INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS DE LA HABANA
FACULTAD DE MEDICINA MANUEL FAJARDO
DEPARTAMENTO DE INGLES

This paper is part of a two-year research work the department of English is now developing. It is aimed at providing some aspects of a very necessary EFL competence: the sociocultural competence.

False cognate words!! Customs and traditions? Attitude!
The problems most students face with the words actual, assistance, exit, or the wrong use of to after modal verbs, are some of the elements to be discussed in our Language Day chat.

The Manuel Fajardo School of Medicine English staff realized that this competence has not been taught or developed as it should have been in Cuba. Besides, there is little bibliography or courses to let teachers and students learn the steps and methodology to learn about the cross-cultural awareness.

Our department suggests that this sociocultural competence should be taught to medical and nursing students from the very first day when they start they English lessons.. This will help them to be better communicators when they graduate. As many of the medical and nursing students in Cuba have some foreign students as peers in their schools of medicine and they interact, share some time together during breaks or in their seminars in class, the command of this competence will undoubtedly help them. Therefore, this is a good chance to be culturally aware and understand people better.

Our English staff will provide you with the necessary and basic tools to develop an adequate cross-cultural communication and in the future be ready to provide a cross-cultural caring.


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Última actualización: 16 de Mayo del 2002
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