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A course for pre-work students who are studying for a career in medicine.

Medicine teaches pre-work students to communicate accurately and effectively in English, with patients and colleagues.

Medicine is ideal for pre-work students, studying at upper-intermediate to advanced level, who will need to use English in work situations. It is also suitable for doctors and other health professionals who plan to work in English-speaking countries.

Medicine develops the vocabulary, language, and skills that students need to read and understand medical texts, to be successful in medical exams, and to communicate effectively and accurately with patients and colleagues.

  • Student's Book
  • Teacher's Resource Book
  • Class Audio CD

Key features

  • Authentic and up-to date information in every course, written and checked by industry insiders
  • Clear and straightforward structure, with each unit containing a menu of learning outcomes, and an end-of-unit checklist with 'Can do' tick boxes
  • Teaches English in context, so students practise the language and skills they need for the job in real work situations
  • Real-world profiles from genuine professionals in the 'It's my job' section offer authentic and engaging insights into the industry
  • Extra facts, figures, quotations, and specialist terminology included in the top margin of unit pages
  • Additional activities and tests in the Teacher's Resource Book make the course suitable for mixed-ability classes
  • The Teacher's Resource Book provides specialist background to the industry for every unit, as well as industry tips to support non-expert teachers
  • Project work in the Student's Book, additional activities on the Student's Site, and a Key words list of essential vocabulary at the end of every unit provide extra opportunities for revision


Medicine is suitable for junior and trainee doctors, and advanced nurses, who need to communicate in English with patients and colleagues. The course presents students with English from a variety of medical fields, develops their communication skills, and provides background information in to key medical and care concepts.

Medicine teaches students specialist medical terminology for effective communication with colleagues. The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, the world's best-selling medical handbook, provides a backdrop to the course, and is referenced throughout.

The syllabus for Medicine is based on the communication skills for OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) which assesses students' clinical communication skills in context. The 'Patient Care' section teaches students how to convey instructions to patients and their relatives in a sympathetic and clear way, especially if dealing with sensitive matters.

'It's my job' sections offer students an insight into the lives of real people who work in medicine. The profiles are based on authentic interviews and sources, and teach students about the skills required for different medical environments.

The course supports teachers in the vocational teaching situation, providing them with specialist background information for the medical industry.

The 'Signs and Symptoms' section focuses on common diseases and conditions that are relevant to a specific unit. This provides students with the necessary vocabulary for describing common signs of illness. Listening and speaking skills are particularly emphasised and practised in Medicine 2, as these are essential for doctor-patient relations.

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Class Audio CD


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ISBN Title
978-0-19-402300-9 Oxford English for Careers: Medicine 1 Student's Book
978-0-19-402301-6 Oxford English for Careers: Medicine 1 Teacher's Resource Book
978-0-19-402303-0 Oxford English for Careers: Medicine 1 Class Audio CD
978-0-19-456956-9 Oxford English for Careers: Medicine 2 Student's Book
978-0-19-456958-3 Oxford English for Careers: Medicine 2 Class Audio CD