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Learning English for Study Abroad

KOBAYASHI Aya,1* ITABE Hiroyuki2

1Department of Pharmaceutical Education, School of Pharmacy, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan
2Division of Biological Chemistry, Department of Molecular Biology, School of Pharmacy , Showa University, Tokyo, Japan

Article first published online: October 17, 2015
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Purpose: With universities in Japan being asked by the government to globalize and provide more opportunities for study abroad, our university has a credit-based electives for students. Based on the belief that English language study is needed prior to the study abroad to facilitate their participation in overseas academic activities, we has established our called English Salon to serve as an educational session. The purpose of our study was to uncover what approaches and materials for studying English are appropriate in preparing students for study abroad. Methods: Students had done extensive reading, pharmaceutical science- related vocabulary, pronunciation review and presentations. Upon completion of their study abroad programs, students were asked to respond to a questionnaire regarding the English language study they had done prior to going on the program. A hierarchical cluster analysis in their responses was conducted using the KH Coder freeware. Results: The results of the cluster analysis showed frequently quoted words were “think (omou)” and “English (Eigo).” The correlation between the following pairs: “myself (jibun)/learn (manabu)” “study abroad (ryūgaku)/ think (omou)” “word (tango)/conversation (kaiwa)” were considered relevant. Discussion: Given the strong correlation between “myself/learn” and “word/conversation” that were led to believe that students’ studying served as a motivation for their desire to study. And we surmised students need word (tango) and conversation (kaiwa) for study abroad. Conclusion: Students increased vocabulary prior to going abroad, they put those words to use at partner universities and hospitals. However, an uncover approach in English Salon was to practice medical conversations.