Over the past 15 years, the number of ESL/no English patients that doctors have been seeing has increased exponentially. With this in mind, here is a list of best practices for communicating with ESL patients that doctors, and other healthcare professionals, should keep in mind when confronted with an ESL/no English patient.
With a little time and enough effort, learning English can be made easier. Rather than depend on traditional language education, employing technology is a desirable option. In particular, using eLearning, which is a method of learning that focuses on technology tools, offers promise for companies seeking to teach English to employees. While there is much support for English as a second language learning via technology, there are four main benefits--high flexibility, autonomous learning, learning content interaction, and great motivation.
From confusing homophones to nonsensical idioms, English can be a notoriously difficult language to learn, especially for younger students. But thanks to modern technology and the Internet, language educators now have the tools to offer students a more immersive, multimedia learning environment that can help to bridge the gap between cultures.