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Understanding and Using Medical Terms: Studying and practicing Academic Vocabulary, Intermediate Level, 2nd Edition


Teaching and using medical terminology at the intermediate level.

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Welcome to the second edition to Understanding and Using Medical Terms, Intermediate Level! This new edition is the product of extensive revision and evaluation, not only by myself and my students, but by the many instructors who, along with their students, have used the previous edition and have contributed valuable suggestions and comments. The success of the previous edition has been due, in large measure, to the honest and careful appraisal given by language instructors and their students.

            This book is designed for university students and medical professionals who are studying English as a Foreign language (EFL) at an intermediate level. It provides a solid foundation in medical and scientific English that enables them to understand and communicate in medical and scientific situations. It is meant to meet the need for teaching medical vocabulary to non-native speakers of English.

            The vocabulary items in this book are commonly used in the medical and paramedical field. The material is arranged into nineteen units, and each unit is divided into manageable sections. These are presented to the student in a regular, controlled fashion. Target words and their derivations are contextualized to illustrate their meanings, and are systematically introduced  so that vocabulary development can lead to enhanced language acquisition. Word-formation boxes are provided to emphasize the importance of having sound knowledge of the meanings and significance of affixes – prefixes, suffixes, and infixes, an invaluable tool in helping students guess the meanings of the many unknown words they will inevitably encounter in their textbooks and at work. Explanations, varied exercises, and illustrations are provided to aid, motivate, and test students’ learning. Short reading passages illustrating the use of  some of the vocabulary items from each section are also provided along with appropriate exercises.

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