A proposed core curriculum for dental English education in Japan

Omar M.M. Rodis, Edward Barroga, J. Patrick Barron, James Hobbs, Jayanetti A. Jayawardena, Ikuo Kageyama, Bukasa Kalubi, Clive Langham, Yoshizo Matsuka, Yoichiro Miyake, Naoko Seki, Hiroko Oka, Martin Peters, Yo Shibata, Roxana Stegaroiu, Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Shigeru Takahashi, Hironori Tsuchiya, Toshiko Yoshida, Katsuhiko Yoshimoto

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Background: Globalization of the professions has become a necessity among schools and universities across the world. It has affected the medical and dental professions in terms of curriculum design and student and patient needs. In Japan, where medicine and dentistry are taught mainly in the Japanese language, profession-based courses in English, known as Medical English and Dental English, have been integrated into the existing curriculum among its 83 medical and 29 dental schools. Unfortunately, there is neither a core curriculum nor a model syllabus for these courses. Methods: This report is based on a survey, two discussion forums, a workshop, and finally, the drafting of a proposed core curriculum for dental English approved by consensus of the participants from each university. Results: The core curriculum covers the theoretical aspects, including dental English terms and oral pathologies; and practical aspects, including blended learning and dentist-patient communication. It is divided into modules and is recommended to be offered for at least two semesters. Conclusions: The core curriculum is expected to guide curriculum developers in schools where dental English courses are yet to be offered or are still in their early development. It may also serve as a model curriculum to medical and dental schools in countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America, where English is not the medium of instruction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number239
JournalBMC Medical Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Core curriculum
  • Dental English
  • Harmonized education
  • Health care english
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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