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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab: Medical Advice

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

This activity uses prerecorded authentic conversation in which a person asks a friend for medical advice about a cold. Pre- and post-listening activities are provided along with immediate feedback on comprehension exercise.


  1. Make sure that the Web site is not blocked at your school site and that your computer can play the audio file.
  2. Preview the exercise so you can explain it to your students. Show them how to use the player and answer the questions, especially for lower level students or those without good tech skills.


  1. Pre-Listening Exercises
  2. Listening Exercises
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Post-Listening Exercises

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Assign to students for homework or individual in-class work. See the ideas for 'Online Investigations' for extension activities.


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High


  • (2.1) Use the telephone and similar communication systems

Basic Communication

  • (3.6) Understand basic health and medical information
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.