General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 5

Teaching staff: 

Mary Louise Walsh ------------

Teaching languages

  • English


Basic skills
  • CB2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that need to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of ​​study

Specific skills
  • CE16_Ability to describe the fundamentals of the primary level of health and the activities to be developed to provide comprehensive nursing care to the individual, family and community. Understand the role and activities and cooperative attitude that the professional must develop in a Primary Health Care team. Promote the participation of individuals, families and groups in their health-illness process. Identify and analyze the influence of internal and external factors on the level of health of individuals and groups. Apply the necessary methods and procedures in their field to identify the most relevant health problems in a community. Analyze statistical data related to population studies, identifying possible causes of problems and health. Educate, facilitate and support the health and well-being of members of the community whose lives are affected by health problems, risk, suffering, illness, disability or death.

General competencies
  • CG11_Establish effective communication with patients, family, social groups and peers and promote health education


Given the number of citizens of the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona - Maresme who use English as a language of communication and the possibilities of mobility of health professionals within the European Union, having a solid base of knowledge of the English language it is considered an important element of a nursing degree student's education. This highly communicative course works on the skills necessary for a nurse to communicate effectively in a health-related environment. Furthermore, given the amount of academic articles published in the English language within the health sciences area, the ability of undergraduate students to be able to read in English effectively has become imperative.

Learning outcomes

The main objective of this course is:

To enable students to develop their ability to communicate effectively in English and read academic and scientific articles in this language and be able to write a summary in English.

As such, the learning outcomes are as follows:

Be able to understand and express yourself in written and spoken English.

Be able to understand texts in English related to scientific evidence in the field of nursing.

Be able to design strategies to improve understanding. and communication with individuals and groups of different nationalities.

Be able to understand the language of health information systems

Working methodology

The methodology of the course will be of a very practical nature. Each session will include a variety of activities designed to develop the main language strategies. The main objective of this subject will be the active use of English in a dynamic environment.


Synopsis: The contents are highly functional and are linked to real situations through task-based learning. Understand and express themselves orally in English.


Acquire functional language related to the areas of nursing Work effectively in situations linked to the daily work of a health professional Improve comprehension techniques Acquire specialized vocabulary Design strategies to improve understanding and communication in English with people and groups of various nationalities

Learning activities


Activity ECTS Methodology
Plenary 2 Communicate with patients, clients and other medical and healthcare professionals in English. Simulated interactions with patients and clients, activities with group dynamics, cases, multimedia material and other authentic and specialized material.
Seminars 2

Communicate with patients and other health professionals in English

Self Employed 1 Preparation of material for plenary sessions and seminars. Follow-up activities on topics worked on in the seminars Evaluation system


Evaluation system

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

Assessment weighting
Continuous evaluation  60%

Final Exam

Two-part final exam: Part A: Listening Comprehension Consists of listening to a contextualized real situation. You must take notes and answer some questions. Part B: Reading comprehension A text from the health field is read. Some questions must be answered.



Evaluation activity in recovery period  weighting

Final assessment Two-part exam:

Part A: Listening comprehension It consists of listening to a real contextualized situation. Notes should be taken and some questions answered.

Part B: Reading comprehension A text from the health field is read. Some questions must be answered.