Course code Valo1030

Credit points 2

Professional English

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation11.04.2011

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developer

author Valodu centrs

Ina Gode

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional English language with the express purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving the students` communication skills with foreign students and specialists (including work placement abroad, participation in guest lectures, etc.). The study course envisages the mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening, writing focusing on the terminology of veterinary medicine.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Kumulējošais vērtējums ieskaitē veidojas no atsevišķiem vērtējumiem kontroldarbos, nodarbībās un semestra individuālā darba vērtējuma.
Students sekmīgu atzīmi par kontroldarbu var iegūt, ja vismaz 70% atbilžu ir pareizas. Mājas darbiem jābūt ieskaitītiem.

Course Content(Calendar)

1.Studies in LLU, studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Creating a glossary of terms for each theme.
2.Animal species. Skills of presentation.
3.Vertebrate animals. Animal structure.
4.Presentations of students: animal structure and functions.
5.Terminology of veterinary medicine – Latin and Greek origin prefixes, their meaning.
6.Terminology of veterinary medicine - Latin and Greek origin suffixes, their meaning.
7.Mid-term test: terms, reading, writing, listening.
8.Animal skeleton.
9.System of animal organs.
10.Microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses.
11.Animal diseases. Viral diseases. Symptoms.
12.Animal diseases. Diseases of bacterial origin. Symptoms.
13.Animal treatment. Communication with the animal owners.
14.Academic essay writing
15.Presentations made by students, lists of professional terms.
16.Presentations made by students, lists of professional terms.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Test (pass / fail).
It is made up of cumulative assessment.

Successfully written 1 test, the glossary of terms for each topic, timely completed home works, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, presentation on a selected topic, the glossary of terms). Tests and home works are with a positive evaluation. The number of the missed classes shall not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual work:
1. Reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 25 000 characters);
2. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (5-10 minutes) in front of the class;
3. Submitted glossary of terms (30 terms, 30 translations, 20 definitions).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The cumulative assessment (pass / fail) is composed of the grades in tests, home assignments, assessment during classes and a presentation of the individual work. The grade in tests is successful if at least 70% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1.Parčinska M. Veterinary Medical English. SIA Arbor Medical Korporācija. 2015. 198 lpp. ISBN 9789934146237
2.Wyatt R. Check Your English Vocabulary for Medicine. 3rd edition. A & C Black London, 2006. 51 lpp. ISBN-13: 978 0 7136 7590 0
3. Dictionary of Medical Terms. 4th edition. London: A & C Black, 2007. 479 lpp. eISBN-13: 978-1-4081-0209-1
4.Glendinning E., Howard R. Professional English in Use: Medicine, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 175 lpp. ISBN 0521682010
5.Engelking L.R. Textbook of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry.London: Academic Press Inc., 2015. 684 lpp. ISBN13: 9780123919090

Further reading

1.Glendinning E., Howard R. Professional English in Use: Medicine, Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press, 2007. 175 lpp. ISBN 0521682010
2.Wyatt R. Check your English Vocabulary for Medicine. 3rd edition. London, Great Britain: A&C Black, 2006. 58 lpp.ISBN 071367590X
3.Riley D. Test your Vocabulary for Medicine. Teddington, Great Britain: Peter Collin Publishing, 1995. 49 lpp. ISBN 0948549599

Periodicals and other sources

1. International Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine (IJVSM) Editor in Chief: I.B. Shaheed. ISSN: 2314-4599
2.Veterinary Medicine and Science Edited By: Professor Ed Hall. Online ISSN: 2053-1095
3.Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports Editor-in-Chief: Professor Young S. Lyoo. ISSN: 2230-2034


The study course is included in the mandatory part of the academic higher education study programme "Veterinary Medicine" of the Faculty of Veterinary medicine.