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Web Site Teaches Communication Skills for Nursing Assistants

Posted on 09/28/2011

English for Nursing Assistant

Many non-native English speakers seek careers in the medical field, and a new Web site has launched to support those learners with instruction specifically on communication skills for CNAs, English for the Nursing Assistant. The site offers four free lessons on effective communication for students enrolled in or planning to enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant course or a related course. The lessons included are:

  • Effective Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Communication Barriers
  • Communication Strategies

Each lesson includes a presentation of the theoretical concepts of communication in lecture form and then a presentation of the practical application of those concepts in clinical settings. Students are provided multiple opportunities to practice. Lesson activities include listening for main ideas and taking notes on the lectures, reading academic text, pronunciation, vocabulary development, and using positive communication skills.

The site may be used by students independently, or as supplemental material for a CNA or Vocational ESL course. The lessons were created by the same team that built the USA Learns Web site for English Language instruction. OTAN contributed to part of the development in line with its focus on increasing online instruction for adult learners.