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Go: JHS GrammarWhat's the Matter? 

SUBMITTED BY: Ashton Simmonds



GRAMMAR: NH's Speak+ 3-2

EXAMPLE: I have a headache.

DATE ADDED: Sep 01, 2011


                                    Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


40 min.

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Brief Outline: Students learn various ailments.


Materials Needed:

  • WhatsTheMatter attachment
  • Pictures of sick people, for introducing the target vocabulary


Detailed Explanation:

  1. Teach the ailments vocabulary.Play the Telephone Game for 5-10 minutes. The goal of this game is to have the students memorize the new vocabulary.
  2. Play the Who Am I game:
    • Hand out an ailment to each student.
    • Have them pair off and guess each other's ailment using the phrase, "Do I have _______?"
    • After both students have correctly guessed their ailment, change partners.


Teaching Suggestions:

  • I use two different levels of ailments vocabulary depending on the class:
    • Basic level: cold, fever, stomachache, and sore throat.
    • Advanced but useful level: dry eyes, sunburn, diarrhea, a splinter, and a bleeding nose.
  • Remember to start using easy sentences and progressively get more difficult. Round one could be, "I have a headache," and the next round could progress to, "I have a sunburn and a bleeding nose."
  • Prepare each message on a separate piece of paper, using two messages at a time so groups can’t cheat too much. Cheating is ok if they speak English.

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