Institute of Foreign Languages

The IFL provides teaching Latin Medical Terminology in the first academic year in the field of General Medicine and in the first and third academic year of Dentistry (including a study programme taught in English), and interdisciplinary study (Biomedicine) and is focused on acquiring the grammatical rules and principles of lexicology needed for the study of medicine and for clinical practice.  

Teaching of foreign languages (English, German) is provided in the third academic year in the field of General Medicine and the second year in the field of Dentistry and is focused on improving professional medical performance both in written and oral forms.
Teachers of foreign languages conduct professional seminars for PhD. study. Teaching staff of the IFL is involved in selection of students who are interested in study stays and internships abroad by testing their skills in a foreign language (English, German).

The Institute constantly develops contacts with domestic and foreign partners and institutions (particularly in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria) within Staff Mobility for Teaching.

Teachers are involved in writing professional articles, in producing teaching materials and textbooks focused on specific foreign-language preparation of medical students and provide professional consultations in the field of specific foreign-language communication and technical terminology. They actively participate in domestic and foreign conferences with presenting the results of their scientific activities. 

HISTORY OF IFL

The origin of the Institute of Foreign Languages dates back to 1953. In that year the general university Department of Foreign Languages was established. Ten years later this centralized institution was transformed into autonomous departments of languages, where the departments of languages at both the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy Comenius University existed under the joint management until 1981. After seven years of coexistence within rectorate grouping of foreign languages there occurred a re-split into separate departments. The year 1991 was the turning point when a department of languages was established at the Faculty of Medicine Comenius University and it has been in operation under the name of the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) until now. 

LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES

I. Slovak students: Doctor’s study programmes – General Medicine, Dentistry


1. Latin medical terminology courses:

  • students of the Faculty of Medicine CU, exam in the summer semester (SS) of Year 1 for GM; evaluation credit test (EC) in the winter semester (WS) of Year 1 and EC in the SS of Year 3 for dentistry students 
  • students of interdisciplinary study programmes – biomedical physics (Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics CU, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport CU), exam in the WS of Year 1

2. Foreign language course for specific purposes (English) focused on the prospective study and professional needs; GM - EC in the WS of Year 2, exam in the SS of Year 2; dentistry students: EC in the WS of Year 2.

3. German language for GM students, Year 4 or 5 – as compulsory elective courses: in WS – EC, in SS - EC.

 

II. International students studying in English study programme – General Medicine

1. Latin medical terminology courses – GM students: exam in the WS of Year 2; dentistry students: EC in the WS of Year 1 and in the SS of Year 3. 

2. Courses of Slovak language as a foreign language – the first four terms, exam after the fourth term.

 

III. PhD. study programme

Language instruction for specific purposes for PhD. students of FM CU lasting 1 or 2 terms or in the form of individual consultations; English language course (compulsory course) and German language course (elective course). The final examination of PhD. students is conducted by a committee.

RESEARCH

Research projects and publications of the Institute of Foreign Languages FM CU staff focus on the following areas:

  • Terminological research of present-day and historical medical terminology.
  • Lexicological analysis of antique medical documentation.
  • Methodological approaches of teaching English and German languages as a means of professional communication.
  • Research into aspects of teaching Slovak language as a foreign language.

Research studies, which are the outcomes of our research projects, are being published in various Slovak and international journals.

CONDUCTING LECTURES AND DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES

The teaching staff of IFL participate in study visits and research fellowships at partner universities; they reciprocally invite colleagues from these partner workplaces to IFL. Concurrently, they actively participate in scientific conferences and professional workshops. These activities are aimed to gain new knowledge and experience, to establish contacts for possible further cooperation, as well as their implementation into pedagogical activities and scientific research.

 

Activities in 2021

Ing. Janka Babelová, PhD.

  • participation in the international online workshop Distance Education and its challenges. Specifics of teaching medical terminology in Latin, English, Czech and Slovak organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in cooperation with the Department of Languages ​​Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University from 25 - 26 Feb 2021

 

PhDr. Tomáš Hamar, PhD.

  • participation in the international online workshop Distance Education and its challenges. Specifics of   teaching medical terminology in Latin, English, Czech and Slovak organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in cooperation with the Department of Languages Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University from 25 - 26 Feb 2021

 

Mgr. Stanislav Kováč, PhD.

  • participation in the international online workshop Distance Education and its challenges. Specifics of teaching medical terminology in Latin, English, Czech and Slovak organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in cooperation with the Department of Languages ​​Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University from 25 - 26 Feb 2021

 

Mgr. Mária Šibalová, PhD.

  • active participation in the international online workshop Distance Education and its challenges. Specifics of teaching medical terminology in Latin, English, Czech and Slovak organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in cooperation with the Department of Languages ​​Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University from 25 - 26 Feb 2021

Paper presented: E-learning as a part of teaching Latin medical terminology

 

Ing. Mgr. Erika Jurišová, PhD.

  • active participation in the international online workshop Distance Education and its challenges. Specifics of teaching medical terminology in Latin, English, Czech and Slovak organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in cooperation with the Department of Languages, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University from 25 - 26 Feb 2021 

Paper presented: Online teaching in Moodle at the Institute of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University

 

Mgr. Oľga Vaneková, PhD. 

  • participation in the international online workshop Distance Education and its challenges. Specifics of teaching medical terminology in Latin, English, Czech and Slovak organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in cooperation with the Department of Languages, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University from 25 - 26 Feb 2021

 

Activities in 2020

PhDr. Tomáš Hamar, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Teaching the first (L2) and second (L3) foreign language from the point of view of applied linguistics. Cooperation - contrasts - analogies – interdisciplinarity organised by the Institute of Foreign Languages, TU in Zvolen on 15 Oct 2020 

Paper presented: Specifics of teaching Latin medical terminology in English as a second language

 

Mgr. Ľubomír Holík 

  • active participation in the conference 6th International Conference of PhD Students in Philological Studies organised by the Institute of Philological Studies, Faculty of Education, Comenius University in Bratislava on 22 May 2020

Paper presented: Narrator in the Sofia-Pleven travelogue by Svetozár Hurban Vajanský

 

Mgr. Stanislav Kováč, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Teaching the first (L2) and second (L3) foreign language from the point of view of applied linguistics. Cooperation - contrasts - analogies - interdisciplinarity organised by the Institute of Foreign Languages, TU in Zvolen on 15 Oct 2020

Paper presented: Development of reading methods and their effectiveness in teaching reading to dyslexic students with a focus on reading in English

 

Mgr. Jaroslava Šaková, PhD.

  • active participation in the workshop on the project Art - Gesture - Argument organised by the Institute of Czech Literature of the ASCR on 13 Nov 2020.

Paper presented: The surrealist edition of Alligator as an avant-garde gesture

 

Mgr. Angela Škovierová, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Sermons and Speeches II. organised by the Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Czech Literature of the ASCR from 30 Nov - 1 Dec 2020

Paper presented: Matej Plorantin's Sermon on Blazing Fire (1613)

 

Mgr. Mária Šibalová, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Sermons and Speeches II. organised by the Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Czech Literature of the ASCR from 30 Nov - 1 Dec 2020

Presented paper: The sermonic work of Leonard Stoeckel in the context of the crisis events of the 16th century

 

Mgr. Linda Vasiľová

  • active participation in the conference Teaching the first (L2) and second (L3) foreign language from the point of view of applied linguistics. Cooperation - contrasts - analogies - interdisciplinarity organised by the Institute of Foreign Languages, TU in Zvolen on 15 Oct 2020 

Paper presented: Specifics of teaching Latin medical terminology in English as a second language

  

 Activities in 2019

PhDr. Tomáš Hamar, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Morality in the Context of Centuries organised by the Institute of Romance Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Presov from 27 - 29 March 2019  

Presented paper: Moral and Ethical Regulations of Executors of Medical Occupations in the Works of Ján Justus Torkoš

  • active participation in the Conference on the History of Pharmacy during 10th meeting of the Slovak Pharmaceutical Society dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Comenius University in Bratislava on 5 Sept 2019 

Presented paper: Botanic Nomenclature in the Work Taxa Pharmaceutica Posoniensis by Ján Justus Torkoš

  • active participation in the conference LXVII Symposium on the History of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine organised by the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno on 6 Nov 2019

Presented paper: Liquor polychrestus in the Works of Ján Justus Torkoš

  • teaching MOBILITY via programme ERASMUS+; date of the mobility: from 11 - 15 Nov 2019. Receiving institution: Department of Languages – Third FM - Charles University

 

Mgr. Radoslav Ďurajka, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Czech and Slovak as Foreign Languages at FM organised by Language Centre MU in Brno on 5 Feb 2019

Presented paper: Slovak for Medical Students

  • active participation in the conference International Symposium: One Way – Three Languages, organised by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague from 26 – 27 Apr. 2019 

Presented paper: Slovak Language at HUFS (or Memories of Korea on the 15th Anniversary of Teaching Slovak)

  • active participation in the seminar Challenges 2019: Contemporary Challenges in Language Teaching: How to proceed? organised by the Faculty of Education, Trnava University in Trnava on 26 Sept 2019

 

Mgr. Milota Haláková

  • active participation in the international conference Czech and Slovak as Foreign Languages at FM organised by Masaryk University in Brno from 5 – 6 Feb 2019

Presented paperDevelopment of Relevant Lexical Competence in Medical Students at the Lessons of Slovak Language

  • active participation in the conference Current Situation and Perspectives of Didactics SLL organised by the Faculty of Arts, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra in cooperation with the National Institute for Education in Bratislava on 18 June 2019

Presented paper: The Concept of the New Conversational Coursebook of Slovak for Foreigners

 

Mgr. Ľubomír Holík

  • active participation in the conference 5th International Conference of PhD Students in Philological Studies organised by the Institute of Philological Studies Faculty of Education, Comenius University in Bratislava on 10 May 2019

Presented paper: Teaching Slovak as a Foreign Language in Practice

  • active participation in the 15th Students´ Literary Theory and Artistic Conference organised by Faculty of Arts, University of Presov in Presov on 5 Apr 2019

Presented paper: Vansová´s Narrator in the Travelogue Mrs Georgiadesová on her Travels

  • active participation in the Students´ Literary Theory Conference organised by the Institute of Czech Literature of the CAS and Department of Czech Literature and Librarianship, Masaryk University Faculty of Arts in Brno on 25 Apr 2019 

Presented paper: Idyllic Elements in the Travelogue "Impressions from France" by Martin Kukučín

  

PhDr. Valéria Jamrichová

  • participation in the international conference Czech and Slovak as Foreign Languages at FM organised by Masaryk University in Brno from 5 – 6 Feb 2019
  • participation in the workshop „Exam skills - reading / writing with Tom Rowley" organised by Cambridge University Press, International House Bratislava and distribution Oxico on 16 Jan 2020

 

Mgr. Angela Škovierová, PhD.

  • active participation in the conference Ruditatis antidotum Eruditio est organised by the Slovak National Library in Martin from 22 - 24 May 2019

Presented paper: Martin Monkovicenus (1593 – 1624?) and his Speech Ultimum vale, sive oratio habita Trinchini... in the Light of Slovak-Czech Academic Peregrination

  • active participation in the conference Morality in the Context of Centuries organised by the Institute of Romance Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Presov 27 – 29 March 2019 

Presented paper: Patristic Literature as the Source of Inspiration for a Preacher in the 18th Century. Ethics in the Sermonic Works of Dominik Mokoš OFM (1718 – 1776)

  • active participation in the conference Latin in the Early Nineteenth-Century Habsburg Monarchy organised by Jan Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the SAS in Bratislava on 6 Aug 2019 

Presented paper: Josephus Budaváry Kricska and His Poems Dedicated to Representatives of Secular Power

  • active participation in the conference Scientific Communication in Early Modern Period (1500 – 1800) II. organised by the Institute of History SAS in Bratislava on 21 Oct 2019

Presented paper: Occasional Genres as a Form of Interpersonal Communication. Ondrej Rochotský and Scholarly Structures of Czech Urban Environment II

  • active participation in the conference Latin in Medicine organised by the Classical Philology and Culture Studies Institute, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw from 14 - 16 Oct 2019

Presented paper: Reflection of plague in the occasional literary work of Ondrej Rochotský

  • teaching MOBILITY via programme ERASMUS+; date of the mobility: from 8 - 12 Apr 2019. Receiving institution: Medical University Plovdiv, Department of Languages and Specialized Training

 

Mgr. Oľga Vaneková, PhD. 

  • active participation in the conference Morality in the Context of Centuries organised by the Institute of Romance Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Presov from 27 - 29 March 2019 

Presented paper: Portrait of a Good Wife in the Works of a Humanist Poet Ján Bocatius

 

Mgr. Linda Vasiľová

  • active participation in the conference LXVII Symposium on the History of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine organised by the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno on 6 Nov 2019

Presented paper:  Doctor´s Personality in the Work of Quintus Serenus