Robert Robert

TP7 Illness vocabulary
Pre-intermediate level


This lesson will cover illness vocabulary. It will start with the Ss filling in gaps with clues provided in picture form. I will then clarify the vocabulary and drill pronunciation. The students will then complete a controlled activity, which involves them deleting incorrect word from sentences. The semi-controlled activity get students to create sentences using the vocabulary.The lesson will finish with a free speaking activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of illness in the context of health and fitness.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of illness, health and fitness.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I start the lesson by miming the symptoms of a cold. I then ask the Ss to discuss in PW what other symptom of a cold may be. Elicit a few symptoms from the group.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide Ss with the vocabulary and meaning.

Give students the picture gap fill HO. Ask Ss to work in pairs and fill in the gaps. provide whole class FB by eliciting the answers from Ss. elicit and write answers on WB

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of illness vocabulary

Use the answers from the picture gap fill exercise to work on pronunciation. Elicit from Ss what the class of the words are. Get Ss to pronounce of each word chorally and individually. Focus on the adjective 'sore' and Elicit from Ss other words that could be described as 'sore'. check that Ss understand meaning by asking them to mime symptoms.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Elicit from Ss what they would say to someone that looks ill. Ss work alone provide Ss with the 'delete the incorrect word' HO. instruct Ss to work individually. Check in pairs.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • Give Ss a chance to use illness vocabulary by creating sentences.

provide Ss with 'create sentence' HO Ask Ss to create sentences individually. monitor Ss progress and provide assistance if required. Get Ss to check in pairs.

Free Practice speaking (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of illness vocabulary and speaking for fluency

Divide the class in to two groups label one group 'doctors' and the other 'patients'. Explain that the patients should go to the doctor and talk about feeling ill with a choice of symptoms. Monitor Ss to seen when they finish. Once finished instruct Ss to swap role. If time get Ss to discuss how often they feel ill. When was the last time they had a cold?

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