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Student issue, English as second language

  1. 0 I am wondering how educators deal with students who speak English as their second language when they are extremely difficult to understand? Appropriate, effective communication is such a critical component of nursing and there is absolutely no way to be a good nurse without it. Any pointers for helping students succeed who are struggling with English? THANKS!
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  3. Visit  BSNChirpNICU profile page
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    Hi, I just started my first teaching job at a unaccredited LPN school- most of the students are ESL; most can speak clearly with a strong accent but there are a few who I have a very very difficult time understanding. AND they cannot comprehend/read medical terminology very clearly either- (low grades because of this)
    I find myself trying to teach 'down' to them just so they can understand. I am going to recommend to the struggling students that they take free medical terminology course online or take more ESL classes locally. Otherwise they will not make it.
  4. Visit  JBudd profile page
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    I did a paper on ESL nursing students. There just isn't a whole lot out there for them, but some of the tips are:

    -providing lecture notes ahead of time so they have time to look up vocabulary
    -pairing them with students willing to have study groups, where they can practice their English with friendly corrections
    -allowing bilingual dictionaries to be used during exams
    -teach test taking skills; identify the stem, and what qualifiers are, many ESL try to understand individual words instead of the phrase as a whole
    -some studies showed ESL students come out of public systems where they were shunted away from the college track, and may never have learned research or computer skills: but intro to support services, library resources and professional data bases benefits all students, not just the ESL group
    - require presentations in English in "safe areas", such as small groups, before they have to "perform" in wider public venues, such as the hospital, so they can get feedback