Formation of English Competence of Future Pharmacists

Keywords: students, pharmaceutical university, educational process, English-language competence, formation.


The introduction to the article analyzes the current state of the future pharmacists’ language competence, in particular English. The purpose of the study is to theoretically substantiate the essence of the concept of «English-language competence of future pharmacists» and highlight the features of its formation. Methods. In the process of fulfilling the goal a set of theoretical methods was used - analysis of scientific-methodical, psychological-pedagogical literature, study of normative-program documentation on the research topic. The results. Based on the analysis of the scientific literature, the essence of the concept of «profession-oriented English-language competence» is clarified together with its links with professional competence, language and communication. The author specifies the meaning of «profession-oriented English-language competence» as a set of knowledge, practice-oriented skills, mastery of medical concepts, techniques of logical thinking aimed at solving profession-oriented situational problems, realization of discussions in the form of questions and answers on professional topics. Conclusions. The article identifies the peculiarities of forming the profession-oriented English-language competence in teaching a foreign language to students of the pharmaceutical university: a foreign language in profession-oriented learning becomes not only the object of learning, but also a means of forming the students’ profession-oriented English-language competence; mastering a foreign language is realized in practice-oriented language activities, the ability to participate in the communication of profession-oriented topics, and not in the knowledge of individual elements of a language; increasing the role of self-study work of students is caused by the constant development of modern technologies and innovations in pharmacy, increasing the amount of professional information and pharmaceutical terminology in English, which requires the future specialist skills and abilities to master information independently; the professional activity of pharmacists is connected with the formation and further development of their clinical thinking, professional and personal qualities (observation, flexibility, purposefulness, concentration, determination, communicative literacy).


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Author Biography

Olena Каrasova, National University of Pharmacy

Olena Каrasova,
Doctor of Philosophy in Pedagogy (Ph.D), Associate Professor,
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Department,
National University of Pharmacy,
53, Pushkinska Str., Kharkiv, Ukraine, 61022

How to Cite
КаrasovaO. (2021). Formation of English Competence of Future Pharmacists. Professional Education: Methodology, Theory and Technologies, (13), 138-151.