ESL Health Care Discussion Questions

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

When we use health care as a discussion topic for our English as a second language (ESL) students, they not only put their conversational skills to work but also learn new vocabulary, as we'll cover in this lesson.

Readiness Through Vocabulary

Health care is certainly a topic that requires specific vocabulary. For this reason, our ESL students not only practice conversation when they talk about health care but also learn new words. Before you give your ESL students a health care question to discuss, make sure they know some useful vocabulary, such as the meaning of 'health care.' Depending on the level of your students, you can either elicit the concept from them or simply give them a definition.

Once your ESL students understand the term 'health care', have them brainstorm some other words they'll use in their discussions - like 'doctor', 'nurse', or 'treatment' - either in pairs or groups. Depending on the discussion questions, you could also add some useful vocabulary words, such as 'primary care', 'general practitioner', and 'disease prevention.'

Now, let's explore the types of questions we can give our students to discuss.

Questions About Health Care Systems

The vast majority of our ESL students would look at health care from the 'patient' or 'user' point of view. The following questions are about health care systems:

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