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A&P tips if English is not your first language

Everybody has their own challenges in anatomy and physiology —so don’t be discouraged.

Here are some tips and links that you may find helpful in grappling with A&P in English.

  • Enroll in the Supplement course. This course meets one hour a week to learn ways to enhance study of A&P and also to work on concerns of students as they study A&P. Click here for more information.
    • If you have not yet started your A&P course, consider the online REFRESHER course that reviews basic science concepts that you’ll need to be succesful in A&P. Click here for more information.
  • Try to TAKE IT SLOW.  Give yourself enough time to think about what you are hearing and reading.
  • Ask for help in the course.  As your professor, I am very happy to help you understand the concepts of this course . . . even when that means helping you with language comprehension.
  • Take extra care on test and exam questions.  The language used in test items is very precise and a small misinterpretation could mean a big difference in meaning.
    • If you need extra time on in-class exams because of your language issues, then talk to me early in the semester to discuss whether alternate arrangements for you may help.
  • Get help from your ESL teacher or counselor, if you have one.

ESL-friendly course design elements

  • Most test are online, with no limits allow you to take your time to understand the questions
  • Learning Outlines help you follow the lecture/discussion sessions and spell out key terms and phrases
  • In-class exams allow you to bring a sheet of notes, including helps for understanding English
  • Tutoring available in the A&P “open labs” and at the ACE Center

ESL-friendly textbook features

  • Printed pronunciation guides for every key term
  • Online audio prununciation guides
  • Online audio chapter summaries
  • Clear chapter organization using numerous headings and subheadings
  • Easy-to-understand writing style
  • Free, personalized one-on-one online tutoring

Links to other resources

English as a Second Language (ESL) describes SCC’s FREE help for non-native English speakers

AEL-GED-ESL Classes gives schedule information about SCC’s English as a Second Language offerings

Student Services describes SCC’s program for helping you at the beginning, middle, or end of any course . . . when you feel overwhelmed

ESL/ELL Resources to Succeed in School  Over 50 links to resources

The College Transition Guide for ESL Students: How to Prepare for College, Get into College & Thrive as a Student

Dave’s ESL Cafe The Internet’s Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World

English as a Second Language English as a Second Language is a starting point for ESL learners who want to learn English through the Web.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their English listening comprehension skills through listening practice, self-grading, etc.

ESL PartyLand ESL students and teachers can find loads to do here!

5 Minute English Learning English as a second language is not always easy, but it should be fun. This site gives you short, easy explanations and exercises. You can also find answers to questions that other students have had about confusing things in English.

ESL Reference Guide for Spanish Speakers List of links to a variety of helpful sites regarding vocabulary, grammar, spelling, reading, and more.

Native Monks Learn English online via Skype from native tutors.

World Literacy Up Close graph shows the most common types of mistakes in English and a link to a list of most often misspelled terms.


Last updated: September 22, 2020 at 9:41 am