English teaching activities for Japanese Nurses High School

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    I am an Assistant Language Teacher for the only Nurses High School (99% girls) in my prefecture and I'd like to give them some interesting nursing related activities- any thoughts please? Some have basic English- they talked to me.

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    Learning the muscles and bones in English? Many are of Latin or Greek origin, would that be a problem?

    Research nursing uniforms around the world.

    Not got much, just of nights.
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    Thanks for your reply. I intended to post more originally but lost that. I thought the different types of roles/ specialisations that nurses take as more basic and fun. I found directions for making your own "Operation" game and I thought easy to change to more nurse orientated. Now to find someone to make it. They probably learn muscles and bones in 4th year in nearly Japanised Latin and Greek. Thanks for the nursing uniform idea- do you have a good link?

    By the way I am qualified in Australia in Materials Engineering.
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    My main teacher is not keen on a body parts based activities (internal or external) because they haven't reached that part of the textbook even though the textbook is much more limited. I'm thinking of a medical supplies shop or medical dispensary activity with simple supplies such as bandages, implements, asthma mask, IV fluids. Anyone want to suggest some terms or dialogue. I assume for some supplies you need a signature from a senior nurse or doctor.
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    I am an Assistant Language Teacher for the only Nurses High School (99% girls) in my prefecture and I'd like to give them some interesting nursing related activities- any thoughts please? Some have basic English- they talked to me.

    I have found a great of information on body parts related activities, nurse's uniforms around the world and general hospital/doctor's office type dialogues. Unfortunately the Japanese Teacher wants a fun activity and they tend to be body part related and she doesn't want that content as they do something similar much later in the textbook not that the body parts are anything other than common everyday external body part and I'd be doing uncommon/internal body parts. Anyway my next thought was doing similar to shop activities and have students "buy" or "obtain" toy medical supplies (I bet they have lots of real or fake stuff). Anyone want to suggest some dialogue or simple terms to include. I Only go the school 2* 1/2 days a week.
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    Requesting IV fluid bags? They come in 50ml, 100ml, 250, 500, and 1000ml bags. Gets numbers, volumes and different fluid names used.

    Pass me the clamp/forcep/BP cuff?

    You got us on this one! lol.
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    Thanks but what do you say and do in general- (is what you said all you say).
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    500 Ringers/NS/whatever, please.
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    There is an excellent book aimed at francophone nurses caled "L'Anglais Pour Les Infirmières" by FC Murphy. Obviously your students aren't French, but the book contains many phrases, conversations, scenarios etc. that you could perhaps adapt to your Japanese students - the English text remains the same! There are many everyday scenarios outlined, for example calling the on-call doctor, assessing a patient in pain etc. and then sections based on each speciality (orthopaedics, neuro, urology etc.)

    I'm a nurse but I also have TEFL qualifications and taught English as a foreign language full time for two years. I often taught professionals whose jobs I knew nothing about (lawyers, bankers etc.) I personally found you needed to use some general Engish materials too. A course consisting entirely of specilist language is too one sided and stilted. Even specialist courses need elements of general English in there, so don't be scared to use your standard TEFL materials with them. I found getting real live texts from actual existing bodies was useful, for example I used banking advertising pamphlets with the bankers or stuff from The Law Society with the lawyers. How about getting literature from bodies like the Nursing and Midwifery Council and using some of their texts for reading and comprehension exercises, or as the basis for debates on say ethics or fitness to practise? We were told in my TEFL training to learn to adapt "realia" and that's always the stuff that works best. Can you get hold of thermometers or basic dressings and get them to describe in English their principles and usage for example?

    Good luck!

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