Journal of Oral Tissue Engineering

Some Tactics for Improving Communicative Skills of Dental Students

Junichi FUJITA

Department of English, Osaka Dental University
8-1 Kuzuhahanazono-cho, Hirakata, Osaka 573-1121, Japan

J Oral Tissue Engin 2004;2(1): 40-45

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Researchers throughout the world are focusing on tissue engineering. As readers are well aware, it is also being applied to dental research. Though the term "tissue engineering" is generally used, the exact translation of the Japanese term would be "tissue reconstruction."
The editors at the Journal of Oral Tissue Engineering asked me to write a re-view in English. Since many college professors are included in the readership, I have chosen a topic relating to English education for dental students.
Communicative English is very popular among students. For an effective learning experience, a number of teaching skills need to be considered. A combi-nation of phonetics and Oral Anatomy is used to help the students understand subtle differences in pronunciation. To improve articulation, interpreter training methods and essay writing are implemented to teach linear thesis development. To deal with the problem of passivity, students are encouraged to practice asking questions in English.

Key words:education, communicative English, English phonetics