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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 2016, 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. The program is also open to practicing nurses who wish to polish their English and learn about Canadian nursing practices.

Upcoming session dates: Winter 2017

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. This year's topics are:
    • midwifery/ perinatal/ neonatal
    • pediatrics
    • geriatrics
  • 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 day trip to Ottawa or Quebec City

Program Structure and Features

  • 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)
  • Daily classes, meetings, and 'Practicum' (site visits/ observation sessions) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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, and other healthcare facilities interspersed throughout the week for observations and meetings with healthcare providers.
  • 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
  • The students will be accompanied by peers - other nursing students or practicing nurses - on all their visits and socio-cultural activities.

For more information:

Ms. Effie Dracopoulos
effie.dracopoulos [at]