"Teaching English for Health" curriculum guide is now available
Literacy skills are the strongest predictor of an individual's health status - more than age, income, education level, employment status or racial or ethnic group. An estimated 36 percent of Americans have poor health literacy skills and cannot use a graph to determine a healthy weight range, or read labels to identify substances that interact with over-the-counter medications.
Teaching English for Health
Literacy Network's English for Health program was named a "promising practice" by the State of Wisconsin to improve minority health outcomes in 2010. The program received the first Outstanding Achievement in Health Literacy from Wisconsin Literacy in 2010, and has been presented at several conferences around the country.
Literacy Network offers our Teaching English for Health training for organizations interested in conducting their own training based on our model.
The guide includes 24 detailed lesson plans and worksheets designed for multi-level English language instruction. The program provides 48 hours of health literacy instruction and practice over 12 weeks. Literacy Network offers training, materials and support of organizations to help them get their own English for Health program.
"The curriculum stands on its own. You've given excellent tools that an informal ESL instructor can use to deliver a really great class to help people improve their own health," said Extension Agent Donna Shanklin of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Developing successful programs
English language learners meet in a partner hospital or clinic twice a week for group instruction provided by certified TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) instructors. Lessons are supplemented by health care professionals, and the curriculum is designed to incorporate health care providers as guests. The program features a mock clinic in which adult learners and health care providers interact in a safe educational environment.
The content and structure is adaptable to the needs, circumstances, and interests of the cultural communities of individual programs. Teaching English for Health provides the tools necessary to teach English for Health with adults who have low literacy and limited English proficiency.
Teaching English for Health includes 24 lesson plans-one for each class or session. The lesson plans are step-by-step guides which include everything an instructor needs to provide students with information and hands-on practice that will improve their English language skills and increase their knowledge of good health practices. As a result, participants become better able to make and communicate good decisions about their health care.
Instructors are introduced to each lesson with a description of its purpose and step-by-step instructions for conducting the class. The curriculum was created with a multi-level audience in mind. Most activities are leveled, offering an option for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
To learn more about Teaching English for Health or other health literacy services, review our detailed guide or contact Beth Gaytan at (608) 244-3911.