English for Medical Purposes: Developing Materials and Methods for Japanese Undergraduate Programs

  • Date: Saturday July 26th, 3:00 – 5:00
  • Speaker: Dr. Najma Janjua
  • Location: Kagawa University, Takamatsu (Olive Square, English Cafe).

Abstract: This presentation explores developing needs-based and effective materials and methods for teaching English for medical Purposes (EMP) in Japanese undergraduate programs. The presenter introduces examples of innovative materials and pedagogical approaches designed for teaching medical, nursing and medical technology students. In addition, a tool is introduced to integrate pronunciation into EMP lessons with a goal to minimize L1 interference in students’ oral output and give them confidence in speaking as future practitioners in healthcare where communication can be a matter of life and death.

Bio: Najma Janjua, Ph.D., is an alumna of McGill University, Montreal Canada. She is a past Chair of ESP Interest Section at TESOL International, and a recipient of Canada’s Quebec Ministry of Health FRSQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japanese Ministry of Education Research Scientist Fellowship, JSPS Special Researcher Fellowship, Best of JALT Award, and TESOL Award for Classroom Action Research. Dr. Janjua’s research interests in language education include English for medical purposes (EMP), language transfer in Japanese learners of English, and comparative studies of EFL education in nonnative-English-speaking countries. She has developed and implemented EMP curricula at three Japanese national/public universities and is currently a professor at Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, in Takamatsu, Japan.

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