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Medical English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for Nurses

A two-week intensive program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada

Medical English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for Nurses is intended for aspiring nurses who wish to develop the language and intercultural communication skills necessary when dealing with patients and their families in English. Medical EFL for Nurses, offered in March 2014, is an advanced-level program aimed at 3rd – 4th year (and, exceptionally, 2nd year) undergraduate nursing students who are not native English speakers, but who may need to work in English at some point in their careers.

Upcoming session dates: March 12, 2014 – March 26, 2014

The program entails three modules:

  • Module 1: English for Specific Purposes (Medical EFL)
  • Module 2: Seminars and/or workshops conducted in English in nursing-related topics of interest such as acute care nursing (ER/ICU), maternal infant nursing and midwifery, and elderly care
  • Module 3: A Practicum (observations of Canadian nurses at work in hospitals, clinics, agencies, etc.)


Program fees: $3,150 CAD. Fees include ALL expenses:

  • Airport shuttle (pick up and drop off)
  • Accommodations and three meals per day at a home stay with a Canadian family (the student may choose the option of an apartment if he/she prefers- the fee for this option will be determined at a later date)
  • All extracurricular and sociocultural activities
  • An out-of-town excursion to Toronto and Niagara Falls

Program Structure and Features

  • Daily classes, meetings, practicum/work sessions from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Main instruction with a McGill faculty member specializing in ESL instruction for specific purposes
  • Specialized seminars and workshops for the nursing profession with McGill Nursing faculty and/or post-graduate students
  • Practicum sessions at local hospitals, clinics, etc. interspersed throughout the week for observations and hands-on applications. The students will be accompanied and assisted by McGill facilitators.
  • Relevant sociocultural activities aligned with program objectives (ex. visits to local healthcare organizations as well as places of cultural interest, etc.)
  • A dynamic, active, and experiential learning approach to instruction and learning
  • Interaction with McGill nursing students and faculty
  • Training to be delivered in a blended learning format (ex. partly online, partly on campus at McGill, and partly at a local hospital, clinic or health agency)

For more information:

Ms. Effie Dracopoulos
effie [dot] dracopoulos [at] mcgill [dot] ca