Great new health literacy resources for beginners -- with supports in various languages

Hello colleagues, Our wonderful colleagues in Canada have produced some amazing new health literacy resources for beginning level English learners, including learners who have had limited formal schooling. These materials include videos in English and various languages with transcripts and instructional support resources.

See the message below for a summary of what's available and a link to access the materials.

<<On June 23rd, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) and Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic launched a Health Literacy Resources site. CIWA provides an amazing bank of videos and resources to help people access healthcare services. These tools support newcomers as they learn to navigate the healthcare system, reducing the barriers to accessing services and improving health literacy outcomes. The health literacy partnership project brought together beginning level literacy learners and their LESLLA practitioners with healthcare professionals to create tools specifically designed for use by LESLLA learners and their support networks.

Titles in the video series include:

  • What happens at the Family Doctor?
  • What happens at a Mammogram?
    What happens at the Dentist?
    What happens at the Eye Doctor?
    and more!
  • What happens at the Dentist?
  • What happens at the Eye Doctor?
  • and more!

Video languages currently include:
Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, Tigrinya, and Urdu

Printable tools include:

- a Teacher's Guide, full-colour storybooks, and suggested activities to accompany the videos

- My Health Passport and My Language Card

- tools for Healthcare Professionals such as a Guide and Chart of strategies to support communication with LESLLA patients  

Click here to view a recording of the launch event so you can hear from the organizations and individuals who created these resources on how you can access and utilize them with your learners. 

The video of the live event can be viewed through the Microsoft Teams app or on the web. If you do not have Microsoft Teams, click on "Watch on the web instead" and then "Join anonymously" to view the recorded event.>> 

Take care, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP