Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Exam Update:English in Medicine 1

A bit of extra information: The last three sections of the English for Medicine Exam are based on material from Powerbase. Some students are a bit worried about what they will be about and while I can't tell you the topics I can tell you that:

1. Questions 26-30 are "Fill in the gaps in the following conversation with the options provided" questions

2. Questions 31-35 are "Match the questions on the left with the answers on the right." questions and,

3. Questions 36-40 are "Use prompts to write down questions you might ask them." given a certain situation. [the situation might be something like: "You meet your Professor at Hyper Panda" and the prompt might be "What / you / buying/"

Hope that helps.

Exam Update:Grammar for Communication

Just a quick note to remind you that you will be doing two exams tomorrow, not one. The first exam will be in the English in Medicine exam about which I have already posted [see below]. The other exam is the exam for Communication Skills which is basically a Grammar Exam focusing on the Grammar Section of the first five Units of the Powerbase book.

There are three sections in this second exam and 25 questions.
i. the first section contains seven questions which consist of "correct the mistakes in the following sentences" questions e.g.

* I went to the exam early tomorrow morning.

ii. the second section contains eight "multiple choice" questions e.g.
* Abdul always _______ his sister to school.
a. drives
b. is driving
c. drove
d. drived

iii. the final section contains ten "fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb given" questions. e.g.
* I _____ that you should study too hard tonight. [not/think]

Hope that is a help.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Exam Update:Topic and Key Words

The topic of the reading passage for for the exam will concern the heart. Some of the keywords might include the following: amino approximately atria atrioventicular atrium atrium bicuspid calcium camel car cavity chamber consciousness death destination general glucose heartbreak love muscle not organ originates oxygen oxygenated potassium pump pumping raw red romance sadness seatbelts secretions smoking sodium specific spiderman tricuspid valve vena cava ventricle vital waste

Be good and happy .... and stay cool and check out the link below for some help with the terms. Remember, you should be able to answer all the questions in the exam without knowing the meaning of the words.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

English in Medicine: Exam UpdateMid-Term Exam Review

Please find enclosed a copy of a practice mid-term exam on the subject of the nose. I have also included a Powerpoint which explains why the answers are what they are.

If you have any questions please let me know by email or in the comments section below.

Practice Mid-Term Exam Paper: The Mouth
Powerpoint: Practice Mid-Term Exam

Powerpoint pdf: Practice Mid Term Exam

Powerpoints - Medical English:1Theoretical: Weeks 6 & 7 / Unit 3: The Liver

Please find below links to a copy of the Powerpoint for Weeks 6 & 7 which focused of the activities in Unit 3 of the English for Medicine book and related to the Lungs

In addition to the Powerpoint, I have included links to the audio for the week and a copy of the transcript for the audio.

Finally, I have included links to a video on the ear. Listen to it and see how you go trying to understand someone different talk about the ear

Unit 3 - The Lungs: Powerpoint - MediaFire
Unit 3 - The Lungs: Powerpoint pdf - MediaFire
Unit 3 - The Lungs: Audio - MediaFire
Unit 3 - The Lungs: Transcript - MediaFire
Unit 3 - The Lungs: Video - MediaFire

Powerpoint: Medical English 1Practical Week 7 / Review 1 & 2: Units 1 & 2

Please find below links to the Powerpoint for the Practical Classes for Week 6 which focused on the Reviews 1 & 2 of the Powerbase [Intermediate] textbook and dealt with Units 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 respectively.

I have also included a pdf version of the Powerpoint; the audio for the Reviews. [minus the Grammar related material].

I have also posted them of 'Future Doctors'.

Powerpoint Review 1
Powerpoint Review 2
Powerpoint pdf Review 1
Powerpoint pdf Review 2
Audio Review 1
Audio Review 2

Friday, 5 November 2010

English in Medicine 1: Exam Up DateSome Exams From Last Year

As you know, the exams are coming up and I know many of you are worried. My message to you however is: DON'T PANIC. It is not our intention to trick you. The exam will be fair and will be based on the work you have done in class.

As noted in class, the majority exam of the questions will be based on the English in Medicine Textbook [i.e. about 25 of the 40 questions] . A number of questions however, will be based on the exercises in the Powerbase textbook.

Please note that while the type of questions in the English in Medicine:1 part of the exam will be identical to those we have covered in class, the topic of the questions will not be. That is, you will be given a text that relates to a party of the body NOT in the textbook.

Please find below links to the sample and mid-term exams of last year. I have included a couple of Powerpoints that explain the answers. Do the exams first and then have a look at the answers. Please note that these exams DO NOT contain questions similiar to those in the Powerbase book because it was not used last year.

1. Sample Mid-Term Exam [2010]
2. Answer Review Sample Mid -Term Exam [2010]
3. Mid-Term Exam [2010]
4. Answer Review Mid -Term Exam [2010]

English in Medicine 1:Workshop ExtraWeek 6 / Unit 5 :Brands

One of the subjects focused on in this week's English for Medicine: 1 Workshops was Brands. As the citation on wikipedia.com notes, a brand is "the identity of a specific product, service, or business".

A brand, they note, "can take many forms, including a name, sign, symbol, color combination or slogan. The word brand began simply as a way to tell one person's cattle from another by means of a hot iron stamp. A legally protected brand name is called a trademark. The word brand has continued to evolve to encompass identity - it affects the personality of a product, company or service."

If you would like to read more about brands and even do some online quizzes, follow the links below.


Grammar for Communication: Online ResourcesWeek 5 / Unit 4: The Simple Past

In the Grammar for Communication classes this week we looked at modals

A modal verb is an extra verb which is used before the main verb and gives more information about the main verb. The nine modal verbs in English are: can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would

If you want to read more about this grammar point and do some online exercises, follow the following links.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Powerpoint: Grammar for CommunicationWeek 6 / Unit 5 - Modals

Please find below links to the Powerpoint Presentation for the for Grammar for Communication / Communication Skills class for Week 6 which focused on the Grammar Section in Unit 5 of the Powerbase [Intermediate] book and concerned the Modals.

I have also included a zipped file of the audio for the unit, a pdf of the Powerpoint.

GFC: Powerpoint 5
GFC: Powerpoint pdf 5
GFC: Audio 5

Powerpoint: Medical English 1Practical Week 6 / Unit 5: Buying and Selling

Please find below links to the Powerpoint for the Practical Classes for Week 6 which focused on Unit 5 of the Powerbase [Intermediate] textbook and was entitled "Buying and Selling"

I have also included a pdf version of the Powerpoint; the audio for the unit [minus the Grammar related material]; and, a copy of the Information exchange activity which if you didn't have a chance to do in class you can try out at home.

[Guys, I have also posted them of 'Future Doctors'].

Powerpoint 5
PP pdf version 5

audio 5

InfoExchange 5