Women's health and well-being in prison - Part 2

This Teachers pack addresses women's health in prisons by helping learners to discuss related issues including personal hygiene, mental health and being pregnant in prison. It also makes learners aware of support available to them.

Unit 1 - Keeping clean and healthy - Teacher’s notes

This resource has been designed for women in prison and supports language development in speaking and listening in the context of health and hygiene. Speaking and listening activities build core vocabulary on personal care that areused in reading and writing. It develops knowledge and skills for the practical use of the prison canteen ordering sheet. The session covers elements of personal and social development.

Unit 2 - Mental health

This unit focuses on the difficult and sensitive issues of mental health in prison. It teaches basic vocabulary about mental health issues, gives practice in speaking and listening skills to support learners to talk about mental health and their feelings and respond to written texts. The unit supports reading and writing skills including building verb/word families, adjectives, reading for meaning and writing using writing frames. Learners find out about sources of support including the Samaritans’ Listener scheme that features in a video.

Unit 3 - Pregnancy and having a baby in prison

This unit involves reading texts centred on mother and baby units (MBU) and antenatal care. It introduces useful vocabulary for antenatal care and provides lots of opportunity for discussion. It also offers extension and alternative activities extend learners language and understanding of coping with pregnancy and giving birth in prison. Additional material is provided for teachers which they can use to develop further resources for pregnant women in their class,

Level: Entry level 1-3 / National 2-4 / CEFR A1 -B1

Structure, learning hours and delivery context

  • The resources developed for each unit may be used independently or as a mini course along with Women’s Health and Wellbeing in Prison Part 1.
  • It takes a whole language approach but focuses on making key language related to health care understandable in a prison context.
  • Timings are flexible since learners can work at their own pace, teachers can adapt the resource to suit their learners and build in revision as required and can break down the units into smaller chunks of learning and build in revision as required.
  • The resource is suitable for female offenders learning ESOL in prisons.

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