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Are You Crazy


SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford


EDITED BY: Fiona Steele

GRAMMAR: NH's Speaking+ 3 (book2)

EXAMPLE: I have a headache.

DATE ADDED: Jan 10, 2008


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students wander around the classroom trying to find a curable doctor. 



  • AreYouCrazy worksheet
  • Slips of paper with patient problems/doctor cures



  1. Teach illnesses and cures as you choose.
  2. Give each student a copy of the dialogue. ALT and JTE demonstrate both endings.
  3. When the students understand, they each choose a piece of paper from the box. They receive either a problem or a cure. If they choose a problem, they are a patient. If they choose a cure, they are a doctor.
  4. When students find a mismatch, they read ‘bad advice', and when they find a match, they read ‘good advice' the patient and doctor sign each other’s sheets.
  5. Students walk around the room trying to find either a cure for their problem or a problem to treat it. You can make it clear who is a doctor and patient by having the doctors carry an object around as their medical instrument, or you can have the doctors turn their jackets inside out. Rulers work great as a medical tool.
  6. Continue until all students have found at least one match. Check results by asking for a show of hands of cured patients and then helpful doctors.
  7. Here are some suggested illnesses and cures:
    • Head ache - Take this aspirin and get some rest
    • Ear ache - Put this cream in your ear
    • Tooth ache - Stop eating candy
    • Eye ache - Try wearing glasses
    • Cold - Drink 3 cups of orange juice
    • Throat ache - Stop talking



  • Students will probably love saying “Are you crazy?!”, especially if the ALT or JTE overacts first!
  • DON’T allow the students to superscript their worksheets in katakana.

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