German Level 2, Activity #05: Zum Arzt Gehen / Going to the Doctor (Face to Face)

PHoto of a doctor with arms folded
Karolina Grabowska
Description: Students will practice talking about medical issues they may come across. Students will also practice coming up with solutions to common health issues.
Semantic Topics: Health, Gesundheit, Doctor, Arzt, Sickness, Illness, Krankheit, Medicine, Medizin, using who, what, where, when, why, and how,  mit wem, was, wo, wann, warum und wie,  formal you usage for those in the medical field, formal verwenden Sie für diejenigen im medizinischen Bereich.

Products:  Doctor Note Cards,  Arztbriefkarten.

Practices: Describing illness or injury to a medical professional.  Beschreiben einer Krankheit oder Verletzung einem Arzt.

Perspectives: Health and healthcare is valued in German speaking countries.  Gesundheit und Gesundheitsversorgung werden im deutschsprachigen Raum geschätzt.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard: 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Standard: 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics
  • Standard: 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1 Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • Objective: COMM. 2.1 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objective: CONN 1.2 Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can come up with cures or solutions to a body issue
  • I can identify medical issues and provide a recommendation
  • I can use body part and health vocabulary to discuss health related scenarios
  • I can talk about my own health experience

Materials Needed: 

Warm-up

1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Do’s for today’s activity.

Öffnen Sie zunächst die Google Slideshow und stellen Sie die Can-Do’s für die heutige Aktivität vor.

2. Have students identify the problems in the pictures using the Google slideshow and suggest solutions:

Lassen Sie die Schüler die Probleme in den Bildern mithilfe der Google-Diashow identifizieren und Lösungen vorschlagen:

  • Sore Throat
    • die Halsschmerzen
  • Headache
    • die Kopfschmerzen
  • The Flu
    • die Grippe
  • Broken Bones
    • die Knochen brechen
  • injure themselves
    • sich verletzen

Main Activity

1. Divide Students into Doctors and Patients in pairs or groups of three.

Teilen Sie die Schüler in Ärzte und Patienten in Paaren oder Dreiergruppen ein.

2. Have the Patients choose either a sickness or injury from the slide or create their own. They should describe how they feel and what hurts.

Lassen Sie die Patienten entweder eine Krankheit oder Verletzung aus der Folie auswählen oder erstellen Sie ihre eigene.Sie sollten beschreiben, wie sie sich fühlen und was weh tut.

3. Have the doctors ask questions on the Doctor’s Notes cards and make notes with dry-erase markers to try and diagnose their patients.

Lassen Sie die Ärzte Fragen auf den Doctor’s Notes-Karten stellen und Notizen mit Trockenlöschmarkern machen, um zu versuchen, ihre Patienten zu diagnostizieren.

4. They should offer their patients solutions, either medicine or other ways to recuperate.

Sie sollten ihren Patienten Lösungen anbieten, entweder Medikamente oder andere Möglichkeiten, sich zu erholen.

5. Switch patients and doctors, so that everyone has at least one chance to be a doctor and a patient. Depending on how long each rotation lasts, you can have them switch more than once.

Wechseln Sie Patienten und Ärzte, so dass jeder mindestens eine Chance hat, Arzt und Patient zu sein. Je nachdem, wie lange jede Umdrehung dauert, können Sie sie mehr als einmal wechseln lassen.

6. Encourage the students to be creative in their descriptions.

Ermutigen Sie die Schüler, in ihren Beschreibungen kreativ zu sein.

Wrap-up

1. What do you do when you have a cold?

Was machst du, wenn du erkältet bist?

2. When was the last time that you were by the doctor?

Wann waren Sie das letzte Mal beim Arzt?

3. Were you once sick in another country? What did you do?

Waren Sie einmal in einem anderen Land krank? Was haben Sie gemacht?

End of Activity

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can come up with cures or solutions to a body issue
  • I can identify medical issues and provide a recommendation
  • I can use body part and health vocabulary to discuss health related scenarios
  • I can talk about my own health experience

Cultural Notes:  Here is an Easy German video about making an appointment with a medical provider.

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