Mastering Medical English: Enhancing Language Skills for Healthcare Professionals

Welcome to “Mastering Medical English”! This webpage offers a diverse range of downloadable PDF exercises, listening materials, video exercises, and speaking activities to facilitate effective learning.

Why is it important to learn English in the medical sciences?

In today’s interconnected world, proficiency in English has become a vital asset for healthcare professionals. English serves as the lingua franca of the medical community, allowing effective communication among healthcare providers, researchers, and patients from diverse linguistic backgrounds. By acquiring English language skills specific to the medical sciences, students can improve their ability to:

1. Collaborate with Multicultural Teams: In medical settings, professionals often work alongside colleagues from different countries and cultures. Effective English communication fosters seamless teamwork, enabling efficient patient care, research collaboration, and the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

2. Enhance Patient Care: Accurate communication between healthcare professionals and patients is crucial for accurate diagnosis, treatment, and ensuring patient safety. Understanding medical terminology, conveying instructions clearly, and empathizing with patients’ concerns are vital elements of patient-centered care.

3. Access Cutting-Edge Research: The medical sciences are continuously evolving, and the latest advancements are often published in English. Proficiency in English empowers students to access scientific literature, stay updated with breakthroughs, and contribute to the global medical community.

4. Pursue Global Career Opportunities: English proficiency opens doors to a wide range of international job opportunities in the medical sciences. Whether it’s participating in medical conferences, working in multinational healthcare organizations, or pursuing advanced studies abroad, strong English skills provide a competitive edge in the global job market.

Our Resources:

To equip both teachers and students with the necessary tools for success, our webpage offers a rich array of resources:

1. Downloadable PDF Exercises: Access a variety of exercises designed to reinforce medical vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. These exercises can be easily printed and used for in-class or self-study sessions.

2. Listening Materials: Students listen to  medical terminology used in various contexts.

3. Video Exercises: Explore a collection of educational videos focusing on commonly used medical terminolgy. These videos not only enhance vocabulary acquisition but also provide valuable insights into the real-world application of English in medical contexts.

4. Speaking Activities: Encourage interactive learning with a range of speaking exercises that simulate common medical scenarios. Students can practice giving presentations, role-playing patient consultations, and engaging in group discussions to boost their oral communication skills.

By utilizing these comprehensive resources, ESL teachers can empower their students to confidently communicate and effectively apply English in the dynamic field of the medical sciences.

Remember, mastering medical English is not only about linguistic proficiency; it is also about delivering quality healthcare and making a positive impact on patients’ lives. Let us embark on this exciting journey of linguistic growth and professional development together!

1 Common verbs for medical treatment listening speaking worksheet (with  audio, video and answers)

The “Common Verbs for Health and Medical Treatment” worksheet is designed to improve English language learners’ vocabulary and understanding of medical and health-related terms. This interactive resource includes listening and matching exercises where learners pair vocabulary with corresponding pictures, and complete sentences using the given verbs. It also features an array of questions designed to elicit personal experiences related to health and medical issues, such as relieving a headache or consulting a medical professional. The worksheet includes vocabulary relating to different health scenarios and actions, such as prevention of infection, diagnosis of illness, admission to a hospital, adjusting medication, receiving a vaccine, monitoring vital signs, and experiencing stress-induced headaches. It covers a broad range of verbs and medical situations to facilitate a comprehensive learning experience.

Common verbs for medical treatments worksheet (PDF)

(see the video on YouTube)

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2 The experiment vocabulary introduction

The “Experiment Vocabulary” worksheet aims to enhance scientific vocabulary comprehension. The activity involves matching terms and expressions such as ‘adding’, ‘estimate’, ‘length and width’, ‘steady’, ‘tiny’, ‘measure’, ‘scales’, ‘lower’, ‘counting’, ‘ratio’, ‘less than 50 mls’ to corresponding images. Additionally, the worksheet offers multiple-choice questions that require students to choose the correct term corresponding to given options.

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3 The experiment: vocabulary classifying and listening

This exercise follows on from the one above, focusing on the same vocabulary.

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Describing Graphs Vocabulary, Listening and Speaking Exercises

Viruses and vaccines

7  Health Problems, Symptoms and Illnesses Vocabulary Exercises

3 Public Health and safety vocabulary exercises (PDF)

Health and Body Lessons Home

Body Parts Vocabulary Exercises

Public Health and Safety Lessons

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4 Describing graphs for medical science

The “Describing Graphs for Medical Science” worksheet helps learners expand their vocabulary pertaining to trends and changes typically described in medical and scientific graphs. It requires students to match certain words and phrases, like ‘peaked’, ‘decrease sharply’, ‘increase slightly’, and ‘fluctuate a lot’ with corresponding images. Furthermore, it presents a series of fill-in-the-blank multiple choice sentences that describe scenarios related to healthcare, such as changes in patient’s blood pressure, pharmaceutical stock prices, and medication effectiveness. Each scenario has multiple-choice options for the missing term. The worksheet aims to build students’ confidence in describing and interpreting graphically presented data in medical science contexts.

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5 Describing trends for medical science

Similar but more difficult than the exercise above, this activity again focuses on vocabulary for talking about trends in the medical sciences.

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6 Using phrasal verbs in the medical sciences

“Common Phrasal Verbs for Medical Science” is designed for English language learners who want to familiarize themselves with prevalent phrasal verbs used in a healthcare setting. The worksheet weaves a visual narrative, encouraging learners to match given phrasal verbs with corresponding imagery, aiding in the comprehension and retention of each phrase. It further includes a series of scenarios pertaining to different medical situations, where learners fill in the blanks with the appropriate phrasal verbs from multiple choices. The verbs addressed in this worksheet include ‘bring over,’ ‘take off,’ ‘pull up,’ ‘put up,’ ‘put in,’ ‘plug in,’ ‘tear out,’ ‘press down,’ ‘get on,’ ‘take out,’ ‘pull out,’ and ‘put away.’ From the context of a pharmacist posting new information, a patient removing their shirt for an X-ray, to storing a new shipment of medication, the activity delivers practical exposure to the use of these phrasal verbs in real-life healthcare communications.

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7 Logistics for medication and pharmaceuticals

Dive into the world of pharmaceutical logistics with our interactive PDF worksheet, “Logistics for medication and pharmaceuticals.” This resource serves to nurture English language skills while simultaneously introducing key concepts related to the healthcare sector. Initially, learners are invited to link visuals with healthcare and logistics-related terminologies such as “patient,” “medication,” and “shipment,” offering an immersive and contextual understanding of the language. The latter section encourages learners to complete sentences by inserting suitable words from a given list, stimulating comprehension of pharmaceutical procedures and interactions, from home delivery and order placement to negotiation with pharmaceutical companies. This novel approach to language learning blends linguistics and industry-specific knowledge, fostering a multifaceted language experience.

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8 Functions of the brain

This worksheet looks at the functions of the brain – fostering creativity, producing emotions, regulating appetite, and encoding memories. It encourages learners to examine their brain’s strengths and weaknesses and the effects of their habits on its functionality. It includes a matching task linking the brain’s functions to corresponding visuals and a fill-in-the-blank segment highlights functions such as language learning and neurotransmitter regulation.

(see the YouTube video)

(download PDF – harder)

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9 Expressing opinions about viruses and vaccines

Engaging students in thought-provoking discussions on viruses, vaccines, and the broader medical field, this English language learning PDF worksheet broadens learners’ vocabularies by prompting them to match words to corresponding statements (gap fill), including “immunity,” “clinical,” and “deadly.” Students are also encouraged to express their opinions on nine distinct statements about the role of vaccines, the nature of viruses, the economics of pharmaceuticals, and personal experiences with side effects.

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11  Venipuncture and health check vocabulary  exercises (with answers)

This worksheet focuses on vocabulary associated with venipuncture and routine health checks. It includes a pictorial matching task, aligning words and phrases like “dizzy”, “gauze”, and “withdraw the needle” with their corresponding images. The worksheet then challenges them with a multiple-choice section that tests their understanding of contextually used terms like “bandage”, “insert”, and “release”. In the final activity, learners write a sequential guide on the process of drawing blood, using relevant terms including “syringe”, “vein”, “tourniquet”, and more.

Venipuncture and health check vocabulary exercises  (PDF)


12  Scientific adjectives

The worksheet is designed to help English language learners build their vocabulary around scientific adjectives. It features an activity where learners match these adjectives (like “flammable”, “soluble”, “malleable” etc.) to corresponding pictures. Following this, learners are instructed to sort the adjectives into comparative categories. Finally, students are asked to compose five unique sentences using each adjective in comparative form, demonstrating their comprehension and ability to use the words in context. An example provided in the worksheet is: “Oil is more flammable than water.”

Scientific adjectives  (PDF)


13  Basic measuring vocabulary

“Basic measuring vocabulary”  includes vocabulary commonly used for talking about  amounts, sizes  and quantities in medical science situations such as in a laboratory.

Basic measuring vocabulary  (PDF)


14 Jobs and people in medicine

This is an elementary ESL exercise for practicing language useful for describing medical and health occupations. Students try to complete the sentences with their own ideas. There is some useful vocabulary at the bottom of the page.

Jobs for medicine (PDF)


This exercise  includes language  commonly used to talk about equipment and other aspects of a laboratory.

Laboratory related  vocabulary and expressions (PDF)


18 Basic vocabulary for medical tools worksheet

     This is an  elementary English  language  exercise  introducing medical tools vocabulary.  Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures.

 Medical tools (PDF)


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8 comparison/contrast templates and exercises

10 cause/effect writing activities

3 kinds of exercises for teaching transitions

6 memorable narrative essay writing practice exercises (PDF)

6 delightful descriptive paragraph and essay writing exercises  (PDF)

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