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Before you listen

1. Discuss the following questions: Do young people nowadays have a healthy lifestyle? What steps can people take to improve their health? How long do you spend with your doctor when you go for a consultation? Do you think doctors spend enough time with patients during a consultation?

Listening I

  1. Before listening make sure you know the vocabulary:

unintelligible talks, to feel a bit down, heart insufficiency, circulation collapse, to make out, nifty, to unwind, in the long run, bucketful, counterparts, to have a fit, to be fobbed off with,

  1. You will hear a conversation between a general practitioner, who has just returned from an international medical conference, and his wife. For the following questions, choose the alternative (A, B, C or D) which best fits according to what you hear. Prove your choice.


The GP’s reaction to typical German health complaints is (A. neutral; B. very sympathetic; C. slightly scornful; D. angry).

On the subject of rest cures, the GP is (A. enthusiastic; B. scornful; C. neutral; D. reassuring).

If a British patient is not prescribed medicine by his/her doctor, he/she feels (A. worried; B. furious; C. reassured; D. that he/she must be in need of surgery).

Compared to British patients, French patients want (A. more medicines and longer consultations; B. more medicines but shorter consultations; C. fewer medicines and shorter consultations; D. fewer medicines but longer consultations.

Listening II

    1. Before listening make sure you know the vocabulary:

culprit, digestive problems, sign of a fracture, nasty lump, stud, urge, potent, excessive weight, to immunize, inevitable, current rate of vaccination, fits, obsession, live off, celery.

    1. You will hear people talking in eight different situations. Answer the questions and render the passage you hear. You will hear each passage twice.
  1. Listen to two people talking over a meal. Why doesn’t the woman want bread?
  2. You overhear a doctor talking to a woman in the emergency ward. What is the matter with her child?
  3. You hear a man and a woman discussing the man’s visit to an acupuncturist. Why did he go?
  4. You hear a doctor talking on the radio. What is she describing?
  5. Listen to a conversation in a doctor’s surgery. Why is the doctor annoyed with the patient?
  6. You hear a husband and wife talking. What feeling does the wife express?
  7. You hear a radio report about the infectious disease, measles. What is the conclusion?
  8. Listen to a conversation between a boy and his sister. Why is he worried about her?

Listening III

1. Read the statements, then listen to the text “Working with the Sick” and mark them as T (true) or F (false). Expand on the statements:

34- year-old Dianne Grey was a successful actress.

She began to find her job rather boring.

“I was treating patients with routine medical problems”.

Various armies have been fighting each other in the area for days.

She will be leaving Angola next year.


2. Listen to the text again and answer the questions:

Where has Dianne Grey been living for the last eight months?

Why did she go to Africa?

What has “Doctors Without Frontiers” been doing for people in Angola since 1986?

How did Dianne feel when she first went to Angola?

How does she feel now about her experience in Angola?


  1. Render the text.
  2. Organize press conference on “Doctors Without Frontiers”.


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