Health Lessons From External Sites

Since health is such a critical topic in ESL classes, there are some excellent health units available online. Here are some of those resources 

Project SHINE – MetLife Foundation  ESL Health Units 

This is a series of health literacy units for ESL students.  The abstract and review of units is available here
Quick Links to the units are below 

Unit One- The Doctor’s Office introduces language that may be used during a trip to the doctor’s office. Students will learn how to schedule appointments, describe pain and symptoms, and understand a voicemail message.

Unit Two- The Hospital covers vocabulary that a student might encounter when discussing surgery or a trip to the emergency room. Students will learn how to interact and speak assertively in an emergency room environment, and use the present perfect tense to describe their health history.

Unit Three – Managing Illness specifically covers the vocabulary that accompanies high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Students will learn how to speak about the risk factors and symptoms surrounding these conditions.  

Unit Four – Healthy Aging explores stress and the terminology surrounding it. Students will learn how to manage stress, as well as identify its warning signs. 

Unit Five- Taking Medications covers medication and alternative medicine. Students will learn how to ask their doctor important questions about medication, prevent dangerous drug interactions, and discuss the pros and cons of alternative treatments. 

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association – Health Literacy 

Health Talk: A Health Literacy Curriculum for English Language Learners developed by Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) –  There are nine modules that make up this series. Each module is a downloadable PDF file that focuses on one particular part of the health  care system and contains multiple lessons plans for that subject that can be used for various levels. There are wonderful visuals and activity sheets.  Although the series discusses the Canadian health system, many of the activities can be used as is or with a few modifications.  Module #1 is the one that has the most references to  the Canadian health system – the rest have some references but provide generic health education.