Seeking Research Participants

Dec 10, 2019 16:23 by portermathew

Title of study: A Spoken Corpus of Foreign Patient Narratives for Nursing English
Investigator: Mathew Porter, Associate Professor (Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Nursing University, Faculty of Nursing)
Contact: 092-943-4174,

Purpose: I am creating a collection of 100 audio recordings of stories from non-Japanese residents and visitors about their experiences seeking medical care in Japan.

Significance: These recordings will be used to create e-learning materials for Japanese nursing students focusing on improving their English listening ability and their understanding of the linguistic and cultural challenges facing non-Japanese patients.

Selection Criteria: I am looking for people who meet these conditions:
* you are at least 20 years old
* you are a non-Japanese resident or visitor in Japan
* your first language is not Japanese
* you have had at least one experience at a Japanese hospital or clinic in which you experienced culture shock or communication breakdown
* you can talk about your experience in English for 10-15 minutes.

Anyone who can tell an 8-10 minute story in English is welcome to apply, but I am especially eager to meet with English speakers from China, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal, Philippines, and Bangladesh. Ideally, I intend to recruit an equal number of men and women. Based on the number of applications already received, you may not be asked to participate in this study.)

Time Commitment: The entire session should take 45-60 minutes. You will be expected to tell your story in English for 8-10 minutes.

Location: The session can take place at Fukuoka Jo Gakuin’s Tenjin Satellite location, my office in Koga City, or a community center in one of the wards. You will be responsible for any transportation fees.

Compensation: You will receive a 2000 yen gift card.

To Apply: If you are interested in participating, follow the link ( to submit your contact information and some basic personal data. You should receive an automated response immediately. We should be able to meet 2 weeks from first contact. If you have questions, please contact the investigator, Mathew Porter, at

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