Prescriptions for ESL Student Success

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Irina Patten
Kathy Najafi
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
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Instructional Material
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This resource consists of eight course modules that can be utilized as supplemental instructional resources or embedded modules in health occupation bridge courses.  These modules will assist English language learners (ELLs) in improving their communication skills with patients and in understanding the cultural differences they face in the medical workplace.  The content covered includes information about critical words, idiomatic expressions, and cultural issues utilized in a health care setting.  Curriculum designed to address the retention of issue of students dropping out during the clinical portion of health science programs due to poor communication and language comprehension skills.  Module topics include: (1) Taking a Health History; (2) Describing Pain; (3) Conducting a Physical Examination; (4) Discussing Treatment and Making Recommendations, and four modules on (5) Diagnosis.

Benefits and Uses

ELLs will make the transition to higher level Allied Health and Nursing courses more easily and be more successful in completing the clinical portion of their program.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.