J Dennisson

Associate Professor

Jeanette Dennisson is an instructor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. She is currently involved in teaching and developing programs that incorporate Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) for undergraduate students in the health sciences.

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In this course, we will improve oral communication competency through small-group discussions on health-related topics.

Focus will be placed on how to:

  1. listen actively,
  2. add to the conversation,
  3. clearly and correctly speak on topic, and
  4. think critically.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to…

  1. read a short text for gist and summarize it
  2. present a topic for discussion in a small group
  3. give and justify opinions on short texts and discussion topics
  4. use appropriate body language within small-group discussions


            Attendance:     15%

 Class assignments:     40%

                  Quizzes:     15%

Final discussion test:     30%


Students are expected to prepare for discussions outside of class time. It is recommended to have regular access to some form of portable electronic device (e.g., tablet, notebook PC) for use in- and outside the class.


Most authentic material will come from two websites: Science Daily ( and/or TED Talks ( There is no textbook.

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