Survival English Students Practice Emergency Response

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

Learning and speaking a second language is difficult, but it can be even harder during emergency situations.

A class at the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Menomonie is teaching "survival" English to Chinese and Hmong Americans.

As part of the class, students got the chance to learn from emergency medical technician training students about what happens after a 9-1-1 call.

After one student pretended to have a heart attack, another placed the phone call and emergency responders arrived.

The patient was treated and then loaded into the ambulance and transported to the hospital.

The course's instructor complimented his students’ efforts.

"[English as Second Language] students are so hardworking," says Tim Stanton. "They understand this is critical to their survival in this country and for their success and so they are the best students possible."

Monday’s exercise was also a chance for the EMT class to practice responding to a situation where there is a language barrier.

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