Shari Joy Berman

Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery


Throughout my career, teaching/training teachers, I’ve always been attracted to a media-rich environment. I like my tech so much that I was a part-time correspondent, in the 80s, writing about Japanese video equipment and video games for magazines in Australia and the UK. The only computer-assisted class I took in university was Medical Terminology. To a language major, it was a chance to study a new language. Currently, I teach medical English, rewrite semiweekly preoperative conference presentations for surgical residents and edit research papers for the Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine. While English has been my main focus, I taught Japanese in middle school in Hawaii. I also teach Hebrew, train Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, and have officiated at ceremonies in both Kona and Tokyo. We practiced by video conferencing long before it was popular. I began rabbinical school this past August and will be ordained in June 2022.


Technology Net Gain: Multiplatform Approach to Distance ESP Classes more

Fri, Nov 12, 14:30-15:15 Asia/Tokyo

Remote learning demands teachers be more resourceful, tech savvy, and creative than ever. This session introduces successful, concrete techniques for a productive, student-centered environment at a distance, predicated on original simultaneous interfacing of Zoom and Teams with LMS follow-up. Focus will be on ESP projects (medical, international horticulture majors) including multimedia presentations, tasks, out-of-class online group meetings, as well as alternative testing and large class management techniques. Workshop participants will experience/evaluate games, quick tasks, and projects. They will also view class video clips, and brainstorm ideas to increase the “net gain,” to perhaps make these multiplatform techniques their own.

Shari Joy Berman