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5 questions for a health professional about writing in English

What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

Petra is a nurse from Norway and needs to do an English exam so she can apply for nursing registration in an English-speaking country.

  1. How do you feel about writing in English?
    It’s so long since I had to write essays in English. I’m very slow and preparing for this exam is a bit boring.

  2. What’s the hardest thing about writing in English?
    I usually have some ideas about the topic. But I have to remember to use good grammar and vocabulary. And the time to write is so short so I can’t finish in time.

  3. How do you overcome this?
    I’m learning vocabulary for the different topics, practising Speedwriting to write faster and doing essays. Then I compare my essays with model answers.

  4. What are your writing goals?
    I only want to pass this exam.

  5. What’s your advice for others who need to write in English?
    Get help. My writing coach shows me where I’m making mistakes and explains how to write better sentences to show off my grammar and vocabulary.

See what other health professionals say about writing in English here and here.

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