Understanding the Emergency Room - English Language Learning Curriculum

The Minnesota Literacy Council created this curriculum with funding from ECHO (Emergency, Community, Health, and Outreach). The goal of the curriculum is to educate students on the different types of medical care available including Emergency Departments, Urgent Care, and Primary Care Providers. It teaches students how to explain their ailments, make appointments, and ensure their medical needs are being met appropriately. We invite you to adapt it for your own classrooms.


Unit Overview

This is a 1-week unit where students will become familiar with the Emergency Room, Urgent Care, and Primary clinic. They will be able to differentiate between “serious” and “not serious” conditions, describe symptoms to a doctor, and practice making appointments at a clinic. They will also learn how to find a Primary Doctor near them and about Medical Assistance. Intermediate Level (CASAS reading scores of 201-220).



Emergency Room Unit Curriculum