Teaching medical English to undergraduates at the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine
17 March 2004
The goals of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine's Medical English program:
Goals of Medical English 1 & 2:
These aspects of ME 1 were covered at the MITA meeting:
Orientation in 2003 involved mainly...
|Medical English 1 General Instructions, 2003-04
(last update 2003/10/03)
My name is Christopher Holmes
Audiovisual aids, mainly of two kinds:
|Before viewing CBS Documents' "Biological Clock"
Underline here whether you are male or female, then briefly answer these questions about human fertility:
1) Up to what age can a woman today remain fertile (and have children
if she wants to)?
Answer all questions. If you're unsure, indicate that your
answer is a guess by following it with a question mark.
|Before listening to NPR's "Human Chimeras"
Briefly answer these questions:
1) What is a chimera (in biology)?
Answer all questions. If you're unsure, discuss the question
with your tablemates and, if necessary, look up the word in a dictionary.
Activities include notably
"What I Learned in Class Today"
Samples range from the minimalist approach...
...to summary and insightful comments:
Weekly assignment sheets include other types of information:
Medical English 1, Week 2: "Moderation in all things."
Definition exercise: For next week, prepare your own definition of an intensive care unit (ICU). Be ready to write it down during the next class.
Essential terms: A miss is a failure to hit the target, not a mistake (which is an incorrect answer or choice). I hope you'll learn the difference. You've all studied English for a long time, but few of you would claim you've learned it already. Strictly speaking, you shouldn't say "I learned English in high school" unless you are now comfortable with English, able to express yourself fairly well, and not planning to study it anymore.
Common errors: These common words are never plural:
Spelling: Everyone misspells occasionally, but you will be MDs. You must not misspell the following words: doctor, physician, patient, disease, medicine, drug, pharmaceutical, technology, technique.
Your individual assignment: Next week, you will very briefly (in 30
seconds) explain the term indicated below to your classmates. The highlighted
one is YOURS: you must prepare it. (You are always welcome to prepare any of
the others as well, if you want to be especially well prepared for the
Medical English 2 and the Electives (Medical English 3, ER Evening, Extra Medical English, and Oral Presentation Training) will be covered in a future presentation.
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