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New language packs are healthy way to teach English

PUBLISHED: 15:54 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

HEALTH chiefs in London's East End are helping non-English speakers get medical care easier with new language programme packs. They have produced two packs for English for Speakers of Other Languages' to be used by tutors. It means language students should find it easier to understand different health topics and be able to speak to their GPs

Gemma Collins

HEALTH chiefs in London’s East End are helping non-English speakers get medical care easier with new language programme packs.

They have produced two packs for English for Speakers of Other Languages’ to be used by tutors.

It means language students should find it easier to understand different health topics and be able to speak to their GPs.

The packs, which include posters and CD ROMS, were created by Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust and the Bromley-by-Bow community centre to bring health education to English classes across London.

“There are cultural barriers apart from the specialised vocabulary required which hinder people getting health care,” explained Linda Haslam, a tutor at the centre.

“The packs are designed to overcome these barriers, allowing learners to make informed choices about their health.”

The Bromley centre has already tried out the packs in two lessons, one class concentrating on breast screening and the other on how to give up smoking. The packs are now being distributed free to projects across London.

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