Academic English

"Blood Donations"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate blood donations man 01:16

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some common situations when blood donations are needed? Have you every donated blood, and if so, what was the experience like?


"have bad blood between people" = have bad or unfriendly feelings
"Oh, don't invite Sarah and Amber to the party. There is a lot of bad blood between them, and I don't want there to be problems."

"be too rich for my blood" = something that is too expensive for you
"I really like that car, but it is way too rich for my blood."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

About how many blood donations are needed every day in the United States?

. . . over 40,000 blood donations are needed every single day in the United States alone . . .

Approximately _________ people donate blood every year.

About 9.2 million people donate every year in the US.

According to the announcement, some people do not donate blood because ____.

Sometimes people don't donate out of fear, but the process is relatively simple following a four-step process.

Which step for donating blood was NOT mentioned in the recording?

Sometimes people don't donate out of fear, but the process is relatively simple following a four-step process: registering, getting your medical history checked, donating, and having some refreshments (food and drink that you are given right after you donate to replenish your fluids and energy).

You can donate blood every ______ days.

And once you donate, you have the ability to donate red blood cells every 56 days.

Vocabulary Practice

Try this activity to practice the vocabulary from the conversation:

Post-Listening Exercise

Have you ever donated blood? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what are reasons for not doing so (health condition, age, medical history, etc.)?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to answer these questions?

  • What is the best way to prepare to donate blood?
  • What are three reasons why people sometimes can't donate blood?
  • Is there an age requirement to donate blood in your city or country? If so, when can a person start donating blood?
  • What things you do or not do the day or the day after you donate blood?