Anatomy and Physiology for English Language Learners

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Anatomy & Physiology for English Language Learners is an introduction to basic anatomy and physiology. It presents science content and language skills necessary for success in academic science courses such as anatomy and physiology and human biology.


The book is designed for readers at the high-intermediate level of English. Its goal is to prepare English language learners for success in future nursing an allied health, prerequisite courses. It can also be used by readers who already hold nursing or allied health degrees in their countries and are preparing to take certification examinations in the United States.


The book consists of twelve chapters, each focusing on a particular organ system. Every chapter contains:

  • A brief introduction to the topic
  • Anatomy and physiology content with level-appropriate readings
  • Comprehension checks
  • Building language and study skills sections
  • Focus on culture section
  • Work-type chapter review

At the end of the book, there are four achievement tests designed for in-class or self-testing; a pronunciation guide with phonetic symbols used in the book; conversion charts for metric and English systems, a word parts section that offers explanation of affixes that form scientific vocabulary; an answer key for comprehension checks and achievement tests; and a subject index.

Key Topics:  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, The Integumentary System, The Skeletal System, The Muscular System, The Nervous System, Part 1, The Nervous System, Part 2, The Digestive System, Blood and Body Defenses, Cardiovascular System, The Respiratory System, The Urinary System, The Reproductive System

Market Description: Those interested in learning the basics of anatomy & physiology for english language leaners

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Designed for English Language Learners who are entering the health-care field or preparing for college-level science courses, this new text provides an introduction to basic anatomy and physiology. Using clear language and simple analogies to illustrate concepts, Anatomy and Physiology for English Language Learners, by Judy Meier Penn and Elizabeth Hanson, features fully integrated language development, including functional practice in checking comprehension, giving definitions, and much more.


Focusing on a particular organ system, each chapter includes a high-interest opening vignette, extensive illustrations, level-appropriate readings, comprehension checks, vocabulary development and practice, and a section on high-frequency verbs used in scientific contexts. A comprehensive workbook-type review at the end of each chapter includes test items from actual anatomy and physiology texts.



  • A student-friendly tone and logical content organization with an abundance of diagrams and graphs
  • Readings on physiological processes, such as homeostasis, cellular metabolism, respiration, and digestion, accompanied by challenging activities that encourage criticial thinking
  • Information on common medical problems and disorders
  • Useful study skills and strategies to ensure student success
  • Cross-cultural activities that highlight cultural diversity and provide opportunities for students to offer their own insights
  • Achievement tests at the end of the book

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