Call the doctor?
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students are going to learn about illnesses and injuries. They will talk about first aid and they will be able to give advice with 'should'. Students will do speaking activity by using real materials and objects.


Abc Head projector
Abc HO1
Abc HO 2
Abc markers
Abc Pictures
Abc White board
Abc HO 3
Abc First aid bag

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation and role play in the context of illnesses and injuries.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of language used for giving advice in the context of health issues such as illnesses, injuries and first aid.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Put the bag with a medical stuff on the desk in the middle of the class. Ss take out the items and discuss in pairs. Ss discuss in which case and why do we use them?

Exposure (7-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

Project the questions for the students to discuss on the whiteboard. Students discuss them: 'What is first aid?' When do you do it? Would you know what to do to save lives? Get some feedback from students. Get students into A-B groups. Ask ss to work with their pairs and answer the first aid quiz questions.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ask and answer the questions with a partner. After giving instructions, ss get handouts. What injuries or illnesses might you get when you are cooking/doing sport / eating in a restaurant? Have you ever been in a situation where you had to give first aid? Who to? Why? What happened? How much do you know about first aid? Where did you learn it? Has anyone ever had to givee you first aid? What happened? What do you think you should do if someone has a very high temperature/ someone is stung by a wasp and has an allergic reaction / someone has very bad sunburn. During monitoring takes some notes.

Productive Task(s) (12-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Ask them to think: If you were a doctor, how would you give advice to you patients? elicit answers. Some options: (If I was/were) in that (that kind of) situation, I'd ... Have you thought about ...? If it was/were me, I'd ... Make sure you (don't) ... Whatever you do, ... You have no choice but to ... You should..... I advise you to ..... Drilling some sentences. Practice Functional language. Ss each get role play cards and act out. While they are practicing the TL take some notes. If there is time left ss discuss with their partners the causes & symptoms of illnesses.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Write the notes that T taken during monitoring. Elicit answers from students. T writes the sentences on the board and students take some notes.

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