media literacy, oral communication skills, digital storytelling, Japan


The research substantiates Japanese experience of media literacy and oral communication skills development by digital storytelling (DST); reveals theoretical background and current practical application of DST in higher education of Japan. DST has significant advantages as an individual- and situation-oriented tool of oral communication as well as the instrument of psychological and learning influence on society. It is continuously implemented into Japanese educational and social practice. Famous universities of Japan initiate and realize scientific and academic projects, extending communication connections of Japanese population, improving their skills of critical thinking and argumentation, developing desires and abilities to communicate freely, fluently, confidently and persuasively.

   At present DST shows a positive growing tendency as a teaching and learning tool in higher education of both Japan and Ukraine. This is primarily linked with the global processes of social digitalization, computerization of education and urgent transferring to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence-based studies prove the efficacy of DST as the learning and evaluation instrument of oral communication skills, i. e. in English. Moreover, the technology can be applied in different specialties, i. e. medical one. The healthcare branch was drastically influenced by quarantine restrictions, having resulted in fundamental transformations of teaching and learning approaches, implementation of e-learning and telemedicine. DST has a confirmed positive influence on public health and medical knowledge development. In higher medical education it can be used as a new type of virtual patients. DST can improve physician-patient communication skills, professional qualities, tolerance and empathy. Our research confirms the potential of DST as a powerful developmental tool of media literacy and oral communication skills, and proves the requirement for the implementation of Japanese experience into higher education of Ukraine.


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Author Biographies

Lyubov V. Gutor, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Latin and Foreign Languages

Pavlo A. Sodomora, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

DSc, Professor, Department of Latin and Foreign Languages

Oleh H. Vasylenko, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

Senior Lecturer, Department of Latin and Foreign Languages

Halyna I. Zalutska, Lviv Polytechnic National University

Senior Lecturer, Department of the Foreign Languages


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How to Cite

L. V. Gutor, P. A. Sodomora, O. H. Vasylenko, and H. I. Zalutska, “DEVELOPMENT OF MEDIA LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS BY MEANS OF DIGITAL STORYTELLING IN JAPAN”, ITLT, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 88–101, Jun. 2023.



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