Occupational Therapy

Professional English for Occupational Therapists 1

Integrated course, 1.50 ECTS


Course content

The students
• are made familiar with techniques and skills enabling them to adequately understand English technical and scientific texts.
• practise reading and dealing with different types of English technical texts and learn to summarise them conclusively in English using academic style.
• acquire the relevant terminology based on specific topics and can provide information about the tasks and scope of occupational therapy in English.
• can describe the human body and its functions in English.
• expand their receptive and productive skills in English both in written and oral communication for use in scientific, international and interdisciplinary contexts.

Learning outcomes

In this module, students acquire basic knowledge and methods for the efficient use of literature and sources in their field of specialisation for the purpose of obtaining and processing information in both German and English. The module combines content from the courses “Journal Club” and “Professional English for Occupational Therapists”.
The students are made familiar with English terminology for describing the fundamentals and tasks of occupational therapy and the human body and its functions.
Contribution to the acquisition of competences according to FH-MTD-AV Annex 5, 8 and 9: WK1, SKS3-5, SK7,

Cognitive level:
The students
• can define and explain the criteria for scientific principles and methodology.
• learn the significance of evidence based practice in occupational therapy.
• can identify, characterise and analyse different text types that are relevant for their professional field and daily practice and roughly assess their quality.

Psychomotor level:
The students
• practise doing literature searches in libraries and writing academic excerpts from German and English scientific texts.
• practise strategies of reading German and English scientific texts.
• can argue along scientific lines and provide correct citations.
• can write short academic texts (e.g. abstracts) (in German and English).

Affective level:
The students
• understand the significance of science in gaining knowledge.
• recognise the significance of scientific methodology for occupational therapy.
• realise the importance of accuracy and academic and ethical integrity for research results.
• experience themselves discussing scientific content.
• recognise the significance of the English language for science and practice in their field.
• grow more confident using their foreign language.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English B2

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment and written and/or oral module examination