“I Feel Better”

January 31, 2018 at 8:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

El Mehdi’s 2015 essay reminds us of the many common issues our learners share. This piece in particular emphasizes the vital, sometimes lifesaving significance of knowing English. Health literacy is an important part of managing illnesses and staying healthy, something that El Mehdi knows well. At the end of his essay, El Mehdi mentions his heart condition that requires him to avoid salt. With English, he can clearly communicate this in restaurants, keeping him safe.

“I can talk to my customers. My supervisor used to criticize me because I didn’t speak good English. I wanted to do better. Now, I can talk to my neighbors. I can talk to the nurse in the Doctor’s office. I can explain my situation at work. I feel better. I can go to restaurant and order my food–I have a heart condition, and I need to eat food with no salt.”

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