Medical French


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Content information

Starting level:
You have a good practical knowledge of French (level B2 of the European Framework). If you want to test your level, you can take the UCT self-test French. If your results is suitable for Practical French – Level 3 (PF3), then you can safely take the course ‘medical French’.

This course is aimed at non-native speaking doctors and other healthcare professionals who want to improve their English language proficiency, as needed on the job. The course focuses on mastering specific medical idioms and on improving the ability to communicate in English in a clinical setting, both with patients and colleagues.

The conversational situations used during these sessions concern the professional communication between healthcare provider/patient and among the healthcare providers themselves. In class and in the course materials we use a contrastive approach (Dutch - French). For this reason the course targets native speakers (or near native speakers) of Dutch. You build a broad and specifically medical vocabulary (anatomy, clinical pictures, verbs, etc.) by means of extensive vocabulary lists and vocabulary exercises as well as interactive speaking exercises which try to reflect your professional context as accurately as possible. You also learn specific grammatical items which are important in the above-mentioned settings and relationships (question/answer; instructions; wish and subjunctive; quantifiers and comparisons; connectors; time and place indications; specific verb structures, etc.)

Placement test: No

Final test: Yes

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: FMED

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: M

Useful info

Course book:
Weylandt, E., Noë, N. (2019): Au secours! Mon patient parle français, Gent : Academia Press. ISBN: 978 94 014 6135 1

If you buy this book at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student.


Number of tuition hours: 20 + 2 (FT)


  • 1st sem
  • 2nd sem
  • summer

Nr. of hours per week:

1st and 2nd sem.:

  • 10 x 2
  • + 1 x 2 (FT)


  • 8 x 2,5
  • + 1 x 2 (FT)

Course book available at: Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent

For who?:

  • Students of Med. and Health sciences
  • (para-)medicals