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Nutrition lessons for ESOL (and Beginning ABE) learners

Dear Colleagues:

The Queens Library Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL Learners is one of the mainstays of the LINCS Health Literacy Resource Collection. It is written for a library-based class to improve English language skills in the context of learning about health, but can be used in ESOL and Beginning ABE classes. It containing 20 units with lesson plans, pair and class-wide interactive activities, worksheets and audio files, including two units on nutrition:

The Healthy Foods unit uses flashcards of a small group of familiar fruits and vegetables.  I wonder if your students with smartphones would be interested in taking pictures of additional fruits and vegetables so the class could make new flashcards using MicroSoft Word or a similar program (see How to Make Flash Cards)?  Would students be interested in writing their own short dialogue based on the one in the unit and recording it using a cellphone?

Eating Healthy Using the Food Pyramid could be updated by teachers or as a class using handouts.   In this unit, student create their own food diary, examine a sample food diary and suggest changes based on nutritional information.  As Health Literacy member, Robin Lovrien, has mentioned -- students new to the U.S. often eat traditional diets that include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This activity could reinforce maintaining nutritious, traditional diets.

Are you using nutrition, diet, shopping and label reading, etc. as a topic with your students?  Would your students enjoy the challenge of creating their own their own materials?  Do you do that already?


Health Literacy Moderator