General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

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

Teaching languages

The subject does not require the student to pass any previous subjects. However, it is advisable to have reached level B2.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Basic skills
  • CB5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

  • CB1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of an area of ​​study that is based on general education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks. Also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of their field of study

Specific skills
  • CE6_Apply health care information and communication technologies and systems

  • 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.

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


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 of a nursing student’s training.

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

The main objective of this course is:

  • Allow participants to develop their ability to communicate in English, as well as read academic and scientific articles in that language.

Thus, the learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Understand and express themselves orally and in writing in English
  • Understand English texts related to nursing scientific evidence
  • Design strategies for improving comprehension and communication in English with people and groups of different nationalities
  • Understand the language of health information systems

Working methodology

The methodology of the course will be in itself a model of what you want to work on and of a very practical nature. Each session will include a variety of activities designed to develop the main language strategies. There will be classes with large groups and classes with small groups, in which teamwork will be promoted.



  • Comprehension of classes taught in English
  • Oral production in English (individual and group)
  • Techniques for understanding and acquiring specialized vocabulary
  • Understanding of texts related to nursing scientific evidence
  • Understanding of health information systems


Specific contents:

Academic Listening

  • Previewing Content
  • Orientation Listening
  • Using Lecture Outlines
  • Listening for Gist
  • Listening for Specific Meaning
  • Note taking
  • Summarizing Material
  • Presenting in Academia


Content-Based Listening

  • Talking to patients
  • Accidents and emergencies
  • Ethics
  • Medication
  • Alternative treatments

Academic Reading

  • Accessing Previous Knowledge
  • Meaning from Context
  • Understanding Main Ideas
  • Recognizing Similarity in Meaning
  • Understanding Reference Words
  • Understanding Details
  • Understanding Related Words
  • Reading for a Purpose
  • Inferring Meaning
  • Summarizing Information from a Text
  • Presenting Research
  • Critical analysis of research

Content-Based Reading

  • Alternative Treatments
  • Medication
  • prescription drugs
  • Ethics

Learning activities

AF1. Master class 3.05 26,25
AF5. Seminars 0 0
AF6. Group work 0 0
AF7.Individual work 0 0
AF9. Personal study 1,95 48,75

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 system Ponderación 

SE1. Exam

Final evaluation of two parts:
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 Read a text from the health field. Some questions need to be answered


SE2. Individual works 20%
SE3. Group work   10%
SE4. Classroom participation 10%
SE5. Seminars   10%
SE7. Practical test   10%


Evaluation activity in recovery period Ponderación
SE1. Exam 40%
Final evaluation Examination of recovery of two parts:
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 Read a text from the health field. Some questions need to be answered