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

Taylor, Victoria M and Coronado, Gloria and Acorda, Elizabeth and Teh, Chong and Tu, Shin-Ping and Yasui, Yutaka and Bastani, Roshan and Hislop, T Gregory (2008) Development of an ESL curriculum to educate Chinese immigrants about hepatitis B. Journal of community health, 33 (4). pp. 217-224. ISSN 0094-5145

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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.

Item Type: Article or Abstract
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DOI: 10.1007/s10900-008-9084-x
PubMed ID: 18373185
PMCID: PMC2691859
Grant Numbers: R01 CA097199-04, R01 CA113663-04, U01 CA114640-04
Keywords or MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adult; Asian Americans; Canada; China; Cultural Characteristics; Curriculum; Emigrants and Immigrants; Female; Health Education/methods; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Hepatitis B; Humans; Language; Male; Middle Aged;
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 17:38
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 14:42

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