Publication details

Authentic Diagnoses and Their Use in Basic Medical Terminology

Authors

ŠEVČÍKOVÁ Tereza GACHALLOVÁ Natália

Year of publication 2017
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

Citation
Description In the Czech Republic and other central 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. Its 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 and 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 use medical terminology with respect to the particular context, in contrast with a mechanic memorizing of formulas without any deeper understanding. The presentation shows some methodological approaches and their benefits in the teaching process, including the specific examples exercising language skills on various levels.