Nursing & Healthcare

English for Specific Purposes
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English for Nursing & Healthcare

English for Nursing & Healthcare is designed to improve the communication skills and specialist English language knowledge of healthcare professionals, enabling them to work more confidently and effectively. With an emphasis on listening and speaking, the course covers core areas of nursing such as patient admission, taking medical specimens, patient handover, post-operative assessment and discharge planning. The course focuses on authentic tasks and activities based on everyday nursing and healthcare scenarios – from dealing with patients in pain, hospital admissions, to discussing lifestyle changes, which makes the course relevant and motivating. The course also features online activities which focus on the latest advances in nursing technology.

Authentic medical texts, realistic patient scenarios and practical nursing tasks help prepare learners for their day-to-day working lives.

Online activities which focus on the latest advances in nursing technology help keep nurses up-to-date and confident when faced with unfamiliar equipment in new environments.

Speaking skills development activities simulate real-life communication, such as describing and giving information about healthcare procedures, giving instructions, warnings and discussing workplace problems. These are practised using role-play and information gap tasks that involve finding out information from a partner.

A Focus on communication skills helps nurses to build rapport with their patients, their relatives and colleagues and become more effective in their work-based interactions.

Extra online reference material including a glossary of medical terms, common acronyms and abbreviations, and sample medical charts and forms provide valuable support for teachers and self-study students.

Reading and listening skills are developed through tasks that involve studying authentic and simplified authentic-type texts. Listening texts prepare students for communication with native speakers and non-native speakers by using recordings that contain different accents and regional variation.

Who is the course for?

All nurses, medical practitioners and general medical personnel working in either patient care or specialist medical facilities.

Course Information

Course Summary

  • Starting Dates: On request
  • Duration: 2 -8 weeks
  • Lessons per week:
    • 20 Group lessons
    • 10 English for Nursing & Healthcare private lessons
  • Minimum English Level: Intermediate
  • Maximum students per class: 12 students

Class Times
Monday – Friday                                                            09h00-10h40 > Tea Break 11h00 – 12h40 > Lunch Break

Monday –Thursday

Price (Quoted per week)

  • €350 for 2-4 weeks
  • €330 for 5-8 weeks


  • Tuition fees
  • Placement test
  • All course materials
  • End-of-course certificate
  • Unlimited free wi-fi access on school premises
  • Access to free online English courses through Net Languages and Ih World


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