At the Doctor's ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Advice for Aches and Pains

ESL Health Advice Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Speaking Activity: Role-Play - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this giving health advice game and role-play, students match pictures to health problems, and health problems to treatments, and role-play giving health advice as a doctor. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over one picture card and one health problem card. If the picture and health issue match, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. Next, students repeat the game, but this time they use the health problem cards and treatment cards, matching the health issues with the treatments. Afterwards, the pairs role-play short doctor-patient interactions. Students take it in turns to turn over a picture card and act as a patient, saying the health problem shown in the picture, e.g. 'I've got a cold'. The other student acts as a doctor and gives health advice to the patient, e.g. 'You should rest and drink lots of fluids'. When the students have finished, they role-play some of their interactions in front of the class.
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Remedy Race

ESL At the Doctor's Game - Speaking: Matching, Role-Play - Group work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 20 minutes

In this free doctor and patient role-play game, students race to suggest remedies to basic medical problems. In groups of three, students take it in turns to take on the role of a patient and pick up a problem card. The other students take on the role of doctors and ask the patient, 'What's the matter?' The patient then reads out the problem on the card, and the doctors race to find the correct remedy card and read it to the patient. If the remedy is correct as shown on the patient's card, the patient replies, 'Thank you, doctor.' The winning doctor then keeps the problem and remedy cards. If the remedy is incorrect, the patient replies, 'Can I have a second opinion?' The other doctor then chooses a different remedy card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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Visiting the Doctor

ESL At the Doctor's Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Gap-fill, Reading Comprehension, Categorising, Matching - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pair work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this At the doctor's worksheet, students learn and practice vocabulary and language associated with visiting the doctor. First, students read dialogues between a doctor and four patients and insert one of the illnesses shown into each conversation. Next, students complete sentences about the dialogues by writing the correct person's name. Students then put the words in bold from the doctor dialogues into two categories, symptoms or treatments. Students then move on to match the symptoms and treatments with definitions. Lastly, students work with a partner and ask them questions about the last time they visited the doctor.
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