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Health Literacy Helping Adult Learners to Communicate with Health Professionals

Extend Your Program Impact through Health Literacy Instruction

Facilitator: Winston Lawrence Audience: ESOL, ABE & GED/HSE instructors

Facilitator: Winston Lawrence Audience: Program managers

Adult learners face many challenges as they seek to maintain their health while attending classes regularly. This workshop will assist teachers in developing curricula and instruction to help adult learners communicate orally and in writing with healthcare professionals. The facilitator will introduce key concepts in health literacy and discuss barriers to communication that students with limited literacy skills frequently encounter, including medical jargon and dense texts. We will then identify tools and techniques to reduce or eliminate these barriers. The workshop will include activities teachers can use to build students’ oral and written communication skills.

Participants will learn ways that health literacy instruction can help literacy programs highlight positive student outcomes. These outcomes can be documented and used to show program impact to funders and community decision-makers. We will also discuss ways in which adult literacy programs can help build capacity in their communities through health and literacy activities. Date: HLT 14-101 - Tuesday, September 24 Time: 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Date: HLT 14-100 - Thursday, October 17 Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Melissa Nieves Director of Adult Education Union Settlement Association “Melissa Nieves has taught me to never give up on my goals and dreams, no matter how hard or what gets in my way.” Kimberly Trenard, student 16

NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  

Catalog of the professional development workshops offered at the Literacy Assistance Center September 2013 through January 2014.