CNA instructor - page 3

by pkt00

I am teaching a new CNA class. This program is new at the school where it is taking place. The issue that I'm having is that the class contains a fair amount of students that do not speak English very well ( that's me being nice... Read More


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    If the cna class is a continued ed program, there most likely is a esl class available there.
    The error is not on the instructor or students. The school should have hired a spanish speaking, or bilingual instructor for
    a class lacking English speaking skills. Or the school should have directed the students to have taken esl class first.
    Bilingual requirements usually require English as one of the languages, depending on the part of the country it may be
    neccesary in the end.

    Either way. Good luck
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    I fully support your proposal that the non-english speaking students have to take an ESL class. I mean really now, the ability to communicate in English should be mandatory. If we require school children to speak/read/write in English then so should ancillary staff working on patients.

    This is a NO BRAINER.
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    Quote from Bruce_Wayne
    I would be a jerk about it. If they would have been better suited being taught in another language then they should have signed up for a class taught in that language.

    The only thing I think I would do is initiate a rule where students may not interrupt lecture to ask questions and to save questions for designated times at designated stopping points in the lecture.

    In a perfect world, a student should be familiar with the vocabulary of the daily lecture because they would have seen the same words in the reading assignments they did before the lecture. Students can read the required reading at their own pace and look up any words they don't know in a glossary or dictionary.
    Well, you are the one who said "jerk". How does your plan help anyone - students, future patients, or their teacher?
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    Quote from kalevra
    I fully support your proposal that the non-english speaking students have to take an ESL class. I mean really now, the ability to communicate in English should be mandatory. If we require school children to speak/read/write in English then so should ancillary staff working on patients.

    This is a NO BRAINER.
    In theory, it's a no-brainer. In reality, "should" doesn't cut it. Do you have any practical suggestions for the OP?
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    Maybe the local church can help. Where I live, war refugees were brought in by the local parish and put to work as CNA's. They all spoke good English, which makes me think they learned English growing up in their original country. But maybe not. Maybe the religious leaders in their own community can help, can see to it that the students learn ESL.

    I think your Admin at the school needs to be made aware of the language problem if they are not already aware. Also, how do other teachers handle this problem?

    You might have to go public, go to future employers of these students, go to whoever licenses the school where you teach. Anonymously, of course.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    don't know what the "that's me being nice" comment is about, but its obvious you are not the right person for the job. Prometric does have options for taking the CNA in written portion in Spanish. More than likely, the school either needs someone who speaks their language or one can try to become more innovative at teaching. I bet $100 than there is a dual speaker in your class, have you even bothered to ask them? Have you consulted your boss for a translator? have you exhausted all resources to be able to teach?

    https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clie...WebVersion.pdf
    What if the language the students speak is not Spanish?
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    Quote from Kooky Korky
    In theory, it's a no-brainer. In reality, "should" doesn't cut it. Do you have any practical suggestions for the OP?

    Require them to be able to comprehend English.

    No English = No Class.

    These are grown adults we are talking about.
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    i AGREE VERY MUCH. ENGLISH NEEDS TO BE THEIR FIRST LANUGUAGE. YOU MAKE A VERY VALID POINT.
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