health care workers

English Health Train

English language skills for health care



Mark Alexandra



The learning outcomes of the English Health Train pilot program were impressive in all measures, both oral and written, summative and formative. Perhaps the most remarkable evidence of the program’s success, however, were the unintended outcomes that occurred, from the health jobs attained before the end of the program to the high level of regained confidence directly attributed to English Health Train by the participants.

Participants consistently mentioned an increased “level of self-confidence”, such as the confidence needed to explore new career options, interview for new jobs, enroll in new courses, and generally move closer to succeeding in health care in the U.S.

Their own voices and stories provide the greatest rationale for sustaining, supporting, and expanding a program that brings such health professionals much closer to reaching their goals, or empowers them to explore new ones.

A few of their personal stories are presented here.