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New Web Site Provides English Instruction for Nursing Assistant Trainees

Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has launched a new Web site for English as a second language (ESL) learners who are preparing for certification as a nursing assistant. The site is called English for the Nursing Assistant (

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“This exciting project brings together technology, career technical education, and English language learning to help immigrants prepare for a gainful career,” said John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent at SCOE.  “Given the huge demand for free ESL instruction we are confident that the site will be well-received by students and teachers of entry level health career courses.”

“The site makes full use of multimedia, including video, animation and interactive learning activities,” said Andrea Willis, Director of Internet and Media Services at SCOE.

Web site visitors learn positive verbal and non-verbal communication skills, enabling them to communicate effectively on the job with both patients and other health care staff.

Each lesson offers ESL students multiple opportunities to practice listening for main ideas in a lecture, note-taking, pronouncing and understanding key vocabulary, reading academic text, and answering multiple choice questions that are similar to those found on the CNA State certification test.

This English for the Nursing Assistant Web site was produced by the same team of developers that created the highly-successful USA Learns ( Web site that gets more than 11,000 visitors daily who are also seeking to improve their English skills.


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