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Is understanding health information a concern for your learner? Do prescriptions and medicine bottles make him or her worry – especially if he or she has children? Are medical forms and the whole medical process intimidating?

The Internet offers a host of resources to help learners develop their health literacy. A sampling include:

  • “Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy”
    from the National Center for ESL Literacy Association
    This article features picture stories called “Emergency,” “Depressed,” “A Doctor’s Appointment,” “The Right Dose,” and more, to begin discussions on health issues and includes sample questions to ask.
  • A Health Literacy Curriculum
    from the El Paso Collaborative
    This online curriculum guide includes lessons on diabetes, breast health, menopause, lead poisoning, household hazards and nutrition. The lessons include activity ideas and hand-outs.
Good health is a gift that cannot be purchased. Safeguarding it is an important responsibility, and building literacy skills is a key step in being able to do so with increased confidence.

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