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About Study Course

Department: Language Centre
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor: Ludmila Jermakoviča
Study type:Full time
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Linguistics


To improve, develop and streamline students’ knowledge of Russian for communication, academic and professional purposes and to facilitate the acquisition of professional medical terminology for productive use.


Basic knowledge of the Russian language is required (level A2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment).

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
• recognise familiar medical terminology in different types of text;
• to provide either Russian explanation or Latvian translation of the terms;
• to read a text related to medicine, find and highlight key words, the main idea, the necessary information in the text;
• to name the parts of the body, the main organs and systems; describe deseases and their major symptoms;
• to describe patient condition, course of the illness;
• to recognise linguistic structures characteristic to scientific and popular science sources (noun formation, cases, agreement with adjectives; grammatical system of the verb in the active voice, the imperative; the subjunctive mood, participle and the infinitive, etc.).


After successful course complition students will be able to:
• use appropriate medical terminology to interact with patients/clients and colleagues;
• select medical terminology and make their own termininological glossary;
• speak about the hospital, departments, medical staff, patient care, basic investigations;
• find information related to anamnesis, complaints and character of pain, give advice, instructions and reassure the patient.


Students will be able to deliver information about themselves, their studies; to perceive and deliver the necessary information related to patient condition; to express own opinion and put forward arguments on general medical issues; to form questions and ask them to a patient.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2020, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry9Master’sLimited choiceSvetlana Muhejeva
Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine2Master’sLimited choiceLudmila Jermakoviča
Medicine4Master’sLimited choiceLudmila Jermakoviča
Dentistry9Master’sLimited choice