Course Information

CAES9722 Academic English for Biomedical Sciences Students

Coordinator: Laura WAKELAND


This six credit English-in-the-Discipline course will be offered to second year students studying Biomedical Sciences. It will help students develop the necessary skills to use both written and spoken English within their studies. Students will learn to better communicate and discuss scientific concepts, with other scientists as well as to a larger audience. In the writing component, students will describe recent scientific research in language which is readable outside their subject area in the form of a popular science article. In the speaking component, students will discuss scientific concepts with other students and select and present information from their popular science article to a non-specialist audience in a poster presentation. They will also learn essential word parts in medical terminology, and apply word knowledge and strategies for learning new terms and their pronunciation. Topics covered in the course will be: • Compiling an academic bibliography; • Contrasting academic and popular genres; • Writing a popular science article; repackaging specialist scientific knowledge for a non-specialist audience; • Organizing and delivering an interactive poster presentation which is informative and engaging to a non-specialist audience; and • Medical Terminology.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify, critically analyze, and summarize disciplinary sources related to a specified topic
  • Apply disciplinary/ specialist knowledge in writing for a non-specialist audience
  • Presenting scientific information interactively to a non-specialist audience through a poster presentation using graphics effectively and responding to questions naturally and appropriately
  • Recognize medical word elements; analyze, build and define medical terms


  • Working on interactive medical terminology tasks with emphasis on word analysis, word formation, terms used in context and pronunciation strategies (etymology).)
  • Working collaboratively with a partner to research a recent development in Biomedical Science using academic sources)
  • Repackaging specialist scientific knowledge for the non-specialist audience)
  • Learning genre features of popular science writing which are used to engage the audience)
  • Working on presenting scientific knowledge orally in an informative and engaging manner to a non-specialist audience.)

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

  • Other genres of writing (45%)
  • Tests (30%)
  • Oral Presentations (25%)