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English in Dentistry

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:VC_060LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:LinguisticsTarget Audience:Dentistry
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Tatjana Zakutajeva
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Language Centre
The Head of Structural Unit:Dace Žibala
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 16,,, +371 67061586
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)0Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures0
Classes (count)16Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes32
Total Contact Hours32
Lectures (count)0Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures0
Classes (count)16Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes32
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
knowledge of the English language at secondary school level.
to develop students’ communication skills for use in academic and professional settings and to facilitate the acquisition of professional terminology for productive use.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction to the course. Effective Communication.Classes2.00auditorium
2Medical Breakthroughs.Classes2.00auditorium
3Terminology Acquisition on the Theme Human Body: Organs and Systems. TestClasses2.00auditorium
4In and around the Hospital. The Hospital Team.Classes1.00auditorium
5Signs and Systems. Pain Assessment Scales and Pain Management. Test.Classes2.00auditorium
6Vocabulary Enrichment on the Theme History of Dentistry.Classes2.00auditorium
7Vocabulary Enrichment on the Theme Dental SpecialtiesClasses2.00auditorium
8Terminology Acquisition on the Theme Preventive Dentistry.Classes1.00auditorium
9Presentations. Semester Test.Classes2.00auditorium
10Terminology Acquisition on the Theme Human Dentition and Anatomy of Oral Cavity. Test.Classes2.00auditorium
11Terminology Acquisition on the Theme Dental Surgery, Dental Unit and Basic Dental Instruments.Classes1.00auditorium
12Lexical Minimum Acquisition on the Theme Cross Infection Control in the Dental Practice and Professional Disease Prevention.Classes1.00auditorium
13Managing Dental Fear.Classes1.00auditorium
14Communication Skills Development in Dentist – Patient Interaction: Communication in the Dental Practice.Classes1.00auditorium
15Examining and Interviewing the Patient, Taking History, Charting. Watching the video. Role Playing Dentist - Patient Dialogues.Classes2.00auditorium
16Terminology Acquisition on The theme Dental Caries. Test.Classes2.00auditorium
17Terminology Acquisition on the Theme Toothwear: Erosion, Abrasion, Bruxism.Classes1.00auditorium
18Scientific Article Presentation.Classes1.00auditorium
19Terminology Acquisition on Xerostomia and Halitosis.Classes1.00auditorium
20Ethical and Legal Responsibilities of the Dentist.Classes1.00auditorium
21Presentations. Semester test.Classes2.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
ndividual and pair work: preparing a presentation on one of the course topics; work with monolingual dictionaries (definitions/explanations of the terms); writing e-mails according to the given principles, scientific article presentation.
Assessment Criteria:
active class participation; written homework of appropriate quality, submitted in due time, the quality of oral answers. One presentation per semester on the topics of the course Tests that check terminology acquisition and its practical application. At the end of the course a written examination that checks knowledge and practical application of terminology, general comprehension and understanding of specific information, and the use of language.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:on successful completion of the course, the students will be able to: recognize professional terminology in different types of texts; recall professional terminology related to the field of dentistry; describe different phenomena in the field of dentistry using professional terminology in English;
Skills:on successful completion of the course the students will be able to: select and use appropriate terminology in English for oral communication (presentations, discussions) and written communication (e-mails) in the field of dentistry; use appropriate language devices to communicate their ideas both in written and spoken language; summarize the information in written and spoken language using relevant terminology in English; retell the general idea and specific information in different kinds of texts from varied types of sources.
Competencies:on successful completion of the course students will be able to practically apply the acquired terminology in varied interaction settings.
Required Reading
1Open Your English Wider!!! English for Dental Professionals. Kinga Studzinska-Pasieka, Marcin Otto, Poland: 2011.
2Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary. E. Martin, Oxford University Press, 2008.
Additional Reading
1Medicine, Sam McCarter, Oxford University Press, 2013.
2Nursing, Tony Grice, Oxford University Press, 2013.
3Cambridge English for Nursing, Virginia Allum, Patricija McGarr, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
4Professional English in Use. Medicine, Eric H. Glendinning, Ron Howard, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
5Oxford Practice Grammar, John Eastwood, Oxford University Press, 2006.
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