The importance of the english language in medicine

Annotation. There are many reasons for people in the medical profession to learn English. First, because most of the modern scientific literature is published in English. During the translation process, some essential details of the article may be lost, so if a person is competent in English, he can avoid the difficulties associated with this. Moreover, a medical professional can publish an article in English himself, thereby presenting the results of his research to the international medical community.

Moreover, knowledge of English makes it possible for internships in English-speaking countries and international communication. Finally, language learning contributes to the development of memory, which is also necessary in the study of medical disciplines. In the modern world, when it became easier to travel abroad, knowledge of the English language becomes more and more necessary. According to statistics, English is the most commonly used foreign language. There are about 400 million native speakers of English and about 600-700 million people, using English in a strange way. Thus, more than a billion people can somehow explain in English.

Although Chinese is a native language for more people than English, grammar and writing are extremely difficult for those wishing to learn Chinese. Latin is not used in colloquial speech, therefore this language is not actively developing and not can fully meet the communication needs of modern healthcare workers. Since more, half of the world's scientific journals are written in English, English can be recognized as the language of world medicine.

Despite this, the level of knowledge of the English language in Russia is rather low. Among all segments of the population, including among health workers. Sometimes even English teachers in Russians schools and universities have gaps in knowledge of English and do not have developed communication skills. This is often leads to the fact that people studying English, cannot master the language at a good level and therefore feel insecure in themselves, fear of making a mistake in the process of learning English.

Unfortunately, most medical students are not prepared to study medicine English, because when studying in they did not master the basic grammar and vocabulary of the English language at school. The study specific medical vocabulary is also meaningless without basic knowledge tongue like trying to build a house without foundation. There are undoubtedly many reasons why English is necessary health workers. First, most modern medical articles are written in English, so knowledge of English allows you to get access to the latest scientific developments. As you know, in the process of translation, some details can be lost, so if a student or a doctor know a foreign language, they can use the original text, thus avoiding potential information loss.

In addition, proficiency in English enhances the ability of health care workers to collaborate internationally. If the doctor understands English, then he can explain his ideas and do your research with colleagues from other states, thus establishing international scientific contacts. The ability to speak English can provide more opportunities for employment, such as working with foreign patients or medical students. At the same time, the salary of a medical worker will be significantly higher. Doctors professionally proficient English, have more options in terms of employment, as they may undertake internships abroad or remain in an English-speaking country as a healthcare professional or scientist. How usually a doctor in English speaking countries can access the latest equipment and a better quality of life in the whole. Conducting research at a high level will describe the achieved results in medical journals recognized by the world community, and this will allow scientists to receive an international vocation.

It has also been proven that learning languages useful for training memory, which is a necessary skill not only in in terms of personal growth, but also for the study of medicine. The vast majority of respondents do not currently study languages on one's own. The exception is students of secondary vocational education (nursing), therefore that the English lessons, in which the work on the translation of texts and the study of medical terminology takes place, included in their curriculum. However, not counting these compulsory classes and homework, VET students do not learn foreign languages. The main reasons why students and healthcare workers do not learn English are overload with educational and office tasks, lack of time and lack of skill to effectively allocate available time, lack of money to pay tutors in a foreign language. People, who are learning the language on their own, have a higher level of language competence.

Although the requirements for university students are high, they can improve their English in your spare time, watching movies or reading books, and chatting with people via Skype or via other platforms in real time. Another problem is that people learning a new language often focus on passive (or perceptual) skills such as reading and listening, but many are oblivious active skills such as speaking and writing. This correlates with the results of the survey: 41% of respondents said that English is essential for reading articles, but only 8% accepted attention that they can write articles themselves and communicate with the world medical community. Most of the respondents expressed opinion that to improve language level they should focus on learning new words, reading, doing grammar exercises and review video. Only a few respondents stated that it is important to practice speaking in English language. To this end, you can find an English-speaking partner for practice on Skype, attend conversational clubs or move to English-speaking country.

In real life, it does not always follow strive to master a foreign language at a high level. For example, for successful work in medical laboratories with rare communication with people, the study of spoken English is not will be especially helpful. Summing up, it must be said that the situation with the study of English in Russia is not without difficulties, as there is insufficient motivation among the population for self-study of languages. A significant obstacle is also the lack of professional English teachers in Russia, especially at the school level. However, the exchange information and the introduction of a communicative approach to the study of foreign languages are potentially good incentives to improve the situation.

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Year: 2021
City: Shymkent
Category: Medicine