Author Interview with Diana Satin: Project Care - Health Care Case Studies, Multimedia and Projects for English Language Learners
Submitted by Michael Cruse on May 30, 2018 - 5:56am
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Welcome to today’s author interview, with Diana Satin.
Many members already know Diana as part of the LINCS Community. For those who do not, Diana has worked in adult education for over 20 years, teaching and developing curriculum, on a variety of different topics. She is a previous Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Teacher of the Year, and has written and spoken widely on the field, across the U.S.
In 2007, Diana and Steve Quann co-authored Project Care, which is a health care curriculum for high-intermediate to advanced English language learners who want to learn about caring for others while improving their communication with medical personnel. The curriculum includes four health-related topics, including: alcoholism and alcohol abuse; depression; Alzheimer’s disease; and death and dying. Each of these resources is available in the LINCS Resource Collection. Each supports the teaching of specific content that can be implemented by Adult ESL educators, and possibly others.
The curriculum’s website provides audio and video for listening practice, vocabulary development, project ideas and links to related-health information. The site is accompanied by a textbook, published by the University of Michigan Press.
I invited Diana to join us here today to talk more about Project Care, the process that she and Quann used to develop their experience in the classroom into a curriculum, and how she sees it being used in different adult education settings. I hope that you will join us in the conversation, by reviewing the curriculum, if you’re not familiar with it, asking questions, or sharing your experiences around the topic.
To begin, I’ll ask Diana two questions:
1. You’ve had a long career in adult education, starting in the classroom, and now working in professional development. How did your work with Project Care come about? What were the experiences that lead you to want to work on this project?