them before downloading the file. I have also include links to the "I Have a Headache" Jazz Chant. Please note that if you want this and other Jazz chants please see the posting on Jazz Chants below.

As always, let me know if you cannot download or read the files [email address and phone number is to the left]. I will also be uploading the material the material from last week as some students reported problems getting files.

Powerpoint Week 3: Respiratory System (ii) [RS] [DF]
Jazz Chant: I Have a Headache [RS] [DF]

Workshop Powerpoint:Week 2

Please find below Rapid Share and Deposit File links to the Powerpoint for Week 2's Workshop which was the first workshop related to the topic of the Respiratory System.

Please note that because some students are doing the workshops a week later than others I will be posting the weekly workshop Powerpoints a week after they have first been conducted by me [Simon]. Hope that's not too confusing...

p.s. if for some reason you can't read the Powerpoint, its most probably because you have an old version of Microsoft Office. Update now!!!

p.p.s. If the links are working let me know.

Workshop: Week 2 [RS] [DP]

Lecture Extras / English Online Resources:Jazz Chants

As noted in class o couple of times over the last few weeks, one of the best ways to improve stress and rythms patterns in spoken English is to use Jazz Chants. [Jazz chants being poems that use jazz rhythms to illustrate the natural stress and intonation patterns of conversational American English] In addition, as Miles Craven in his article on Jazz Chnats has noted, because each jazz chant focuses on different vocabulary and grammar, you can also important words and structures!

To hear a range of Jazz chants and read their Texts, see the link below from the people at OneStopEnglish

Jazz Chants [OneStopEnglish

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Lecture Extra / English Online Resources:Tongue Twisters

As noted on the Wikipedia page on the topic, a tongue-twister " a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. Tongue-twisters may rely on similar but distinct phonemes (e.g., s [s] and sh [ʃ]), unfamiliar constructs in loanwords, or other features of a language." The hardest tongue-twister in the English Language according to the Guinness World Records, they note, is "The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick."

Tongue Twisters can be found in many languages and have been a commonly used tool in English language classes to help students improve their fluency. Given that doctors and other people in the medical professions often need to say quite complex things fairly rapidly [just watch ER, House or any of the other medical related programs of TV to see what I mean] Tongue twisters are especially useful for Medical Students.

Find below a link to the "1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters" web site which claims to have the 's largest collection of tongue twisters. Ive also included direct links to their English and Arabic tongue twister pages..

1st International
Collection of Tongue Twisters [General]
1st International
Collection of Tongue Twisters [English]
1st International
Collection of Tongue Twisters [Arabic]

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Subject Resources:Unit 1:Latest Draft

Please find below raidshare and deposit file links to what be the final copy of Unit 1 of the textbook for this semester which concerns the Respiratory System. While I plan to make some further adjustments here and there, these adjustments will be for next years' students [i.e. not you].

As always, if you have any suggestions as to how the Unit could be improved, please let me know.

Textbook - Unit 1 - The Respiratory System [RS] [DF]

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Medical Online ResourcesAgosy Medical Animations and Illustrations

According to their site, "Argosy Medical's award winning staff has been providing animation and illustration solutions to the educational, pharmaceutical, scientific, consumer product, television, and medical communities for over 15 years." They offer stock and custom medical animations and illustrations as well as customizable 3d interactive medical device solutions using their 'visible body platform].

Among the pages they have are ones on the: Muscular, Digestive, Skeletal and Nervous Systems. Check them/it out!!!


Lecture Extra:Video: Respiratory System

From [see the forthcoming posting] comes this 3-D video respresentation of the respiratory system. As usual, try and test your English comprehension by listening to the video while watching along.

Below find the links to an AVI file on the video; a copy of the video available on Youtube; and the Respiratory System site which has anumber of additional video as well.

Respiratory System Video [AVI]
Respiratory System Video []
Respiratory System Video []

Friday, 5 March 2010

Lecture Extra:The Scoop On Smoking

The Scoop On Smoking on smoking website was designed by the American Council on Science and Health [ACSH] to "present in a highly accesible, interactive manner, detailed facts about the health consequences of tobacco use". They believed there was a need for the site because "... too teens (and adults) [were] simply told that using tobacco -- particularly smoking cigarettes -- is "dangerous". Even the government-mandated warning label [gave] only a few words of caution -- all in very general terms. But the devil is in the details."

The ACSH decided that people needed to 'be given specific details of tobacco's deleterious impact on every site of the body and every organ system. Find below links to the website along with a link to the page on the site that has links to pages that have in formation about the effects that smoking has on the different system within the body including, of course, the respiratory system.


Thursday, 4 March 2010

Lecture Extra:About Your Lungs: Lungs Animations and Interactives

From the Science Museum of Minnesota comes one of the continuing series of animated resources on the human body.

On the About Your Lungs page you can find sung Lung related animations and interactives as:
View the lungs from the outside and the inside

View the entire vascular system
View a working respiratory system->

There are also a series of online lessons about your lungs entitled:
Lung Model
| Ins and Outs of Respiration | Catch Your Breath | O2 CO2 Skit |


Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Medical Online Resources:UMMC: Medical Gross Anatomy Games

While talking about interactive games using the Powerpoint medium that help you check your medical knowledge, why don't you check out the Powerpoints that have been designed and host by the university of Michigan Medical under the title 'Medical Gross Anatomy Games'

Among the Powerpoint activities they have links to are:
Anatomy Crossword Puzzle
* Introduction to the Nervous System
* Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerve
* Movements of the Lower Limb
* Introduction to Joints


Lecture Extra: Respiratory System Vocab Review

I thought you might be interested in have a look at this Powerpoint which has been put together by the Central School District in New York City to help senior high schools students review words related to respiratory system.

What you have to do is fairly self explanatory so just download it, click on the icon and have a go.

Respiratory System Vocab Review Powerpoint

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Lecture Powerpoint:Unit 1: The Respiratory System (i)

Please find below a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation for Sections 1-3 of Unit 1 of the Textbook - The Respiratory System.

Also find two pdf versions of the the completed sections of the textbook [one in colour, one 'printer friendly'].

1. Powerpoint Presentation - Units 1: 1-3
2. Textbook [Colour] - Unit 1: 1-3
3. Textbook [Printer Friendly] - Units 1: 1-3

Lecture Extra:Online Resources

Among the topics we covered this week included:
* the respiratory system
* careers in medicine
* the present continouus tense, &
* non-action verbs

Find below links to some hopefully sometimes fun online resources you can use to learn more about them.

1. Hangman: The Respiratory System

Monday, 1 March 2010

English Online gives you the opportunity to practice your English language skills in many ways. If you're a beginner, you can start by checking out our vocabulary pages, where you can see, hear, and say new words in English.

If you need some help with grammar, listening, or reading, you can look through hundreds of pages of explanations, examples, and exercises or browse through the quiz links section. If you want some conversation practice, you can find a study buddy, tutor, or teacher in our speaking partner program. In addition there are TOEFL / TOEIC, pronunciation and idioms practice?


Lecture Extra:Non-Action Verbs

Some verbs cannot be used in the progressive tenses. They are called non-action verbs.

Non-action verbs indicate: state, sense, desire, possession, or opinion.

The most common non-action verbs are: be, seem, appear, look, sound, smell, taste, feel,like, want, prefer, love, have, own, possess.


Lecture Extra:Present Continuous Tense

The present continuous tense (also called the present progressive tense) is commonly used in English for actions happening right now, or in the future.

Form: am/is/are + present participle
You are watching TV.
Are you watching TV?
You are not watching TV.