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MELSA NEWSLETTER

Dear MELSA members

[2017 the Latest News]
We are very glad to tell you about wonderful news like this.
On September 26, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games approved MELSA to use the marks of [Tokyo 2020 Support Programme] / [Education [Yoi Don!]], under the TOKYO 2020 SANKAKU (Action) program.
The Tokyo 2020 SANKAKU (Action) Program has eight themes as follows;
1) sports and health, 2) building communities, 3) sustainability, 4) culture, 5) education, 6) economics and technology, 7) revival and reconstruction, 8) all Japan: sending a message to the world.
MELSA has obtained the approval in the field of education.

The summary introduction about our activities applied there is as follows; We share the opportunity for medical/healthcare English communication mini-lesson with people who are looking for the place to learn together. We also provide Sports and Volunteering English communication mini-lesson. English is our tool for multicultural exchange and experience. Here is the global place where you can make something special.
Could you join us and learn together?

[2017 Notification]
1) The standard procedure before taking a lesson
Please show your MELSA membership ID card and write your name & ID number on an attendance sheet whenever you take a lesson in 2017.
If you forget to bring your ID card with you, please pay 2000 yen as a regular lesson fee. You have no repayment available later on. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
2) No monthly back numbers of MELSA material is available
Selling MELSA material back numbers will be finished in each last class in December 2016.

3) The date, venue, and time of MELSA lessons
MELSA lesson will be subject to whether planned venues are available or not.
Please refer each time under the tab gTop Pageh information.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
According to the organizing committee, The Tokyo 2020 Games has its own games vision. gSports has the power to change the world and our future.h This games vision is based on the following three core concepts. Those are:
*Achieving Personal Best: striving to achieve their best possible results
All Japanese citizens, including Olympic and Paralympic volunteers, will employ their utmost resourcefulness as hosts to welcome visitors from around the world with the best Japanese gomotenashih, or hospitality.
*Unity in Diversity: accepting each other just as they are
The Tokyo 2020 Games will foster a welcoming environment and raise awareness of unity in diversity among citizens of the world.
*Connecting to Tomorrow: passing and leaving a lot of positive legacies to inspire future generation
The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan, enhanced Japanese people's awareness of the outside world and helped bring about rapid growth of Japan's economy. The 2020 Games will enable Japan, now a mature economy, to promote future changes throughout the world, and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Tokyo 2020 Volunteers Getting Involved ? Becoming a Tokyo 2020 Volunteer
According to the organizing committee, applications for volunteer roles will be accepted from the summer of 2018. You will need to be:
*18 years old or above as of April 1, 2020
*able to participate in volunteer training sessions
*a Japanese national or foreign national with permission to stay in Japan (temporary visitors included)
*able to volunteer for 10 or more days
*enthusiastic and committed, with a genuine desire to contribute to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games
*willing to work as a part of a diverse team, and to treat other team members with respect
*Volunteer Strategy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have put together a collection of basic concepts which will guide the recruitment and training of volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Games. You can access it via their website.

2017 MELSA Lesson Reports
[mini-lesson]
Let's begin English communication with small talk.

2017-October
[Tokyo MELSA]
The 79th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hematology was held onOctober 20-22. One of the most interesting topics was gClinical sequencing in leukemia with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI)h among Special Educational Lectures on Saturday, 21. Almost all the seats were taken in the room. The news related to this lecture was broadcasted in the summer, 2016. In April, MELSA used the article gArtificial Intelligence (AI: Watson) Saves Lifeh as one of the warm-up listening materials. Amazingly, Watson concluded that the patient had another type of blood cancer in just 10 minutes and proposed that doctors use a different anticancer drug. AI could be one of the promising devices in the future as a team member among human medical/healthcare proffesionals.




Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Octoberf classes were held as follows; 10/07 (Sat) Tokyo-Nighttime, 10/11(Wed) Tokyo-Daytime, 10/18 (Wed) Yokohama-Morning, and 10/29 (Sun) Sapporo-Morning & Evening. As for Octoberfs themes, Lesson 10 was "An inpatient with diabetesh , and Chapter 10 was gThe Endocrine Systemh. One of the warm-up Listening topics was gLaughter is the best medicineh. It was a similar concept to the previous news article we used last month, which was a prospective cancer treatment gMedics put Jest to the test.h Laughter strengthens the immune system, improves the mood, reduces pain, and protects people from the damaging effects of stress.
The other topic was "sleep". The endocrine system and sleep have a close relationship. The melatonin is a substance formed by the mammalian pineal gland. It is involved in circadian rhythms. Meanwhile, three American scientists have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about the inner workings of biological clocks in living things. The Nobel Committee says their discoveries explain how plants, animals, and humans adapt their internal rhythms to match up with the Earth's turns. Inner clocks regulate behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature, and metabolism. For example, having an inner clock that's constantly out of rhythm is associated with increased risk for various diseases.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Octoberfs classes were held as follows; 10/3 (Tue) Tokyo-Morning, 10/5 (Thu) Tokyo-Nighttime, 10/26 (Thu) Fujisawa-Nighttime, 10/29 (Sun) Sapporo-Afternoon. Octoberfs themes were gTrack and Fieldh among Sports Club Activities and gTaking Vital Signsh as the first lesson of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). We practiced substitution and role-play as usual. Warm-up listening topics were as follows; gJapanese noodles (udon and soba)h, gramenh, and gthe country with the most Olympic marathon medalsh.

2017-September
[Sapporo MELSA]
As for Sapporo MELSA, the bad weather led to fewer participants in the past few months. Thanks to the beautiful weather in September, however, the number of participants is more likely to be increasing. We will enjoy learning together again. Sapporo city has already been filled with autumn season. You can enjoy a lively and brisk atmosphere in the underground shopping center just like in Tokyo. Meanwhile, you can see the vast expanse of the sky while walking along the sidewalk and feel a refreshing air of autumn there.



Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Septemberf classes were held as follows; 9/22 (Sat) Tokyo-Nighttime, 9/13(Wed) Tokyo-Daytime, 9/20 (Wed) Yokohama-MELSA, 9/24 (Sun) Sapporo-MELSA. Septemberf themes were as follows; Lesson 9 was "Examination assistance to a patient with a burnh and Chapter 9 was gThe Sensory System and Skinh. Then warm-up listening themes were gMedics put jest to the testh and gNext-Generation Cancer Treatment, Quantum Scalpelh. Personally, I know someone whofs already undergone this therapy. It was called gheavy particle beam therapyh at a research hospital.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Septemberf classes were held as follows; 9/5 (Tue) Tokyo-Daytime, 9/14 (Thu) Tokyo-Nighttime, 9/24 (Sun) Sapporo-MELSA, 9/28 (Thu) Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa. Septemberf themes were gWatching sports and Supportingh and gER (emergency room) and AED (automated external defibrillator)h. Warm-up Listening themes were as follows; gViewing the moonh, hFigure Skater Mao Asada Retiresh. and hGolfer Ai Miyazato Says Thanksh. The additional dialogue practice was about gWhat kinds of things do sports volunteers do?h Then the answer was as follows; They help the competition by assisting the athletes and event organizers, and also by supporting the visitors.

2017-August

Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on August 2 (Tue), 3 (Thu), 16 (Wed), and 20 (Sun), respectively. The themes were "Helping inpatietnts with paralysis" and "The Nervous System". Regarding paralysis, the warm-up listening topics were "Study to regenerate spinal cords with iPS cells" and "There's more hope now for people with spinal injuries".
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Sapporo-MELSA, and Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa classes were held on August 8 (Tue), 10 (Thu), 20 (Sun) ,and 31 (Thu), respectively. The theme of sports was "Sports club and Circle". The theme of healthcare was "physical examinations, treatments, accounting". The warm-up listening topics were "Ancestor Rememberance Festival", "Recruiting Athletes for Tokyo 2020", "various after-school activities", and "New guidelines call for earlier English Learning".

2017-July
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on July 4 (Tue), 1 (Sat), 19 (Wed), and 23 (Sun), respectively. The theme in the first period was "Helping inpatietnts with their daily life". The second period theme was "The Urinary System". Regarding the urinary system, we had three kinds of warm-up listening topics, including "Marathon and Dehydration", "Heatstroke precaution for Tokyo 2020", and the dialogue between Dr. and a patient about "Renal Stone" as one of the diseases in uropaty.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Sapporo-MELSA, and Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa classes were held on July 11 (Tue), 6 (Thu), 23 (Sun) ,and 27 (Thu), respectively. The theme of sports was "A variety of sports; to ask and/or talk about one's favorite sports". The theme of healthcare was "Giving direction in the hospital; how to explain directions and/or locations". We practiced that using a map. And warm-up listening topics were as follows: "Star Festival in Japan" as a Japanese annual event, "about Nishikori's first Grand Slam Final", and "Heatstroke precaution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics". The Tokyo games are scheduled on late July and early August of 2020. Authorities advise us to beware of heatstroke because hundreds of people across Japan are taken to hospitals on especially hot days during this season every year.

2017-June
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on June 9 (Fri), 1 (Thu), 21 (Wed) and 25 (Sun), respectively. Themes were "hospitalization, showing the ward" and " The Respiratory System". One of the warm-up listening practice topics was about "Pollution kills nealy 2 million children a year", according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The other one was about "observation of breathing" for an inpatient.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on June 6 (Tue), 10 (Sat), 25 (Ssun) , and 29 (Thu), respectively. The first theme of sports was "a break the ice": to start with asking "Which sport do you like the best?". The second theme was a dialogue about healthcare communication between a patient and a receptionist at the counter in the hospital. And we also used a few warm-up listening topics, such as "Tokyo Olympics", "Sports Festival", and "Tokyo Olympic Emblems Scrapped".
As you know, the first Tokyo Olympics was held in 1964. It was a symbol of Japan's re-development and acceptance as a member of the international community after it was defeated in the Second World War. Regarding Sports Festival in Japan, these events are held at most schools and neighborhood communities, and generally held near the national holiday called "Sports Day" in October. The purpose is community and team building.

2017-May
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on May 9 (Tue), 13 (Sat), 24 (Wed) and 28 (Sun), respectively. The main themes were ghThe Emergency Medical-Care System" and "Circulatory System and AED". The warm-up listening practice was about "Dialogue between a doctor and a patient with heart problem" and "At a disaster site: Dialogue between a nurse and an American male victim with a minor injury".
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on May 16 (Tue), 18 (Thu), 25 (Thu) , and 28 (Sun), respectively. The themes were "About your favorite food, drinks, and othersh and "Disaster Nursingh. This month, one of the warm-up listening topics was about Japanese national holiday "Children's Day" and the other one was about "Quit smoking". The story was about a young lady in her early-thirties who finally desided to give up smoking. Meanwhile, reading an additional material from a recent study abroad, we learned that women now drink nearly as much as alcohol as men. The study explained some interesting reasons such as the change in women's roles in a modern society compared with the past.

2017-April
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on April 2 (Tue), 13 (Thu), 19 (Wed) and 23 (Sun), respectively. The main themes were gComplete physical Examinationh and gThe Blood". The topics of warm-up listening were "Taking a cold shower?" and "Having a nice and long soak in a hot bath!". In Sapporo-MELSA, we also studied about the news "Artificial Intelligence (AI), what is called Watson, Saves life". Watson conducted that the patient had another type of blood cancer and proposed a different anticancer drug. On TV news, doctors say AI technology is opening a new horizon in the field of medicine, beyound human intellect.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Sapporo-MELSA, and Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa classes were held on April 12 (Wed), 6 (Thu), 23 (Sun), and 27 (Thu), respectively. The themes were "Small talk to fill in the timeh and "Occupational Health Nursing (OHN)h. The practice of OHN is based on the healthcare in working environment. In Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has started focusing on working hours as the issue of law since a Japanese young female worker, who worked at one of the advertising giants, committed suicide in December 2015 due to a crushing workload. Other topics for warm-up listening were Japan's seasonal events such as "Viewing the Cherry Blossoms" and "Sumo Wrestling, the national sport of Japan". As you know, Kisenosato is a native-born Japanese "yokozuna", the highest rank grand champion, after a long interval.

2017-March
2017 SAPPORO ASIAN WINTER GAMESh was held in Sapporo and Obihiro from February 19 to 26. Some of the MELSA participants played an important role as a sports volunteer in that event. They also helped a lot to open Sapporo MELSA. We are deeply grateful to their kindness and cooperation.
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Toky Nighttime, Tokyo Daytime, Yokohama MELSA and Sapporo classes were held on March 2 (Thu), 8 (Wed), 15 (Wed) and 20 (Mon), respectively. The main themes were gColonoscopyh and gThe Digestive System". The topics of warm-up listening were "longevity" and "for maintaining your teeth healthy...".
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo Morning, Tokyo Nighttime and Sapporo classes were held on March 7 (Tue), 16 (Thu) and 20 (Mon), respectively. The themes were "introducing club activities etc. and sports for funh and "regional medical service, home visits and careh. The warm-up listening topics were "Valentine and White Days", "What happens to all that food?". In addition for Sapporo MELSA class, the following two topics were used; "Are you happy, and would you like to be happier?" and "Everyone wants to learn something, but who has the time? "

2017-February
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo Day-time, Tokyo Night-time and Yokohama MELSA classes were held on February 2 (Thu), 7 (Thu) and 15 (Wed),
respectively. The main themes were gAt the accounting counterh and gThe Skeletal and Muscular System.h The topic for warm-up listening was gWould you participate in 20-year medical study?h The aim of this project is to find possible causes of diseases. The medical experiment will track a multitude of things, including diet, exercise, sleep, genetics, medical records, personality tests, credit card spending, GPS location data and blood tests. This article is very useful for us to review lots of medical terms we have learned.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
On February 9 (Thu) and 14 (Thu), Morning class and nighttime classe were held, respectively. The themes were gAbout volunteer activitiesh and gAbout a burn with hot oil while cooking.h One of the topics for warm-up listening was a traditional Japanese event gSetsubunh or gBean Throwing DAY.h The other topics were "Are you happy, and would you like to be happier?" and about a very recent medical term gCyberchondoria.h

2017-January
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Day-time MELSA, Night-time MELSA, and Yokohama MELSA were held on January 6 (Fri), 14 (Sat), and 18 (Wed), respectively. Especially, we had 24 participants in the night class. Most of them were new comers and they were really enthusiastic to learn medical English. For this year, MELSA materials have been freshly innovated for participants. A warm-up listening topic was gMatchah as a suitable theme, like a tea ceremony for New Year. We practiced reading, shadowing, and memorization of dialogs for Role-Play among 3 people (doctor/nurse/receptionist, patient, and interpreter).
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo Morning and Tokyo nighttime classes were held on January 10 (Tue) and 19 (Thu), respectively. The topic of warm-up listening were about "the New Year Holidays" as an annual event in Japan called gO-shogatsuhand gEveryone wants to learn something, but ch.

2016 MELSA Lesson Reports
We will use materials and CDs to learn about topics from various fields regarding not only medical and/or healthcare information but also traditional Japanese main events, sports, and Olympics/Paralympics each month. We hope it helps you to get more enjoyment for daily life, for forming relationship with people around you and any other situations.

[2016 New Additional Items of MELSA Lesson]
We have already heard of the Zica fever, dengue fever, and Ebola infections in the news. Recently, an international lecture on "Travel Medicine" was held in Japan. As MELSA aims at focusing on current worldwide issues, MELSA will incorporate these latest topics discussed in the news and lectures into our lessons. We hope that these issues can correspond to everyonefs interests. In order to be a part of global society, we will try to select current topics about healthcare in the world.

2016-December
Medical/Healthcare English
At the end of this year, we studied about gPharmacy & Medicationsh, including OTC, prescription medicine and instructions of medication. And then we reviewed almost all about the scenes and questionnaire related to gout-patient & first visith. We also used CDs for intensive learning terminology, words and phrases in medical/healthcare English as well as role-play practice exercises for communication.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English: Themes were gworkplace, commute, transportation and designating areah and gdiseases & injuriesh. Warm-up listening practices were as follows; gChristmash, gDecisionh of giving up smoking, and gthe conversation between a landlady and a new tenanth.

2016-November

Medical/Healthcare English:We studied about two kinds of subject, "Accounting, Paying the bill at the cashier's counter", including Japanese National Health Insurance system, and "Urinary System and diseases related to urinary tracts". For a warm-up listening practice, we used the article "Weight training, bulking up muscles and brain function" and foreign news "Cleaning up Agent Orange in Vietnam". Interestingly, the article said that lifting weights is better for losing weights than cardio exercise. We also learned that high levels of dioxin are still detected there more than 40 years after the war ended.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:The first subject was about "How to express our emotions", such as feeling happy, angry, sad, and sorry. The second was about "Parts of the body, Organs". In addition, for a warm-up listening practice, we used the materials about "Shiti-go-san, November 15", "Shrines and Temples", and one of the natural disasters, "Earthquakes in Japan".

2016-October

Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about Preoperative Management for Operation (Explaining before/after Surgery, Day of the operation). The second one was about Musculoskeletal system, Orthopedics, and related diseases such as backache, knee ache (osteoarthritis OA). For a warm-up listening practice, we used two kinds of material, including "Anesthesia" and " A Patient with osteoporosis at a dental clinic". We focused on listening to the general questions an anesthesiologist usually asks before an operation, and also listening to useful advice and recommendation from an internist or a dentist regarding osteoporosis we have to know about.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
Main subjects were " How to praise, How to apologize" and " Illness/Desease, Test, and Treatment". We used several topics for a warm-up listening practice, including "Sports Festival" as one of the Japanese evens in autumn, "Healthier Choices for Diners, and "Rio Olympics with Cultural and Environmental Themes" with a surprise cameo from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed as Super Mario. In addition, we read an article, "Adults Who Volunteer Are Healthier Than Those Who Do Not". This topic may encourage us to make more efforts and enjoy doing volunteer activities all together.

2016-September
Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about "Medical examinations and Tests", including names of testing and explaining the test/treatment/procedure". The second one was about "Digestive system", including diseases such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. For a warm-up listening practice, we used two topics, "A Japanese actor and his stomach cancer" and "A new method of radiotherapy: pinpoint cancer attack".
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
Warm-up listening practices were "Viewing the Full Moon" as a Japanese event in September, "Tropical storm or Typhoon", and "Heatstroke precautions for Tokyo 2020" related to sever weather during the middle of summer in Japan.

2016-August
Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about"Measurement of Vital Signs" and the second was about "Ophthalmology". The themes for a warm-up listening practice were "Most common Complaints at the ophthalmological clinic", and "The 1st iPS Transplant to treat a woman suffering from age-related maculardegeneration". This disease causes a progressive decline in vision. iPS stands for induced pluripotent stem cells.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
Warm-up listening practices were "O-Bon, Ancestor Remembrance Festival" as one of Japanese annual events, "Corcovado, a World Heritage Site", and "Zika fever" related to the Olympics in Brazil.

2016-July
Medical/Healthcare English:The main subjects were as follows: a) Physical Examination (1) Calling a patient/Taking Measurements b) Sensory organs,? Dermatology, and diseases such as eczema and pediatric allergy. "Medical examination", "Examination of the cranial nerves" and "Hair loss Mechanism found" were the themes for a warm-up listening practice.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
July:"Star Festival on July 7th" was one of the main themes in this month. We learned about the story of two stars compared to lovers based on a Chinese legend by listening to CD. Then we enjoyed learning how to communicate with our foreign guests at a Sushi restaurant, including the explanation of Japanese sake.

2016-June

Medical/Healthcare English:In the first class period, the subject was continued from the previous "Medical inquiries by doctors at the consultation room". Taking history (2) obstetrical past history, smoking, drinking and other lifestyle habits, etc. In the second class period, we learned about Pediatrics; a) Roseola Infantum b) Measles (Rubeola) c) Chickenpox (Varicella). At the beginnig of each class, we usually use a little time for a warm-up listening practice. The themes were about "Obesity" and "Anti-smoking campaign" .
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
"School Clubs ( after school)", "The Rugby World Cup in England". In addition, things related to concussion and "Pocket Concussion Recognition Toolh.

2016-May

Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about "Medical inquiries by doctors at the consultation room". Taking history (1) past history, family history, allergies, etc.
We also learned about Psychosomatic internal medicine/ Psychiatry as the second subject; a) School Refusal b) Depression and Insomnia. Closely related to this month's subjects, "Meditation" and "A lack of sleep" were the themes for a warm-up listening practice.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
"Childrenfs Day" as one of the Japanese traditional events and national holidays and "Kyoto" as an old capital of Japan.


2016-
April

Medical/Healthcare English:We learned about "The immune System" and "Blood". From the extensive point of the human body function, it is important for us to study these two themes together because of their very close relationships between blood cells and antigen-anibody reaction. Antibodies are found in the blood and body fluids. After binding antigen, some antibodies may fix, complement, bind to surface receptors on immune cells, and in some cases may neutralize microorganisms.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
The special topics for listening and reading practice were about "Cherry blossom viewing", "Tokyo Olympics"Aand "the bullet train".


2016-March

Medical/Healthcare English: "The reproductive System" and "The Ebola". The theme was especially about pregnancy and infectious diseases. You have probably heard in the news and watched on TV about infectious diseases such as "Zika", "Dengue" and "Ebola". So, in March, we focused on learning about this frightening disease, Ebola in English. We also got the information about "Travel Medicine" in Japanese. We hope it helps you to study more by yourself at home.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English: "The girls' [dolls'] festival" and "The spirit of martial art".

2016-February
Medical/Healthcare English: "The Nervous system" and "The Brain". We provided the key words and phrases as well as basic information to understand the article about the brain and nerves in English. We introduced the useful CD and YouTube video, using several minutes for each.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
" The marathon" and "The Olympic emblem"

2016-January
Medical/Healthcare English:"The Cells" and "The influenza (the flu)".
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:"About Japan" and "The Acropolis in Athens"

2016 New Year Greetings from MELSA
@ 2016 Happy New Year
@Let us welcome the year which is new and fresh. What is your New Year resolution? Let us leave behind sadness, regrets and painful moments and have a new start full of joy this year.
It is never too late to start again but yes it is always very early when one gives up.
Please join us and learn together.


The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics/Paralympics
@Tokyo will host the 32nd Summer Olympic/Paralympic games in 2020.
Recently the number of visitors to Japan has been increasing even before the opening of the Games. We may have an opportunity to show someone around or do some volunteer activities here and there. If we talk someone from another country, we never know what topics will come up. However, the topics that will almost always come up are more likely to be Japan itself or ourselves. If we know what we are going to talk about, we can easily prepare by learning new words and phrases in advance.
Therefore, MELSA prepared the special new program for people planning to take part in volunteer activities. Eventually,"Sports & Volunteer English Conversation" class successfully started last September.
While studying about Japan itself, we will not only be able to improve our English but also share our information and experiences each other.
@@Please join us and learn together with MELSA from now on!!

Japanese Hospitality
@It is often said that the Japanese people are "polite." This characteristic is probably rooted in the spirit of omotenashi --- a Japanes hospitality. When we go to shops or restaurants throughout Japan, the staff bow very politely to us. This kind of behavieor is the typical Japanes hospitality of being considerate to our guests or others.
MELSA Small Talk
@A dictionary says that gsmall talkh is a polite conversation about ordinary or unimportant subjects, especially at social occasions. Small talk topics are usually the focus of our daily conversations. Sometimes small talk is more important for adults because we are not very comfortable with silence. So we are more likely to begin our conversation with small talk to strangers.
In addition, we can chat away with our friends about something. We can also enjoy a long chat over a cup of coffee or a meal with them. Therefore, certain acceptable small talk topics such as sports, hobbies, work and food are very helpful for us when we meet someone from abroad for the first time until we get to know each other better. Please join us and learn together.
Newcomers are always welcome to the "Sports & Volunteer English Conversation" class.
Letfs start with MELSA for the 2020 Olympic/Paralympic games!
MELSA's Materials for Medical/Healthcare English
@MELSA's materials for medical/healthcare English have a total of 12 sections in a year.
It will enable you to conduct a well-balanced study of dialogue patterns and expressions as you imagine the situations in which medical/healthcare words are used both in Japan and overseas.
Regarding anatomy and physiology, each section contains basic overview about one of the organ systems divided into 11 groups in a human body. You can study one section in a month. If you are not confident about cells as a basic component unit of the body, then please start with Section 1. For Section 2 through 12, you do not have to proceed through them in order. However, you can start with the sections you want study soon or that interest you. You are always welcome in any every month.
The people (patients) who appear in the conversations (dialogues) have trouble because they do not understand how to deal with their conditions. They will try to communicate in different languages. Empathize with them and observe them closely.
In order to use medical/healthcare words precisely and proficiently, you must study medical terminology as well as grammar, sentence patterns and expressions.
Please do basic practice as much as possible and keep practicing as long as it takes to get good at speaking.

MELSA Lesson Reports
Medical/Healthcare & Sports/Volunteer Activities English
2016 MELSA lessons
@MELSA lessons have just started. The number of participants has been increasing gradually.
Yokohama-MELSA lesson on January 20 was helped by a volunteer lecturer, Dr. Ward. Thank you very much.

Special thanks to all MELSA participants in 2015
@Thank you very much for your participation in MELSA lessons throughout the year in 2015.
We have succcessfully finished Medical/Healthcare Daytime-MELSA, Nighttime-MELSA, and Yokoham-MELSA lessons.
And also finished Sports/Volunteer activities English lessons with great pleasure.
We, all MELSA staff are looking forward to seeing you again next year.

The first Yokohama-MELSA lesson was successfully finished.
@The first Yokohama-MELSA lesson was held on March 25th. We had a great time with Dr. Ward. She is a doctor of OB-GYN (obstetrics and gynecology). The MELSA program of March is reproductive system. It was a perfect day for us to learn with her. Thank you very much for her generous cooperation to help MELSA activities despite her very busy schedule.
We had a special seminor on March 11th.
@We invited Mr. Uchida, an acupuncturist as MELSA volunteer lecturer in Daytime-MELSA lesson.
He gave us an interesting and informative leture about complementary and alternative medicine [CAM].

@@Why does acupuncture work?
\Acupuncture is simple, safe, effective and sustainable healthcare.
Our health depends on the bodyfs energy flow, moving in a smooth and balanced way through channels throughout the body.  The flow can be disturbed by physical, mental, emotional factors as well as lifestyle and weather conditions.
Acupuncture can stimulate the bodyfs own healing response and help restore its natural balance, and it focuses on improving the overall well-being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
Meridians and collateralsF@
Meridians and collaterals (Jing-Luo) are pathways that transport Qi, Blood, and Fluid and connect the internal Zang-fu organs with the surface and other part of the body. The twelve regular meridians are based on three factors, which are hand or foot, yin or yang, and zang or fu organs.
Physiological functions of meridians:
Circulating Qi, Blood and Fluid and coordinating Yin and Yang,
Communicating the exterior with the interior, connecting with viscera,
Circulating Qi, Blood and Fluid and coordinating Yin and Yang,
Resisting evil and manifesting symptoms and signs of diseases,
Transmitting sensation and regulating the deficiency and excess,

@Mr. Uchida brought a model of the human body for our understanding his lecture well.
@His name is "TARO". Here are his pictures.


2015 New Year Greetings!
@May peace, happiness, good health and continued success be yours every day throughout the new year.

MELSA schedule for January, February and March in 2015.
@Please make sure of each date, time and venue every month because the opening hour will be changed depending on the venue. (December 9th)
Now, we are "NPO MELSA"!
@We have got the approval documment as a "Non-Profit Organization Medical English Learning Support Association" from the metropolitan goverment office. We MELSA submitted the application in June this year.
We have been making efforts to establish the NPO MELSA for a long time. And We will also try to do our best from now on for better contribution in a society. (October 29th)

Many apologies
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We are very sorry that we could not answer your Inquiry and/or Application because Yahoo mail service @was not available from September 30th 9:20 a.m. until October 4th at 6:57 a.m. Just in case anyone sent a message to our MELSA office during that period, please send the same one to us again. Thank for your understanding. (October 10th)@
The celebration of the first anniversary of the founding of MELSA
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Thank you very much for participating in MELSA lessons, as well as your support and understanding.
We will try to do our best to contribute to your opportunity and convenience of studying medical English
in the future.@(September 18th)

Short notice
@We reluctantly decided to cancel the daytime MELSA lesson on June 4 and the nighttime MELSA lesson
on May 27 due to a very urgent personal matter. We are very sorry that we had given an only short notice to some of the MELSA members beforehand. The opening schedule and other information might change depending on the situation. We apologize for your inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.@iJune 17th)
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Medical English Learning Support Association (MELSA)NPO MELSA Office:

e-mail: melsa@outlook.jp
Non-Profit Organization
Medical English Learning Support Association
Inquiry/Application:Click here