AKITA – June 2015 – Medical English and Medical Anthropology for Large Classes – Donald C. Wood, Akita University. Large class size is one of the most common problems facing teachers of English in Japanese medical schools and similar environments. Another is not being able to provide such students with instruction tailored to their needs and interests, such as Medical English (or EMP—English for Medical Purposes), often due to a lack of control over the curriculum, and to inadequate medical science knowledge. This presentation outlined the developmental course of Medical English education at Akita University over the last 15 years, and then discussed the current situation in detail, while paying special attention to the ways in which the two aforementioned problems have been overcome. A short Q & A session ended the presentation.
Reported by Stephen Shucart