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TITLE Medical Maltese Proficiency

LEVEL 12 - Non-Mod Pre-Tert, Found, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable


DESCRIPTION This course introduces students to conversational medical Maltese focusing on the areas of basic anatomical terminology, doctor/patient communication, understanding patients’ symptoms and interacting in a Maltese medical setting. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to extend their communication skills through case studies, role-play and following medical conversations.

Course Aims:

The aim of the course is to introduce students to basic Maltese grammar and vocabulary and to enable them to understand the language and communicate verbally in basic Maltese in the healthcare setting.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the course the student will be able to:
- Converse in Maltese in a medical setting, using basic healthcare vocabulary;
- Understand patients' general symptoms as expressed in Maltese.


By the end of the course the student will be able to acquire a fair command of elementary Maltese, be familiar with basic medical vocabulary, and be able to apply these skills in simple conversation with patients and medical colleagues.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Cachia, Robert. 2013. Medical Language Translator. Traduttur tal-Lingwaġġ Mediku. Malta Medical Students Association.
- Bonnici, Ruth, Miran Sapiano, Eliza Vella. 2014. An English-Maltese dictionary of medical and pharmaceutical terms. Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta.

In addition to the above, students will be assigned notes and readings which will be made available throughout the course.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination No 100%

LECTURER/S Paul Abdilla
Olivianne Farrugia
Michael Spagnol
Josef Trapani

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