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Student Reviews

Learning in English makes sense

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0404175a (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0404175a
  1. Ahmed Magdy Kassem, fifth year medical student1
  1. 1Cairo University, Egypt

Some Egyptian critics are sceptical about the dominance of English in the medical world. They say that teaching in a foreign language is a remnant of imperial times which should be removed. We are independent and our language should be too. I have also heard people argue that studying in a foreign language prevents a proper understanding and hinders learning.

I do not think that the use of a foreign language is evidence of a country's dependence, unless using this language is humiliating or it destroys …

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