General Listening Quiz

“Medical Advice”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate medical advice man – woman 01:35

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some of the most common problems for which people go to a doctor when seeking medical advice and an examination? Do you ever look for medical advice or medication online?


keep fit” = stay in good healthy condition
I like to go hiking to keep fit.”

shed pounds” = lose weight
I suggest you shed a few pounds to improve your health.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the man's name?

Receptionist: Okay. Could I have your name please? Ronald: Yes. My name is Ronald Schuller.

From the conversation, how did the man probably find out about Dr. Carter?

Receptionist: And may I ask who referred you to our office? Ronald: Uh, I drove past your office yesterday.

When does the man have his appointment?

Receptionist: Okay. Um . . . how about Thursday at 8:15 A.M.?

The man injured his ankle when ______.

Ronald: Well, to tell the truth, I fell from a ladder two days ago while painting my house, and I sprained my ankle when my foot landed in a paint can.

The receptionist suggests that the man _____.

Receptionist: Look, Mr. Schuller. Please come in today. I don't think your case can wait.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What are you major concerns in visiting medical facilities, for example, a doctor’s office or a hospital, in a foreign country? What differences have you noticed in the medical care, facilities, and attitudes of doctors and nurses towards patients in comparison with those in your own country? Share your opinions on the topic.

Online Investigation

Imagine that you have one of the illnesses or conditions below. Use the Internet to compare two companies or services that provide medical solutions or products to deal with the problem. Which company or doctor appears to provide the best solution in terms of product guarantee, price, and reputation? Are there products that appear to promise too much and seem questionable? Share your ideas.

  • a sore back or other muscles
  • bad breath
  • a stomachache
  • poor vision
  • hair loss
  • bad acne