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Demonstration of an Audiovisual Language Instruction Technique used at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine

Christopher Holmes

21 March 2001


Christopher Holmes demonstrated a type of classroom activity he developed at the Hongo campus to teach both medical and everyday English simultaneously.

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Though the same principles apply to other, videotaped materials, the demonstration used a commercially available DVD recording of the popular American TV series ER.

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This method was introduced to familiarize medical and nursing students with natural basic everyday vocabulary, to train them to answer real (as opposed to test) questions, to elicit full-sentence answers to questions, to enliven the classroom atmosphere, to teach summarization, and to activate students' vocabulary. Students' reactions to this method have been overwhelmingly favorable.

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Discussion after the demonstration addressed this method's strengths and shortcomings, and strategies for overcoming the passivity barrier in Japanese education.

Following is an outline of the presentation.

The medical English program at Hongo

Perceived problems

Aims

Methods

Results


As always, the presentation was followed by a nice dinner at Peking.

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