Authentic Diagnoses as a Tool for Teaching Medical Terminology


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Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

Description In the Czech Republic and other European countries, both native and foreign students of General Medicine and Dentistry are expected to use Latin and Greek medical terms correctly from the very first moments at the faculty. This knowledge is required not only in the classes of Anatomy, Pharmacology, Histology, etc., but also later in their professional careers, since diagnoses are still conventionally written in Latin. Therefore, authentic diagnoses represent an inextricable part of the curriculum. The paper presents methodological approaches applicable in the teaching process. The benefits of these are illustrated on specific examples exercising language skills on various levels. Moreover, such practical exercises contribute to a positive motivation of students, as they are always in contact with what they actually need in their practice. The desired outcome is to teach students how to use medical terminology with respect to the particular context, in contrast with mechanic memorising of formulas without any deeper understanding.

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