ERIC Number: ED472695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-30
Health Care Self-Advocacy and Adult ESL Students.
This paper describes how to teach speakers of English as a Second Language (ESL) to advocate for themselves regarding their health. It offers two stories about young immigrants who appear to be having a negative physical and emotional response to their lives in the United States. It presents a list of questions to determine students' comprehension and provides suggested topics for class discussion. It also offers ideas for ESL speakers if they need health care but do not have insurance (e.g., go to a free clinic and use a payment plan). The paper presents the following: tips on how to act and what to say in the doctor's office or hospital (e.g., ask questions, take a friend, and make informed decisions); questions for the doctor about treatment (e.g., what the diagnosis is and what the test results mean); questions for the doctor about surgery (e.g., what the name of the surgery is and why the surgery is needed); suggestions for dealing with medicines (e.g., ask the doctor to write the prescription clearly and inform the doctor about current medications); and questions to ask the doctor about medicines (e.g., what the medicine is and why it is necessary); (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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