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The “Learning in a New Language” module is intended for students who speak English as a second language (ESL), or who are new to American schools. In addition, this module will also help all students, as nursing is a challenging academic program and students often find they need to adjust their educational styles and skills to succeed. The module takes approximately 40-50 minutes.  This is a self-paced online program so you do not need to complete the entire module in one sitting, but can go through it at a pace that meets your need. 

Some suggestions to get the most out of each section of the learning module:

  • Print out the “Make a Plan” worksheet to take notes as you go through the modules. (Note that this document is a fillable .pdf that you can complete on your computer if you'd prefer.)
  • Identify if you have areas of concern as you go through each section, and write down suggestions that will be helpful to you.  Select one or two of these strategies to start using right away. 
  • Take time during the sections to reflect on your learning experiences.
  • Consider taking these notes to an advisor meeting for discussion.

As you progress in your nursing program, you may revisit the module as often as needed.  For example, if you find that your notes are not as helpful or complete as you would like, review that section again for more ideas.  

“Learning in a New Language” has been developed as part of a HRSA-funded project to support diversity in nursing under the direction of Dr. Ellen Dawson.

The developers of this program would also like to acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions to the development of this module: Jacqueline Wavelet, Dr. Laurie Posey, Dr. Karen Wyche, Karen Dawn, Liliane Duncan and Samer Aleem.

This project is/was supported in part by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureaus of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D19HP24306 and title Nursing Workforce Diversity for $999,147.00 . The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the Division of Nursing, BHPr, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government,





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