About Us

The Project

The English for the Nursing Assistant Web site was designed to support English as a Second Language (ESL) students who are preparing for certification as a nursing assistant (CNA). The site corresponds to the Communication Skills chapter in many CNA textbooks.

This online module consists of four lessons. Each lesson includes a presentation of the theoretical concepts of communication in lecture form and a presentation of the practical application of those concepts in clinical settings. Students have multiple opportunities to practice:

The target audience is English language learners in a CNA course with high intermediate to advanced English language skills.

The Developers

The Sacramento County Office of Education’s Internet and Media Services Department developed the English for the Nursing Assistant Web site and has developed many of the most widely used Web resources in adult education, including USA Learns, English For All and California Distance Learning Project (CDLP)Online. SCOE is home to a number of adult education and technology projects including the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), and SCOE is nationally recognized as a center with expertise in the design and use of instructional technology in adult learning.


John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services
Andrea Willis, Project Manager
Mike Fox, Flash Programmer, Voiceover Artist
Evelyn Fella, Lead Content Writer
Melinda Holt, Project Specialist
Raymond Fox, Multimedia Design Specialist
George Phillips, Information Architect
Doug Rennie, Digital Video Specialist
Jean Fox, Voiceover Artist
Dylan Fox, Voiceover Artist
Donna Price, Content Consultant

Special Thanks

A special thanks goes out to the students, teachers and administrators at the Kings Regional Occupation Program offered through the Corcoran Unified School District. Their dedication to this project made it possible for us to provide accurate information about the Nursing Assistant curriculum and to include videos and photos of students in action as they learn the strategies required to become an excellent nursing assistant.

Bobbi McGrory, ROP Instructor of Health Occupation I course and RN
Jane Haney, ROP Instructor of Health Occupation I course and LVN with a BA degree
Rob Moeller, patient/actor and retired school principal
Kathi Felder, Academic Technology Coach and Grant Project Manager
Eric, student
Lacrisha (a.k.a. "Trisha"), student
Paola, student


The Web site was funded by two projects of the California Department of Education. Primary funding was provided by a Senate Bill 70 (SB70) grant through the Workforce Innovations Unit, with additional funding being provided by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network as a part of their distance learning project.


For assistance with the English for the Nursing Assistant Web site, send email to cnaenglish@scoe.net

For further information about the overall project or other inquiries about English for the Nursing Assistant, contact:

John Fleischman
Sacramento County Office of Education
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003