Elementary illness and symptoms language is more easily taught to English as a Second language students with the support of a variety of exercises and with the support of pictures and audio which can be used to give context and visually demonstrate medical conditions. Picture-matching and listening exercises work extremely well as icebreakers before speaking or reading exercises.
This is an English language exercise introducing and practicing the language and vocabulary of health problems and illnesses. Students listen to the audio and try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures. Students then answer the questions at the bottom of the page.
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This is an elementary English language exercise exploring verbs commonly used in health and medical treatments. Students listen to the audio, match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures and complete the sentences. Then then they answer the questions.
These worksheets contain a wider range of common health problems and symptoms vocabulary. Vocabulary for talking about health is quite difficult. So once the students have matched the vocabulary to the pictures I get them to read the words and/or post videos of themselves reading the words as a pronunciation test. This exercise also works really well as an online listening assignment. Just post page 1 and 2 (page 2 if students are being presented the vocabulary for the first time) of the PDF, along with the audio file to Google Classroom. Students listen to the audio, write the vocabulary on the pictures digitally and then return the assignment.
Although this exercise is a little more advanced, it works surprisingly well in the classroom. It’s a great way to reinforce and deepen students’ knowledge of health and illness vocabulary.
Here, students have to write a health and illness conversation or dialogue . This is a good way to assess students understanding of the vocabulary and grammar of this topic.
This is an English language exercise introducing vocabulary for health services. Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures.
This is an elementary ESL exercise for practicing language useful for talking about health problems. Students try to complete the sentences with their own ideas.
This is an elementary ESL exercise for practicing and reviewing basic questions and answers necessary for discussing health problems and talking about medical appointments. Students look at the pictures and fill in appropriate questions and answers.