At the doctor’s
Level : 8 grade
Time : 40 – 45 minutes
Aim : To practice vocabulary related to everyday illnesses , their symptoms and
Materials : Sticky labels for each student, patient cards, doctor’s treatment cards,
doctor’s and patient’s instructions.
Key vocabulary : Symptoms : be itchy, catch a cold, have a cough, have a headache, have a
high temperature, have a rash, have a sore throat, have a backache, have
stomach ache, lose weight, put on weight, scratch, sneeze, sprain, suffer from
Treatments : antibiotics, bandage, cough mixture, cream, diet, exercises, go to
hospital for some tests, have an operation, injection, painkillers, tablets,
vitamins, X – ray.
Warm-up : 1.Ask the class brainstorm reasons why someone might go to see the doctor.
Make a list on the board of the problems and symptoms .
2.Ask the class to complete the following sentences
(eye, wrist, ear, ankle, neck)
I can’t walk. My_______ hurts.
I can’t turn my head. I have a sore________.
I can’t write. My ______hurts.
I can’t see. There’s something in my ______.
I can’t hear. My _______is very sore.
3.Tell students to imagine that they are at the doctor’s surgery and try to elicit
a typical dialogue from them .Listen to the key phrases on the tape, e.g.
Doctor: Good morning. How can I help you?
Patient: I’ve got a rash on my arm.
Doctor: How long have you had it?
Patient: About two days.
Doctor: I’ll give you a prescription for some cream.
Patient: Thank you, doctor. Good bye.
Ask students to practice the dialogue in pairs and substitute different health
problems and treatments.
Main activity: 1.Divide the class into two equal groups; one group of doctors and one group
2.Give a sticky label to each doctor and each patient. Ask them to choose a
name, write it on the label and wear it as a badge.
3.Give each patient one of the patient cards and the patient instructions and give
each doctor a doctor’s treatment cards and the doctor instructions.
4.Go through the instructions sheet with the whole class and check that they
understand the task.
5.Allow students to do the role plays and stop the activity after an appropriate
6.When each patient student has seen three different doctors, they should decide
which is the best doctor and why.
Each doctor student will find out later whether each patient was satisfied with
the advice they gave them.
Homework : Write a list of five common medical problems and the possible treatments for
| Doctor’s treatment card
Medicines: Other treatments:
tablets bandage stitches,
cream diet sheet hospital tests,
cough mixture rest avoid stress,
antibiotics exercise avoid heavy lifting,
vitamins X – ray avoid smoking,
injection operation avoid alcohol.
|“I’m putting on too much weight.”||“I’ve got a headache and my throat is sore.”||“I’ve got an itchy rash on my arm.”||“I’ve cut my finger and it’s bleeding a lot.”|
|“I’m tired all the time.”||“I’ve got terrible backache”||“I think I’ve sprained my ankle.”||“I can’t get to sleep at night.”|
| Doctor instructions
A number of patients are waiting to see you with different problems. They will ask you to help them.
Ask the patient:
-what can I do for you?
-how long have you had this trouble?
-what do you think caused it?
Listen to their answers and then suggest a treatment that will help them.
| Patient instructions
You are not feeling well, and you want some medical advice. The doctor will ask you:
-what your problem is
-how long you have had the problem
-what you think caused it
You should answer the questions with as much detail as possible.