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English (3 cr)

Code: SH00BX63-3004

General information


01.05.2021 - 12.09.2021


30.08.2021 - 31.12.2021


3 op

Teaching languages

  • Finnish

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing


  • Suzana Zegrea

Student groups

  • SH21K


The student knows how to introduce himself / herself and describe his/ her education in English. The student learns to use nursing vocabulary to describe health and illness and to interview and present a patient's life situation and condition.The student is able to describe the Finnish social and health care system, and to explain the routines of a hospital/health centre. The student learns to counsel and instruct patients in a variety of common nursing situations. He/she uses different strategies in spoken interaction and adjust his/her language according to the other speaker's needs. The student knows how to use different reading strategies and learns to read various types of texts in English.


Nursing vocabulary. Reading different types of texts. Writing skills and practising typical nurse-patient interaction. Health promotion, common diseases, the Finnish health and social care system and patient encounters in different nursing tasks.

Evaluation scale


Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student manages in routine oral and written communication situations in multi-professional work communities (e.g. e-mail, filling out forms, CV, presenting the workplace). The student is able to give simple instructions to individual clients/groups orally and in writing. He/she knows how to ask for and document clients'/patients' essential information, so as to secure correct care or follow-up. The student understands texts related to his/her own duties in the health and social field. He/she makes mistakes in grammatical structures, which complicate communication and may cause misunderstanding and require reformulation. The student knows basic vocabulary for health and social welfare so that he/she gives the necessary information to the listener or reader. His/her pronunciation is understandable, but sometimes inaccurate in special terminology. The student can find information in texts that deal with familiar topics and relies on common means to support communication.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student is able to communicate in a multi-professional work community both orally and in writing (e.g. telephone conversations, consultation, oral and written reports, oral presentations). The student knows how to give and explain individual client/patient instructions, explain common procedures and examinations, report on patients'/clients' current health/life situations and ask for additional information. The student enters the information onto documents to ensure correct care or follow-up, and reply to clients'/patients' questions. The student mostly uses correct grammatical structures and is able of autocorrection in case of misunderstanding. He/she knows the central vocabulary for health and welfare services well and is rather familiar with special terminology in his/her own field. The student seeks to adapt the communication style to the situation at hand, and pronunciation is rather natural and clear. The student knows how to scan professional texts to find the main points. The student uses various means to support communication.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student communicates accurately and appropriately both orally and in writing, even in demanding interactive situations in multi-professional and multi-cultural work environments (meetings, care negotiations, feedback discussion). The student can fluidly and extensively present alternative solutions in counselling situations, taking into consideration clients' cultural background. The student knows how to interview clients/patients in a professional manner, even in challenging, unexpected situations. The student can use a wide variety of grammatical structures almost flawlessly. His/her vocabulary, including special terminology, is extensive and pronunciation is clear and natural. The student can adapt hers/his communication style to the situation at hand. The student is able to scan texts rapidly to evaluate the reliability of the sources of information. The student effectively uses various means to support communication.

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

The student does not achieve the learning outcomes as defined above.


No prerequisites