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This resource addresses men's health in prisons.

Level: Entry level 1-3 / Scottish Access 2 - Intermediate 1 / CEFR A1 - B1

The resource is divided into 3 units:

Unit 1 - Feeling ill in prison

Unit 1 focuses on describing ailments to healthcare staff in prison. This is an important skill for life inside and outside of prison. The unit provides the opportunity to practise talking about common ailments and symptoms.  Key language is presented in a dialogue between a prisoner and a prison nurse during a routine diabetes check. He is having problems with his eye sight and foot ulcers.  Learners complete word order exercises and substitution charts with useful phrases for talking about health and illness. The context is then used to practise using ‘for’, ‘since’ and ‘ago’ with the present perfect and past simple. 

Unit 2 - Healthcare in prison

This unit focuses on people and where they work in healthcare, as well as their specific roles. It also introduces a prisoner asking for help and receiving advice and provides practice in asking for help, using indirect language. 

Unit 3 - Health and exercise

This unit will focus on the increased benefits to health from exercise in prison and in everyday life. The unit provides the opportunity to build vocabulary relating to common stress-related conditions such as anger and depression, plus some phrasal verbs in conjunction with practical exercises and relaxation tips to provide calm and wellbeing. Key language is presented in a dialogue between two prisoners talking about gym activities available to them. Learners complete gap fill and vocabulary exercises with phrasal verbs for sport and games. 

Structure, learning hours and delivery context​

  • The resources developed for each unit may be used independently or together with the self-access workbook ‘Healthcare in prison’.
  • It takes a whole language approach but focuses on making key language related to healthcare understandable in a prison context.
  • Timings are flexible since learners can work through at their own pace, teachers can adapt the resource to suit their learners and build in revision as required and can break down the units into smaller chunks of learning and build in revision as required. 
  • The resource is suitable for male offenders learning ESOL in prisons.