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  1. redtibet

    Is there such a thing as Professional Language?

    Hi Everyone,

    I heard that in order to communicate to patients in an appropriate and professional way, medical students take a language class, where they are given an approved list of words and sentences to say to patients.

    I was just wondering, it might just as well help ESL people to get a sense of a formal English as opposed to everyday English which is easier to pick up. Does anyone know what the language component is called and how I can find it online? Thanks.


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    Re: Is there such a thing as Professional Language?

    There is a professional code of conduct which guides medical staff. There is also a problem sometimes when medical staff are communicating with patients that they may use clinical, academic or scientific phrases. Whilst these are readily understood by their peers and colleagues they may only serve to confuse, and perhaps cause anxiety in the lay person. It seems a sensible idea to remind medical staff to be clear in what they are saying and use commonly understood language. Things like 'you are short-sighted' instead of 'you have myopia'.

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    Re: Is there such a thing as Professional Language?

    Hi there

    What you're looking for might be found under the heading of Business English. How "formal" do you want this English to be that you're looking for? I take it from your statement that you are NOT looking for medical English, is that correct?

    If you're looking for special words used in regard to conversing with authorities I would recommend a kind of office-use English such as secretaries have to use, which then means that a secretaries book might be the right thing for you to get.

    Hope this helps even if it comes quite a long time after you've asked for help. But I only just joined the forum

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    Re: Is there such a thing as Professional Language?

    Welcome to the forum, Hamlet!

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