Saleh Hussein Saleh Hussein

First Visit
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn illness-related vocabulary. First they see the names of the illness on the back of each picture. Ss teach other the items in a game called ‘Hot Potato’. Each student will be given a picture and look at the name of illness at the back of the picture. The aim is to give the pictures away to Ss who don’t know the words.


Abc Straightforward Upper Intermediate

Main Aims

  • To provide review of high temperature, hacking cough,running nose, .... in the context of cold comfort

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss the opportunity to practise spoken fluency and to express opinions.


Lead-in - What's the matter (5-8 minutes) • To review,extend knowledege of and give practice in vocabulary related to illness and symptoms.

Before the lesson, copy and cut up the pictures from ’what’s the Matter?’ and write the names of the illness on the back of each picture-have enough pictures to give one per s-this may mean some items are repeated. Ss will ‘teach’ each other the items in a game called ‘Hot Potato’. Give each S a picture and tell them to check they know what it is by looking at the name on the back. The aim is to give the pictures away to Ss who don’t know the word. Ss mingle showing the pictures to teach other. Ss should say what the illness is. If they don’t know or are wrong, they should be given the picture so they can learn it. If they do, the S should keep the picture and try to five it to another one S. if the picture comes back to them and they can remember it, they should take it back. The aim is to try and give away all the pictures. After the activity is finished, Ss sit down and I collect all the cards. Double-check w/c Ss can remember by either showing the picture or miming the illness and getting Ss to call put. I can also call out the words and Ss can mime.

Cold comfort (8-10 minutes) • To give students some practice with target vocabulary

Cut up the vocab from the first grid on page 239 of the Teacher’s Book. Allow for one set per group of 3. Tell Ss they will look at some words related to illnesses. Ss in groups of 3 match the words into synonyms . Early-finishers can can peer-check. Use the answer to check and collect up the cut-ups.

Fill the gaps "Cold Comfort" (6-8 minutes) • For students to work on illness vocabulary

Gives ss ex. 1 and they work in pairs to fill the gaps. Ss can peer-check when they finish and then check against an answer key on the white board or get an early-finisher to the white board to write the answers.

Ex 2 - Cold Comfort (10-12 minutes) • To give students a chance to practice spoken fluency and express opinions about vocabulary words

Ss in small groups discuss the questions in ex. 2. You monitor then take some FB and help Ss to complete any answers they missed.

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