The mission of the undergraduate English program at St. Luke's is to support and encourage future nurses and nursing leaders, educators, and researchers in improving both their nursing English skills (including communication with patients as well as academic reading, writing, and presentation skills) and their general English proficiency (including vocabulary knowledge acquisition as well as extensive input and output exposure in the 4 skills).
At the graduate level, innovative research and scholarly publications are vital components of a globally competitive graduate program. These involve rigorous research and good scientific writing and presentation skills. The goal of the graduate English program is to develop highly skilled and knowledgeable academic writers with excellent critical thinking, scientific writing, scholarly publishing, and presentation skills.
Our undergraduate faculty have recently led a multi-departmental study on the benefits of study abroad programs for nursing students, finding that they likely increase English proficiency, improve knowledge of healthcare and nursing practices abroad, and benefit students in a variety of affective, identity-enhancing, and personal growth areas. We have also recently published a book chapter exploring the potential of the new interdisciplinary field of Health Humanities to impact individual and public health in Japan in ways that address existing and emerging inadequacies and challenge the status quo.
Our graduate school faculty stay up to date with the latest global developments and future directions of scholarly writing by conducting and publishing research on academic/scientific writing, scholarly publishing, presentation writing, publication ethics, writing mechanics, and open-access publishing. To date, we have published 26 peer-reviewed international papers on editing, writing, and publishing in the nursing science and medical fields. These publications serve as important educational resources for graduate students, nurses, medical doctors, and healthcare professionals.
We have implemented an innovative undergraduate curriculum that includes: a healthcare communication course with roleplaying and simulated patient sessions, an extensive reading course focusing on the development of reading skills, a novel health humanities curriculum, a nursing research skills course in which students find, read and present on nursing research articles, and a custom-made study abroad program at McGill University in Canada, which integrates medical EFL instruction with lectures by nursing researchers and shadowing experiences at healthcare facilities.
Our graduate educational concept is based on the development of skilled, knowledgeable, confident, and independent academic writers and presenters. To realize this, we have developed the following programs to improve English language, critical thinking, logical reasoning, scholarly writing, and scientific presentation skills:
- PhD Academic Writing Course: This course teaches doctoral students practical and analytical skills in writing and publishing research articles in leading international journals.
- Academic Writing Desk: This platform mentors postgraduate students in how to synthesize ideas, write valid research questions, logically present findings, and publish in English journals.
- Faculty Writing Desk: This platform provides academic writing and presentation advice to the nursing faculty, a number of whom are concurrent graduate PhD students.
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In addition to involvement in academic associations in our respective fields and subfields (literature, applied linguistics, etc.), our undergraduate faculty have facilitated gatherings of nursing English educators to share and discuss best practices and create educational materials. We also participate actively in the newly-established Japan Association for Nursing English Teaching (JANET). We have recently been heavily involved in planning the 9th International Health Humanities Conference, the first of its kind in Asia, to be hosted by St. Luke’s in October 2020.
Our graduate faculty regularly provide nursing professionals, medical doctors, and academic societies across Japan lectures/seminars on how to effectively write and publish research in leading English journals, editing and article review support, and technical assistance with open-access publishing. We also maintain active memberships in the Japan Academy of Nursing Science, American Medical Writers Association, Japan Society of Medical English Education, European Medical Writers Association, and Japan Society of Medical Education to keep abreast with the latest developments in writing and to promote scholarly writing education and ethical publishing.