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General resources for HSS Professionals

Health related topics

Links to ESL websites focusing on the language used in the Health and Social Services Domain

For use by teachers and students/professionals

1. EFL Laboratory

Website’s description: “This site targets listening, reading, and writing skills for students enrolled in the health sciences. Here you can improve your reading, writing, and vocabulary skills in the building blocks of the health sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. However, when you are up to a challenge, work through health science reading and writing exercises. If you want to practice your English and study for an upcoming test at the same time, check out the course section.”

2. ESLflow

This website is an ideal resource for teachers looking for ready-made lesson plans on a range of health issues, including ESL health literacy, nutrition, parts of the body, medical English, etc.

3. Centre for Applied Linguistics

Website’s description: “These picture stories are designed to help ESOL instructors address topics of health and well-being. They have been designed to act as safe, impersonal prompts to allow students to discuss difficult topics, ask questions, and obtain information. The picture stories are a useful teaching tool because they use the students' own language, experiences and observations to create a product, their own story. Furthermore, they promote speaking, listening, reading and writing, while letting students decide on the content.”

4. Englishclub ESL Learning Centre

Website's description: "These pages can help nurses, doctors, pharmacists, paramedics, receptionists, specialists or even those who volunteer. They will help you learn some basic English expressions and vocabulary related to the medical field. By studying and practising Medical English, you will be able to make your patients feel more comfortable, and have a better understanding of their needs. You will also learn how to talk to their loved ones and communicate with other medical staff who speak English. Do the exercises and take the quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding."


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