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Opinions from ESL instructors and students about curricula on hepatitis B for use in immigrant communities.

Coronado, Gloria D and Taylor, Victoria M and Hislop, T Gregory and Teh, Chong and Acorda, Elizabeth and Do, H Hoai and Chen, Hueifang and Thompson, Beti (2008) Opinions from ESL instructors and students about curricula on hepatitis B for use in immigrant communities. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, 23 (3). pp. 161-166. ISSN 1543-0154

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BACKGROUND: Chinese immigrants in Canada have a disproportionately high risk for hepatitis B compared with non-Hispanic Whites. Hepatitis B is the leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma among Asian immigrants to North America. English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes are an effective way of reaching newly immigrated individuals and are a potential channel for delivering health messages. METHODS: Using data from 6 focus groups among ESL instructors and students, we characterized perceptions about activities that are successfully used in ESL classrooms and strategies for delivering hepatitis B information. RESULTS. Instructors and students generally reported that activities that focused on speaking and listening skills and that addressed content relevant to students' daily lives were successful in the classroom. Instructors generally avoided material that was irrelevant or too difficult to understand. Focus group participants offered strategies for delivering hepatitis B information in ESL classrooms; these strategies included addressing symptoms and prevention and not singling out a specific population subgroup to avoid stigmatization. CONCLUSIONS: These findings might assist efforts to develop ESL curricula that target immigrant populations.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Cancer Education 2008;23(3):161-6. The Journal of Cancer Education is available online at:
DOI: 10.1080/08858190802039151
PubMed ID: 18709587
PMCID: PMC2845299
Grant Numbers: R01 CA113663-05
Keywords or MeSH Headings: Adult; Asian Continental Ancestry Group/education; Attitude; Canada; China/ethnology; Curriculum; European Continental Ancestry Group; Expert Testimony; Female; Focus Groups; Health Education/methods/organization & administration; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Hepatitis B/prevention & control; Hepatitis B Vaccines/therapeutic use; Hepatitis B virus/pathogenicity; Humans; Language; Liver Neoplasms/virology; Residence Characteristics; Teaching/methods/organization & administration;
Subjects: Education > Health education
Diseases > Viral diseases
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 17:34
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 14:43

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