À l’Institut Patricia Pattyn, we are proud to help Health and Social Services professionals from Quebec and elsewhere develop their French language skills in order to meet their goal: be it to be more comfortable interacting with patients; attending meetings; obtaining a desired position; and/or passing the OQLF French exam.
IPP has over 20 years of experience in the field of Health and Social Services. We have assisted physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, as well as middle and senior managers to reach new professional milestones, and career goals. Hospitals, youth centres, and universities are among the clients who trust us to meet their personnel’s needs.
At IPP, we are continually developing and updating tools and manuals to better meet the challenges encountered by Health and Social Service professionals in their work or as they prepare for the OQLF French exam. In 2017, we published the manual, Le francais en milieu médical – Guide de préparation à l’examen de français destiné aux candidats aux ordres professionnels. (Mastering French in a medical setting – Preparing for the French exam for Health Professional Practice in Québec: A guide for nurses and doctors.) This manual, prepared explicitly for nurses and physicians, is meant to prepare these professionals for the OQLF French language exam, and to equip nursing students and medical residents to work in French.
IPP also has over 15 years of experience in translation in the domains of medicine and social work. Our profound knowledge of these sectors, their culture, and the related language and terminology allows us to deliver documents of an excellent quality. Detailed information on work done for researchers can be found in the section Translation Services.
In conclusion, we believe that a structured, goal based approach, tailored to your needs, provided in a respectful and professional manner, will enable you to acquire the skills you need to make French an asset in your career.
There is no doubt, mastering French matters!
Who is Patricia Pattyn ?
Originally from France, where my university studies led to teaching French as the mother tongue and English as a second language in school settings, I quickly realized that I had a passion for teaching adults, especially helping those seeking to enter the job market. It was a natural transition when I arrived in Quebec 25 years ago to establish Le Parilangue, which has evolved into L’Institut Patricia Pattyn, IPP.
From the onset, the work-related language requirements, as defined in Quebec law, were at the heart of my work. What challenges do people encounter when they have to give or offer a service in French or engage in a conversation in French? How can I help them? This led me to establish “made to measure” individual and group courses. I developed my own teaching approach, creating tools and manuals which responded to their needs. Most recently, I have published the manual, Le Francais en milieu médical – Guide de préparation à l’examen de français destiné aux candidats aux ordres professionnels. (Mastering French in a medical setting: Preparing for the French exam for Health Professional Practice in Québec: A guide for nurses and doctors.) (also known as the OQLF French Exam.)
Over the years, I developed a practical familiarity with a wide range of professions, including Engineering, Accounting, Architecture, Real Estate, and others, but decided to specialize in Health and Social Services. In 2006-2008, as a Project Manager, I have designed and taught an advanced intermediate level course in oral communication for nursing and social work students at McGill University for a Training and Development of Human Resources pilot project, financed by Health Canada. The goal of this pilot project was to better prepare students for practising their profession in a Francophone milieu.
In 1997, I accepted my first contracts for English to French professional translations. Since then, my translation work has included consent forms, research proposals, and various other documents for researchers and administrators working in Health and Social Services. In 2015, I translated into French, a document whose original title was Guiding Family Caregivers of People at the End of Life – a Handbook. My vision and intent is that to be well translated, a message must translate not only the words, but the meaning behind the words.
In conclusion, Mastering French matters!
Other than my numerous individual and group classes in the Health and Social Services sector, you will see below some of my additional accomplishments as an author or translater.
Author: Cahier d’exercises, Cours de communication orale, Université McGill. (2006 – 2007) Textbook produced as part of the Training and Development of Human Resources pilot project.
Co-author: Grammaire française plus en contexte, santé et services sociaux, Volumes 1 et 2, Université McGill. (2006 – 2008) Textbooks co-produced for a 6 credit written expression course, as part of a Training and Development of Human Resources pilot project.
Author: Mastering French in a medical setting – Preparing for the French exam for Health Professionals in Quebec: A guide for nurses and doctors. Institut Patricia Pattyn, IPP. November, 2017
Translator: Guider les proches aidantes de personnes en fin de vie. (134 pages). 2015.
Original title: Guiding Family Caregivers of People at the End of life – A handbook. (Authors: Cohen,S.R., MacKinnon, C.J., Kogan, N., Dewitte, M., Penner, J.L., Parmar, M.P., Khadoury, A., Feindel, A.)