General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Mary Louise Walsh ------------
Robert Howorth Smith 

Teaching languages

  • English


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is at a level that, if supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspect that involves knowledge from the forefront of their field of study


  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E3_Know and understand the methods, procedures and physiotherapeutic actions, aimed both at the actual therapy to be applied in the clinic for re-education or functional recovery, as well as carrying out activities aimed at promoting and maintaining health


  • E11_Provide effective physiotherapy care, providing comprehensive care to patients


  • E14_Incorporate the ethical and legal principles of the profession into professional practice, as well as integrate social and community aspects into decision-making


  • E15_Participate in the development of physiotherapy care protocols based on scientific evidence, encouraging professional activities that stimulate research in physiotherapy


  • E17_Understand the importance of updating the knowledge, skills and abilities and attitudes that make up the professional competencies of the physiotherapist


  • E19_Know how to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing, with users of the healthcare system, as well as with other professionals


Transversal competences
  • T1_Acquire the ability to communicate in a foreign language and work in an international context



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, have a solid knowledge base of English it is considered an important element in the training of a student of physiotherapy and physical activity and sports sciences.

This highly communicative course works on the skills needed for a health professional to communicate effectively in a health-related environment.

In addition, given the number of academic articles published in English within the area of ​​health sciences, the ability of undergraduate students to be able to read in English effectively has become essential.

Learning outcomes

LO 44: Acquire and master the English language applied to the health and physical activity sciences.

LO 49: Incorporate English as a language for learning and disseminating scientific knowledge. Use in interprofessional communication.

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.



AF1 Theoretical Class


AF6 Study and Group Work


AF5 Tutorial 


AF7 Study and Individual Work






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 fields of physiotherapy and the sciences of physical activity and sport
  • Work effectively in situations related to the daily work of a health professional
  • Improve comprehension techniques
  • Acquire specialized vocabulary
  • Design strategies for improving comprehension and communication in English with people and groups of different nationalities




Contents, Skills and Functions

Content-Based Listening (talks, conferences ..)

Orientation listening

Listening for gist

Listening for specific meaning

Content-Based Reading (academic articles, reports, case studies ..)

Meaning from context

Understanding main ideas

Understanding details

The Human Body




Functions of the body

Posture and movement

Pain and Symptoms

Describing pain

Describing symptoms

Making a diagnosis


Muscular injuries

Good injuries

Discussing treatment


Health, Exercise & Nutrition




Learning activities


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.


 Preparation of material for plenary sessions and seminars. Follow-up activities on topics worked on in the seminars

  • MD1. Expository method or master class: to transmit knowledge and to activate the cognitive processes of the student by means of a unidirectional learning
  • MD2. Case study: acquiring learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases
  • MD3. Solving exercises and problems: exercising, rehearsing and putting into practice previous knowledge
  • MD4. Problem-based learning (PBL): developing active knowledge through problem solving
  • MD5. Project-oriented learning: carrying out a project to solve a problem, applying skills and knowledge acquired
  • MD6. Cooperative learning: fostering active and meaningful knowledge in a cooperative way

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.


Evaluation activity


Skills assessed
SE1.Electronic portfolio

Continuous evaluation

Classroom and virtual activities 

2 individual written assignments 

30%  CB1, CB5, CT1, CT3, 
SE2. Oral presentation


Continuous evaluation


2 Oral presentations in group:

1.How to keep a patient history

2. An issue to be agreed with the teacher

Each with a weighting of 10%


CB1, CB5, CT1, CT2. CT3. LO7
SE3. Exam   40%  
SE4. Self evaluation   5%  
SE5.Equal evaluation (2P2) or co-evaluation   5%  





Evaluation activity in recovery period


Skills assessed
SE3. Exam

 Final evaluation


Two-part exam:

Part A: Listening comprehension

It consists of a hearing of 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 need to be answered.



CB1, CB5, T1, T3 CE15, CE17, E19

The grades obtained in the continuous assessment will be kept as part of the final grade of the subject, both passed and not passed, in order to preserve the criteria of continuous assessment.




Compulsory bibliography

Dossier of teaching material prepared by teachers