Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Medicine Program of Medicine
Lecture Code I1505105 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 医学英語
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Medical English
サカグチ タケマサ,ファリヤール イジャーザ,カーク ポール トムセン,フレイザー サイモン アレスター,デイビス ウォルター ジョン ハヴァード
Campus Kasumi Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  Year
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (Year) Inte:MED Rm 2
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Online learning will be primarily conducted via Moodle using medical English language materials developed at the university. There is also a taught component of classes delivered via an intensive course over three days or taken early by second-year students as a 7-week course. Students are evaluated through quizzes and written work.
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 27 : Health Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Medical Sciences
Eligible Students 3rd-year students in the School of Medicine
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
(Abilities and Skills)
・Communication skills 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The course is designed to give students a basic grounding in medical English. It covers both the technical English of doctor-doctor communication and the more everyday English of doctor-patient communication. Units of material are organized around body systems and their related medical specialisms. On the technical side, students learn anatomical terms, physiology, and medical terms relating to diseases and treatments by studying short essays and diagrams. Regarding doctor-patient communication, students practice through scripted dialogues and role plays to develop their oral communication skills.
The main goals of the course are 1) to develop the English skills and abilities to take a history; 2) to develop English skills to explain medical problems in English; 3) to acquire a core vocabulary of 1,700 medical English terms; 4) to develop the ability to identify word parts in complex medical terms. 
Class Schedule See the 「医学部医学科授業概要」 
In this class,we will use 14 units of medical English teaching material developed at Hiroshima University. These have been designed by English language specialists with guidance and review from medical specialists. The units include diagrams,short essays,and dialogues,including audio,that help students learn and practice a wide range of medical English terms. The taught course also focuses on identifying word parts that help students understand complex terms. 
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(More Details) See the 「医学部医学科授業概要」 
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Preparation and
This Medical English course is made available online using Moodle. It is also available for review and self-study throughout the academic year. The intensive course is taught in September.  
Requirements Second-year students who study and pass the taught classes early over seven weeks (MECC2Y) are exempt from taking the intensive course. 
Grading Method 1) Understanding of vocabulary related to medical English
2) An ability to communicate with patients in English through structured questioning and explaining medical problems and treatments
Students will be evaluated by Moodle scores, a test at the end of each quarter,and by oral communication and written tasks on the intensive course. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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