The site has a short text which you can listen to and a vocab list (also with audio) .Here is the list
a global pandemic
a disease which is widespread across the world
not the case
unchanged, unharmed by
become infected by
easily affected by
frequency of deaths
become much higher
Sites such as BBC Learning English and Australia's ABC Health and Wellbeing are great places to practise listening to and reading about current health topics. It's a good idea to develop a wide vocabulary in the area of health topics such as common diseases and conditions for tests such as the OET or Occupational English Test .
Communicable diseases such as TB,malaria and measles have been in the news recently so there is quite a lot of current information which will be useful. Other vocabulary areas are research, drug therapy and vaccination. In the Listening section of the OET website there is a comprehensive list of some of the places to listen to information about health topics.
The WHO website is another useful resource for information about health topics. As an example, look at the Tuberculosis page. Go to the 10 Facts page - can you explain (put into your own words) the ten facts?
What about World TB Day? Next held March 24,2013
'World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.'
Make a date for your students to prepare posters and give presentations about the disease.