Coronavirus Vocabulary and Speaking Lesson

Updated June 15th 2021

The news  around the recent coronavirus  includes a lot of vocabulary commonly used in discussions of epidemics. This is a good teaching topic for students studying in the fields of health and the medical sciences. Of course, it is such an important public health topic that it’s good for all students.

1 Inventing a Vaccine to Save the World

Katalin Kariko and the story of mRNA

This is a reading comprehension exercise about the people who invented a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccine worksheet for students

Inventing a Vaccine to Save the World  (PDF)

Inventing a Vaccine to Save the World

 2 Coronavirus vaccine

This is similar to the earlier exercises (below) but focuses on the vaccines for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccine worksheet for students

Coronavirus vaccine  (PDF)

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 3 Coronavirus: effects, testing and statistics

This exercise deals with some of the impacts and issues surrounding the coronavirus. It expands into vocabulary for dealing with a pandemic (a public health crisis) and an economic crisis.

Testing and statistics vocabulary exercise for the coronavirus

Coronavirus: effects, testing and statistics  (PDF)

4 Parts of speech for infectious diseases/coronavirus

This is a bit more challenging and advanced. It gets deeper into the grammar and language used to talk about a pandemic.

Infectious diseases and coronavirus vocabulary and grammar worksheet

Parts of speech for infectious diseases/coronavirus  (PDF)

 5 Coronavirus lesson 2020

I have been teaching  the English language to medical technology students for many years so I have accumulated a lot of medical sciences related  materials. In particular, I have a good library of images relating to medical topics.  I realized that it would be quite easy to create a worksheet for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus 2020 vocabulary and speaking worksheet.

Coronavirus 2020  (PDF)

  6 Coronavirus reading comprehension

This is another  exercise that focuses on the language of public health issues and the coronavirus.

Coronavirus reading comprehension lesson

Coronavirus reading comprehension  (PDF)

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