I have been teaching EFL in Japan and Mexico in various contexts for 20 years. Currently, I'm an assistant professor at Doshisha University in the faculty of Global Communications. My main research interests center on peer learning and learner autonomy.
This presentation outlines how role-play activities were used to prepare medical students for potential future encounters with non-Japanese patients. Each role-play was designed to provide a forum for students to improve their linguistic, communicative, and intercultural competencies while sharing in feedback sessions with their instructor and peers. This presentation highlights role-play activities for third-year Japanese medical students, including the rationale, the practicalities of designing and implementing the activity, and the outcomes.