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A Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL Learners (Intermediate Level)

This is the curriculum of the Queens Library Adult Learner Program. It is used as a standalone class at the library, but designed so that you can pick individual lessons appropriate to your class, or follow the full curriculum.

Notes about the curriculum.

The objectives of this curriculum are to increase English Language Learners’ English, and to improve their knowledge of health. You may notice that there are some differences in approach from a typical ESOL curriculum. There is minimal emphasis on grammatical functions, except as they relate to the health topic. Additionally, in order to properly address the health aspects of the curriculum, certain vocabulary is needed that normally would not be introduced at the beginning level. To facilitate this, there are times when the plan will suggest that you allow learners to work with native language dictionaries, or work with other students who speak the same language.

Tips for working with materials.

  • Encourage learners to bring a three ring binder to keep all their handouts, as you may want to have them refer to information from previous lessons’ materials.
  • Try to recycle vocabulary — and concepts — frequently. Some of this recycling is built into the curriculum, but you may discover that your learners need more reviewing than is built into the lesson plans.
  • If your class is low-intermediate, you may wish to also include some of the units from the beginner level.
  • Some of the lesson plans also include background information on a health topic. These plans are marked with

Below is the list of lesson plans, accompanying student worksheets and audio files. You can download the audio files, or play them directly from your computer. Some lessons also have online activities for students. They are listed here as a reference for teachers; students can access them directly from the Student Activities page as well.

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Topics

Lesson Plan Student Worksheets Listening
Body Systems and Structures Do you ever think about
your body’s hard work?

WMA

MP3

Describing
Ailments and Symptoms
You don’t look
so good...

WMA
MP3

I see on the chart you made that you have a dull pain...

WMA
MP3

What brings you here?

WMA
MP3

3. Interacting with the
Healthcare Provider (Part 1)
 
Hello, City Health
Center...

WMA
MP3

4. Interacting with the
Healthcare Provider (Part 2)
 
All right, we’re all set,
you can get dressed...

WMA

MP3

So my main problem is I have asthma...


WMA


MP3

5. Health Histories and
Medical Screenings (Part 1)
Rita, I’d like to get a
little information about your family...

WMA
MP3

6. Health Histories and
Medical Screenings (Part 2)
7. Introduction to
Preventive Health
Margarita is
32 years old...

WMA
MP3

Carlos is 49...

WMA

MP3

Jamal is 28...

WMA

MP3

8. – 9. Class Projects:
Chronic Diseases


10. Class Projects:
Presentations
11. A Healthy Diet and the
Food Pyramid
Hi, Lisa. How have you
been?

WMA  

MP3

12. Obesity in America
13. Fitness and Exercise


Have you ever seen someone
walking briskly?

WMA

MP3

What do you think stretch exercises do? Do you want to increase
your flexibility...

WMA
MP3

Let’s begin in a standing position...

WMA
MP3

14. Paying for Healthcare
15. Health Insurance

Welcome to the Coast
Company...

WMA

MP3

You can choose either GBC or Well Plan...

WMA

MP3

Hey, Charlie, how are you doing?

WMA
MP3

16. Patient Rights and
Responsibilities (Part 1): Privacy Rights / Medical Consent Forms
 

 

17. Patient Rights and
Responsibilities (Part 2): Hospital Patients' Bill of Rights



 
18. Using the Internet to Find
Health Information
19. Using the Internet for
Nutrition and Menu Planning
20. Searching for Health
Information on the Internet (Computer-based Session)
Appendices
Dialogue Sheets
Workbook Contents

Adult Learner Program Manager: Susan Dalmas, sdalmas@queenslibrary.org

Health Literacy Curriculum Developer: Judy Trupin, jtrupin@queenslibrary.org
Production Design: David Ford
Illustrations: Maryam Shabaaz
Pilot Teachers: Geremias De La Cruz, Stephanie Chellapen, MaryAnn Gottlieb, Sandra McElvey, Beatrice Osterer, Jennifer Wieland

Background information for teachers developed with the assistance of Kate Goheen, Health Literacy Fellow 2007, and Leslie Short, Health Literacy Intern 2006, New York City Mayor’s Office of Adult Education.

Special thanks to all of the Queens Library Adult Learner Program staff who lent their voices and images for our audio recordings and visuals.

Funding for the Queens Library Adult Learner Program health literacy webpages provided by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.