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This Paper conducts a linguistic analysis of the notes written by EFL Nassiriya students at college of Medicine . It aims at identifying the linguistic features of the English used in medical writing through answering the following question:
-What are the morpho-syntactic features of medical Notes ?
Note-taking is the process that English foreign learners perform when they attend lectures in English . It involves certain important skills , such as good command of listening , extracting the major points and the gist of utterances , using abbreviations , contractions , shorthand keywords, etc.
Lecture is the predominant and most common method of teaching in higher education throughout the world . Thus note taking imposes itself as a necessary method for utilizing the subject matter of the lecture .
The study is based on the following hypotheses (1)the notes written by EFL Nassiriyah students of the college of Medicine are characterized by certain morpho-syntactic features to the extent that make them as a special variety.(2) the passive verbs in either medical notes do not represent a linguistic feature compared with the active ones..
In order to achieve the aims of the study, two types of notes written by twenty five students are examined :Surgery and Ortho . These notes are taken from 5th year students . To the best knowledge of the researcher , no such study has been carried out in the field of the language of medical issues in Iraq , therefore the present study is an attempt to fill this gap.