How healthy living nearly killed me

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Vocabulary - health

health vocabulary


This ESL worksheet is based on a TED talk titled “How healthy living nearly killed me” by AJ Jacobs. The speaker discusses his experiences and approach to healthy living. Students will have a chance to learn a lot of health vocabulary and watch an inspiring video.

B2 / Upper Intermediate60 minStandard LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan


The lesson consists of many various exercises. Firstly, there is a short warm-up discussion. You can make your students do this task in pairs. Secondly, students move to an exercise on health vocabulary. They have to match some idiomatic expressions and fixed phrases with their meanings. There are such words and phrases as vigorous, as fit as a fiddle, feel off- colour and many others. In addition, to practice health vocabulary from the previous activity, they need to answer questions in pairs.


Then, there is a task which involves matching words and phrases to build collocations. All of them are used in the video, so it should be easier for your students to understand the content of it. Next, students watch the first part and the second part of the talk and answer the questions on each part respectively. Moreover, the lesson finishes with an exercise in which students have to make and use indirect questions. They should modify forms of the words given, rearrange some of them and add any words necessary. Finally, after checking them, they can discuss these questions in pairs.
The TED Talk is quite long (8:42 min), however listening comprehension is divided into two tasks. The whole lesson should take around 60 minutes and it is prepared for B2 students.



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  2. The lesson was fine but the video… no T_T


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