Free HELP Curriculum


HELP (Health Education Literacy Program) curriculum

IHA has developed a comprehensive, multilevel curriculum that is unlike anything else available. As learners begin to master reading, writing, and speaking in English, they are also learning healthcare skills to become effective child caregivers.



HELP uses a unique approach

You may have a learner whose ability to listen and understand exceeds their ability to read, write, or speak English. Or you may have a learner who speaks and understands spoken English, but does not read or write English. What to do?

This curriculum lets you provide parallel instruction to learners at different levels. In addition, as learners become more proficient, they can easily move to a higher level of instruction. The unique design allows for a degree of flexibility that is unparalleled in ESL education.

HELP addresses over 20 topics

The curriculum covers 20 topics from What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick. The writers chose the topics that they judged to be the most basic (such as safety and what to do when your child has a fever) or the most relevant for school-age children (such as head lice and impetigo).

Teachers can choose topics based on what learners need, or learners can select topics they want to know more about. Each topic forms a single, stand-alone unit, so units can be used in any order. Each unit can be used with learners at all levels.


Supplemental materials

    The curriculum comes with:

  • Tool for assessing each learner’s level
  • Visual glossary
  • Textual glossary

Curriculum background

Rhonda Atkinson, PhD, Catherine Frazier, MSE, and Tom Atkinson, PhD, wrote the curriculum. The project was funded through a grant from the Louisiana State Department of Education.