Development of an ESL curriculum to educate Chinese immigrants about hepatitis B

Victoria M. Taylor, Gloria Coronado, Elizabeth Acorda, Chong Teh, Shin-Ping Tu, Yutaka Yasui, Roshan Bastani, T. Gregory Hislop

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Abstract

Chinese immigrants to North America have substantially higher rates of chronic hepatitis B infection than the general population. One area for strategic development in the field of health education is the design and evaluation of English-as-a-Second language (ESL) curricula. The theoretical perspective of the Health Behavior Framework, results from a community-based survey of Chinese Canadian immigrants with limited English proficiency, and findings from focus groups of ESL instructors as well as Chinese ESL students were used to develop a hepatitis B ESL educational module. This research was conducted in Vancouver, BC. Survey data showed that less than three-fifths of the respondents had been tested for hepatitis B, and documented some important hepatitis B knowledge deficits. Further, only about one-quarter had ever received a physician recommendation for hepatitis B serologic testing. The ESL curriculum aims to both promote hepatitis B testing and improve knowledge, and includes seven different ESL exercises: Warm-up, vocabulary cards, information-gap, video, jigsaw, guided discussion, and problem/advice cards. Our quantitative and qualitative methods for curriculum development could be replicated for other health education topics and in other limited English speaking populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chinese immigrants
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • Health education
  • Hepatitis B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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    Taylor, V. M., Coronado, G., Acorda, E., Teh, C., Tu, S-P., Yasui, Y., Bastani, R., & Hislop, T. G. (2008). Development of an ESL curriculum to educate Chinese immigrants about hepatitis B. Journal of Community Health, 33(4), 217-224. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-008-9084-x