The online course "Deutsch für ausländische Ärztinnen und Ärzte" is aimed at medical students or doctors who wish to practise in Germany. It is a course offer coordinated by the IIK Institut für Interkulturelle Kommunikation e.V. within the framework of the LEONARDO ITP -Programme.
An advanced language level of at least B1+ is indispensable for successful work with the course. A deeper knowledge of German grammar is requested and is therefore not the main focus of the course, which is rather focussed on the acquisition of specific knowledge related to the everyday professional life of a doctor. The following topics, divided into 10 modules, are covered: 1. hospital (including organisational charts, departments, wards and areas), 2. anamnesis, 3. examination, 4. treatment, 5. communication with patients (including bad news), 6. medication (e.g. dosage forms, package inserts), 7. medical documentation (e.g. documentation of a medical history), 8. telephone conversations, 9. listening and reading comprehension (e.g. conversation between a family member and doctor), 10. speaking and writing (e.g. acting out a medical history conversation). With the exception of modules 9 and 10, all modules are programmed exercises that can be completed in self-study. The last two modules should ideally be worked through in a test centre (in group work), but can certainly also be worked through as an exercise on one's own.
The course convices through the use of texts and situations close to reality that cover all relevant areas of a doctors‘ professional activity.
The base of each exercise unit are written or spoken texts or visual material, that the course participant is supposed to internalise as well as possible. The student then has the opportunity to test the newly acquired knowledge in the form of a quiz. The acquisition of both technical and linguistic knowledge go hand in hand.
The modules can be worked on independently of each other, the student chooses the sequence freely.
All core competences of language acquisition (listening comprehension, writing, speaking and reading comprehension) are covered by the course offer. Students can choose from a wide range of authentic and professional audio and video material (e.g. patient information, anamnesis, physical examination, etc.).
Within the course, a wealth of additional material is provided. Links can be found under "further documentation". In addition to the course itself, a wealth of supplementary material in the form of podcasts, self-tests, blogs etc. can be accessed on the project's webpage.