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English Conversation – Health

Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 08:04 PM
posted by Jo

healthThis is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about health, healthy living and health care.  There is a video containing a news report about strategies to improve people's health along with some questions to consider. There is also a list of commonly used idioms relating to health and conversation questions we might ask each other when discussing this subject.


Video about maintaining a healthy lifestyle

  • Do you already follow any of the recommendations provided in the video?
  • Which one do you think is the easiest to do?
  • Which one do you think is the hardest?

Idioms about health 

  • To be back on your feet – to recover from being unwell
  • As fit as a fiddle – in good health
  • Clean bill of health - an assurance that someone is healthy or something is in good condition
  • A new lease on life - a renewed and revitalized outlook on life
  • Recharge the batteries – to regain energy
  • Under the weather – to not feel well 

Conversation questions about health 

  • What are some things people can do to keep healthy?
  • What are the most damaging things to people’s health?
  • Is it possible to have a healthy life style in the modern world?
  • What are the benefits of a healthy life style?
  • What do you think are currently the most important health care issues?
  • If you were the leader of your country, what would you do to improve health care?
  • What do you think about natural remedies and alternative medicine?
  • What are some of the types of traditional remedies used in your country? Do you think they are effective?
  • Why do you think it has been found that people are getting less sleep than 50 years ago?
  • Have you heard of the expression “you are what you eat”
  • What health problems do you worry about most?
  • Is health care in your country free for some people?
  • Which is better, private or public health care?
  • What are the best and worst jobs for health?
  • What do you think is the most serious health problem in your country?
  • What is the health service like in your country?
  • Do you think traditional therapies are compatible with modern medicine?
  • Why do you think diseases like cancer are increasing?
  • Do you enjoy exercising?
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