General Listening Quiz

“Online Medical Information”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate medical diagnosis and care man – woman 02:14

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some of the major illnesses and diseases that affect people your age in your country? Who do you consult for information on these illnesses? How reliable is this information?


pull through” = recover from an illness
Grandma had a serious accident in her car, but the doctors think that she’s going to pull through.”

run in the family” = to be common in the family
The doctors said that this disorder might run in the family.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

James thinks that he has ____.

Man: Oh, I think I just have a bad cold.

The woman thinks that James has a virus because ___

Woman: I saw this on the Internet. It says right here what you've got. [ What? ] Yeah. It says if you have purple skin [ Purple? It . . . You've got purple skin. Look in the mirror. It says it is a sign of a rare disease called the Burafa virus.

Where did the woman find information on this virus?

Woman: Oh, no, James! Oh, no. Let me look. Oh, look right here, right here. Here it is. It talks about it . . . I saw this on the Internet.

James doesn't believe the information because it __.

Woman: Come on. Look. The owner is a well-known psychic named Dr. Simon. Man: A . . . a psychic? What in the world makes this psychic a medical expert anyway?

According to the woman, James only has ______ to live.

Woman: Oh, no. [ What? ] Oh, no. Oh, James. [ What? ] It says that once the cough sets in, the person only has . . . . only . . . only, only a week to live.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a time when you used the Internet to find information about a medical problem you had. What was your illness? How many Web sites did you look at to find information? Did you consult with a doctor about the problem or did you rely on the information on the Web sites?

Online Investigation

Choose one of these illnesses (the flu, a sore throat, diarrhea, or an ear infection) and then use the Internet to find the answers to some of these questions:

  • What are the common symptoms of this illness?
  • Are there any home remedies to deal with this illness? If so, what are they?
  • What medications can be helpful to treat the illness?
  • How long can it take to get over the illness?