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Academic Medical English for Pathway/Foundation Programmes 

Project Number: KD01ISX 


The Invention

Foundation courses at universities across the world currently develop their own materials to prepare students looking to follow a degree in Medicine, Dentistry or Allied Health. This series of books allows Medical English to be taught first and foremost from the perspective of academic medicine while also reinforcing listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, grammar and structure.  

The course books are divided into three Volumes, namely Writing, Reading and Listening. The set of books provides material to cover a year-long course run over two semesters of 12 weeks each, allowing for a week of revision prior to the examinations (150 hours of classes).



Current teaching tools most commonly used today for health professionals focus primarily on English language while embedding health care terminology as a second priority. This teaching strategy, of lessons replete with medical terminology and simple dialogues, fail to meet the needs of the Medical and Allied Health students whose needs are quite different to those of practicing doctors. The curriculum framework developed in the book series is designed to meet the needs of a tertiary level educational institution, while focusing on the academic reading, writing, listening and speaking English skills required of a future degree student.


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The books can be used to teach English as a foreign language to Medical, Dental and Allied Health students while in their foundation year. These students have not yet started their degree when following the foundation year course and therefore have limited knowledge of medicine.

Development Status

The 1st edition of the set of books was created in 2011. The course books are currently in the 6th Edition.  

The course books titled “Academic Medical English: Writing” and “Academic Medical English: Reading” are available for order, both locally and outside of Malta. If interested, contact us on for further information. 

An extract of the Course book can be downloaded from here.

An extract of the Work book can be downloaded from here.

The course book and work books titled “Academic Medical English: Listening” will be available for order in Autumn 2020.  The team is also working on foundation year book sets in other academic areas, namely Humanities, Science, and Business Studies.


Intellectual Property Status

The textbook is protected through copyright.  In Malta the Copyright Act applies.

Commercial Interest

We are looking for Universities and other research institutions offering foundation courses for Medical and Allied Health students, outside Malta who may be interested in incorporating the books into their teaching practices.

Lead Originator

Prof. Isabel Stabile

Mr. Omar N’Shea

Mr. Edward Wilkinson

Interested? Contact Nicola Camilleri or the Knowledge Transfer Office.

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Last Updated: 1 October 2019

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