FANDOM


Diskùsçion àbaut helŧ (Talking about health, 圍繞健康展開討論)

Introdùkçion Edit

If you are sick, what will you do? Will you believe in alternative medicine?

if nei o-bensya, nei wil sumyea? Nei wil bilīv in oltörneitiv medikeiçion gga?

Yunit topiks:

  1. talk about medicine (àbaut medsin dè diskùsçion)
  2. use adjectivges and prepositions together (yus adjektivs en preposiçion tugäđā)
  3. stress words correctly (tadaši-i stressiŋ)
  4. learn vocabulary to describe people (vokäb tu diskraib pīpol)

Mūvi Edit

We are going to watch a movie. Listen carefully to the conversation and pay attention to the questions and responses. Read the transcript and study the new grammar and vocabulary.

Simuleiçion Edit

Mäp Edit

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS UNIT

TOPICS Edit

  • listening to a conversation about alternative medicine
  • using adjectives and prepositions together
  • pronouncing the correct part of words
  • reviewing words that describe a strong community

FLASHCARDS Edit

verbs nouns adjectives prepositions featured expressions

acupuncture ambulance atmosphere communities connection dentist depression enemy energies factor foundation germ herb isolation needle pulse surgery system therapy tradition treatment x-ray

alternative balanced conventional mental skeptical social tiny

about by for in of to with

afraid of angry about nervous about satisfied with worried about wrong with

heart disease immune system social connection social isolation stress management support group yin and yang

GRAMMAR REFERENCE Edit

View more points here.

Using adjectives and prepositions together
  • Curtis is afraid of flying.
  • Joe isn't aware of how much money the company is losing.
Using gerunds (the -ing form of the verb) as subjects
  • Spending time with other people is good for your health.
  • Listening shows that you care.

PRONUNCIATION LAB Edit

Listen to more sounds here.

Stress on the first syllable e.g. 'e-ner-gy enerji
Stress on the second syllable e.g. ex-'am-ple iksampol

Litsèniŋ Edit

In this lesson, we will listen to a conversation about alternative medicine and learn new vocabulary to help us talk about health.

Let's listen to a conversation between two friends. What's wrong with Nora? What does Cedric suggest she do?

Dialog Edit

  • NORA: Hi, Cedric! How's it going?
  • CEDRIC: Great! How are you, Nora?
  • NORA: Well, to tell you the truth, I'm not doing so well.
  • CEDRIC: I'm sorry to hear that. What's wrong?
  • NORA: I have a terrible headache. I have it all the time. It never seems to go away.
  • CEDRIC: Do you have any idea why?
  • NORA: I wish I did. I'm getting worried about it. I've been to twenty-three different doctors, and none of them have helped me. Nobody knows what's wrong with me. Actually, they say there's nothing wrong with me. But there must be something wrong with me! I have a headache!
  • CEDRIC: Have you thought about trying some kind of alternative medicine? Alternative medicine can be really good for treating headaches.
  • NORA: Cedric, I've been to twenty-three doctors! None of them could help me. What do you think alternative medicine could do?
  • CEDRIC: Alternative medicine is different from conventional medicine. You've been to doctors of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine treats your health problems in isolation - you know, individually; alternative medicine treats each health problem as part of a whole system.
  • NORA: What do you mean?
  • CEDRIC: Let's see if I can find another way to explain it.... Doctors of conventional medicine sometimes treat your body like a machine, and they just try to fix the broken parts. Alternative medicine looks at your body as a system that needs to be balanced; practitioners of alternative medicine believe you have health problems when things aren't balanced in your body.
  • NORA: I still don't see the difference.
  • CEDRIC: Okay, here's another way of looking at it. Conventional medicine is like a war.
  • NORA: A war?
  • CEDRIC: Yeah. A war against illnesses. Alternative medicine isn't a war against anything; alternative treatments just bring balance back to your body. And alternative medicine isn't just about physical problems; it also looks at your spiritual and mental condition. Actually, alternative medicine sees your physical condition, your mental condition, and your spiritual condition as one condition, not as different conditions.
  • NORA: Well, I don't know. But I think I'm ready to try anything. What would you recommend?
  • CEDRIC: I've had acupuncture treatments, and I've been really pleased with them.
  • NORA: No, I'm not trying acupuncture. I'm afraid of needles.
  • CEDRIC: Well, then you might try aromatherapy.
  • NORA: Aromatherapy?
  • CEDRIC: Yes, in aromatherapy, different smells are used to help with a lot of different health problems. Or you could try music therapy.
  • NORA: Are you saying that listening to music could help me with my headaches?
  • CEDRIC: It's possible.
  • NORA: Okay, give me the number of your aromatherapist and your music therapist. I'll give it a try.

Where's Roddy? Edit

Roddy is hiding behind a picture. Listen first, then click on the picture that matches. Click on the speaker to listen. Click NEXT to go to the next item. When you finish, you will see the results. You can also play again.

Quiz Edit

  1. What's wrong with Nora?
    1. There's nothing wrong with her.
    2. She has a headache.
    3. She doesn't want to go to the doctor.
    4. She has a broken bone.
  2. How many doctors has Nora been to?
    1. 32
    2. 22
    3. 23
    4. 20
  3. What did the doctors say is wrong with Nora?
    1. There is nothing wrong with her.
    2. She has an unbalanced system.
    3. She is not eating properly.
    4. She doesn't exercise enough.
  4. How does alternative medicine treat a problem?
    1. Each problem is treated individually.
    2. They treat each problem as part of a system.
    3. Alternative medicine practicioners always give you acupuncture.
  5. Cedric says that conventional doctors treat your body like a ______.
    1. war
    2. machine
    3. balanced system
    4. whole
  6. What kind of medicine does Cedric compare to a war?
    1. conventional medicine
    2. alternative medicine
    3. traditional medicine
    4. modern medicine
  7. What is Nora worried about?
    1. Cedric
    2. her headache
    3. her finances
    4. her mental health
  8. What does Cedric say will help Nora's headache?
    1. conventional medicine
    2. acupuncture
    3. two aspirin
    4. massage
  9. How does Cedric feel about his acupuncture treatments?
    1. He's not very satisfied.
    2. He's very pleased with them.
    3. He doesn't believe in alternative medicine anymore.
    4. They have done nothing to help his pain.
  10. Why doesn't Nora want to try acupuncture?
    1. She feels fine.
    2. She is afraid of needles.
    3. She doesn't believe in Chinese medicine.
    4. She hasn't been helped by 23 doctors.

Interview Edit

In this lesson, we will listen to an interview. What kind of doctor is Grace? How does she treat her patients?

How do you feel about alternative medicine? Would you let Grace treat you?

Vokäb Edit

Let's review and practice new vocabulary about health.

Review the vocabulary below before going on.

Word Definition
ambulance car or truck used to move injured people
balanced when two things are equal or in the same proportion
dentist a doctor who works with teeth
depression an illness of the mind that makes people often feel sad or unhappy
massage pressing and pulling muscles to relax the body
needle a sharp metal object used to deliver medicine to the body
surgery medical procedure inside of the body
x-ray a black and white picture of bones and the inside of the body

Using your new vocabulary try to answer the following questions. Click on the left speaker to listen to the questions. Click on the right speaker to listen to the model answer.

  • If my friend was hurt I would _______.
  • If your muscles hurt, maybe you should _______.
  • No way! I'm afraid of _______.
  • Have you been to the _______ lately?
  • She's had a difficult time. I think she's ______.

Spīkiŋ Edit

Intro Edit

In this lesson, we will learn how to use prepositions and adjectives together and practice talking about our feelings. After a lesson in pronunciation we will be able to speak using the correct word stress

Preposiçion Edit

A preposition describes a relationship between words like nouns and pronouns in a sentence. The preposition gives information related to time, location, or direction. Look at the prepositions below. Can you define or use any of them in a sentence?

  • about
  • by
  • for
  • from
  • in
  • of
  • to
  • with

We can also use prepositions such as of, for, with, from, in, to and about after certain adjectives. Here are some examples:

Word Definition Example
aware of having knowledge of something Jim wasn't aware of how much money the company was losing.
satisfied with pleased or content Erin was satisfied with her new position in the company.

Note:The opposite of satisfied is unsatisfied. What are you unsatisfied with at your job?

Präktis Edit

Now, let's practice! Read the question and try to think of a reply. Click on the right speaker to listen to the model answer. Use the record tool to compare your answer.

Question / Listen to the answer

  • Are you aware of the fact that in China acupuncture is very common?
  • If something is wrong with a patient in China, what does the doctor do?
  • Is Cedric afraid of needles?
  • What's Chinese medicine like?
  • How was your visit to the doctor?
  • Is your mother happy with her new car?
  • How is your new job?
  • What is Theresa interested in? She's always reading.

Dikteiçion Edit

In this activity, you will listen to some audio clips. As you listen, type the nationality and age of each speaker.

  1. Are you [ aware of ] the fact that in China acupuncture is very common?
  2. When something is [ wrong with ] a patient in China, a Chinese doctor might use herbal medicine.
  3. Cedric is not [ afraid of ] needles. He receives acupuncture treatment twice a week.
  4. Chinese medicine is [ different from ] Western medicine.
  5. The doctor was [ rude to ] us. He treated us very badly.
  6. My mother is [ pleased with ] her new car. She really enjoys driving it.

Stres Edit

In this lesson, we will practice stressing the correct parts of words. Click on the speaker to listen to the words.

Here are some words to listen to and learn. All of them are stressed on the first syllable.

  • Acupuncture
  • Medicine
  • Physical

All of these words are stressed on the second syllable.

  • alternative
  • important
  • mechanic
  • vacation

Now listen to these words. Can you identify whether the stress is on the first or second syllable? Practice saying these words. Use the record tool to compare your answer to the model.

  • addiction
  • allergy
  • arthritis
  • depression
  • enemy
  • energy
  • example
  • infection
  • interested
  • natural
  • personal
  • satisfied
  • successful
  • surgery
  • tradition

Quiz Edit

Is the stress on the first or second syllable?

Rīdiŋ Edit

In this lesson, we will read two articles on alternative health and learn important new vocabulary to help us discuss health issues. We will also study how to use gerunds, the /-ing/ form of a verb, as the subject of a sentence.

Vokäb Edit

A /community/ can be defined as a group of people who are linked together because they share common interests or they live in a common location. The words below can be used to talk about community.

Review the vocabulary below before going on.

Word Definition Example
social living together in communities;
someone who likes meeting new people
Jason used to be shy, but now he is really social.
isolation being alone or separate from other people My favorite author lives in isolation. No one has seen her in 20 years.
connection an association or relationship Ming has a strong connection with his Chinese grandparents.
atmosphere the feeling of a place The atmosphere at the party was great. Some of the people hadn't seen each other for twenty years.

Now, look at the phrases below. Which ones make you think of a strong community? Which ones make you think of a weak community? Do any of them describe your community?

Word Definition
social connection your relationships with your friends and community
social isolation to not have many friends or a large community
support group a group of people who will listen to you and help you
atmosphere of mistrust a feeling that you can't trust someone or something

These words are combinations of the words in the first group.

Komprihençion Edit

Read the article below.

Use a dictionary if you need a fuller explanation.

Take Two Friends and Call Me in the Morning
Dr. Dean Ornish, a specialist in heart disease, developed a program for people who were recovering from heart attacks. The program included a special diet, an exercise routine, and training in stress management. As a way of motivating his patients to stay with the program, Dr. Ornish organized support groups for them. The patients lived together for a week; then, they continued meeting twice a week in the evening. At the beginning, Dr. Ornish thought of the support groups as a way to help his patients with the other parts of the program. Little by little, however, he came to believe that the group support was one of the most important parts of the program. Spending time with other patients actually contributed to the patients' good health. Dr. Ornish wrote about the experience in his book Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
Like many other health practitioners - of both conventional and alternative therapies - Dr. Ornish believes that social isolation is a major factor contributing to heart disease and to many other health problems. Feelings of isolation lead to health problems; on the other hand, strong social connections keep people healthy.
Medical researchers in the United States first became aware of the healing power of community in the 1960s. Researchers noticed that people in a small Pennsylvania town called Roseto lived longer and were much healthier than people in nearby towns. But when the researchers looked for an explanation for the townspeople's good health, they found no difference in the health habits of the Roseto residents. In fact, their health habits were very much the same as the people in the other towns. It seemed as if their good health was due to pure luck. The researchers continued looking for an explanation, and the one major difference turned out to be the strong sense of community in Roseto. Connections to family and friends were much stronger in Roseto than in the other towns.

Continue reading the article. Pay attention to the highlighted words, and when you are ready, go to the next page to practice using them.

These studies (and many similar studies) surprised researchers at first, but now very few doctors would deny the importance of social connections. Of course, we cannot all move to towns like Roseto, and many of us wouldn't want to! Nevertheless, there are small ways we can apply what was learned in these studies to our own lives.
Spending too much time alone weakens the body's ability to fight disease. It also increases heart rate and causes feelings of depression. Spending time with friends and family has the opposite effect. In our busy lives, how can we create a stronger sense of community with the people around us? Here are a few suggestions:
  • Do something. Taking action contributes more than just talking. When we take the time to help someone in a real way, it shows that we really care.
  • Keep promises. Breaking promises is the fastest way to destroy trust, and trust is the foundation of community. If you say you will do something, do it.
  • Avoid secrets. Too many secrets create an atmosphere of mistrust. On the other hand, sharing information shows a desire to include other people.
  • Listen. When someone has a problem, talking about it can help enormously. Listening shows that you care.
There are, of course, bigger steps we can take toward building community, but these four suggestions are possible for anyone. Rome wasn't built in a day, and we can only build our communities one step at a time.

So far you have thought about what it takes to make a strong community, and you have read an article that gives suggestions on how to create a stronger community. Now, let's practice using the new words.

Kwiz Edit

  1. Dr. Ornish set up ______ to help his patients stay with the program.
    1. social isolation
    2. strong communities
    3. support groups
  2. Dr. Ornish's ideas about the support groups changed ______.
    1. when he discovered it was the critical part of the program
    2. when he discovered his patients were not attending
    3. when he discovered that diet was more important
  3. By social isolation, Dr. Ornish means ______.
    1. spending too much time alone
    2. spending too much time visiting your friends
    3. spending too much time with family
  4. The way of life in Roseto was different because ______.
    1. social connections were stronger
    2. there were very few people
    3. social connections were weaker
  5. The author recommends doing things for others because ______.
    1. it means that others will always do something for you
    2. it shows that we care
    3. it usually means we will get something in return
  6. Dr. Ornish says that we must keep promises because ______.
    1. breaking promises creates mistrust
    2. it is easier to keep a promise that break it
    3. we would want others to keep promises
  7. Keeping secrets can harm a sense of community because ______.
    1. it makes people open and caring
    2. it creates an atmosphere of mistrust
    3. it shows a desire to include other people
  8. Listening to other people is helpful because ______.
    1. it shows you want something from them
    2. it shows that you are a good listener
    3. it shows that you care
  9. Spending too much time alone ______.
    1. weakens the body's immune system
    2. is often a healthy thing
    3. makes you a stronger person
  10. A stronger sense of community can be created by ______.
    1. creating mistrust
    2. sharing information
    3. refusing to listen to others

Grämmār Edit

In this lesson we will learn how to use a gerund as the subject of a sentence.

The gerund is the -ing form of a verb. We can use a gerund as a subject, as an object, or as a complement in a sentence.

How the gerund is used Example
Subject Spending time with other people is good for your health.
  Breaking promises destroys trust.
Object He's very good at listening to people's problems.
Complement He wants to give up smoking cigars.

Let's practice using gerunds as the subject of a sentence on the next page.

Kwiz Edit

Complete the following sentences with the gerund form of one of the verbs below:

  • eat
  • drink
  • listen
  • play
  • run
  • spend
  • study
  • take
  1. Music therapists say that [ listening ] to music is good for your health.
  2. [ Playing ] football in the middle of the street is dangerous.
  3. [ Running ] is faster than walking.
  4. [ Taking ] risks can be frightening.
  5. [ Eating ] too much will make you fat.
  6. [ Spending ] too much time in the sun will hurt your skin.
  7. [ Drinking ] coffee can make me irritable.
  8. [ Studying ] dreams is enjoyable as well as interesting.

Wraitiŋ Edit

In this lesson, we will learn more about Eastern and Western medicine, and will practice writing and speaking about medical issues.

(Not shown) In the quiz below, you will make sentences about the differences between these two kinds of medicine. When you are done, go to the next page and read the article.

Mixed Order Edit

  • Acupuncture is not uncommon in Chinese medicine.
  • Balance isn't very important in conventional Western medicine.
  • Conventional medicine relies on drugs to treat illness.
  • Taking the pulse in an important part of Chinese medicine.

Adjektivs en prepositions Edit

Reading Edit

Read the article and pay attention to the highlighted words. Do you recognize any of them? They are all adjectives followed by a preposition.

Yin and Yang Edit

Are you aware of the fact that in China acupuncture is a common medical practice? Acupuncture is one of many approaches used in Chinese medicine, and it is part of a 2,000-year-old tradition that differs greatly from conventional Western medicine. According to Western medicine, we are constantly being attacked by germs, and Western doctors wage war against these tiny enemies. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, focuses on the balance of two kinds of energy called yin and yang. According to Chinese tradition, different people have different levels of yin and yang. When the energies of yin and yang are in balance, we are healthy; when the energies are out of balance, we become ill.

When something is wrong with a patient, a Chinese medical practitioner's job is to restore the balance of energies. This is done with a combination of diet, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. When a patient goes to a doctor of Chinese medicine, the doctor often spends about twenty minutes taking the patient's pulse. The doctor also looks carefully at the patient's tongue and listens carefully to the patient's breathing. They perform few of the laboratory tests that are common in Western medicine.

Explanation Edit

Now go on to the next activity to read and correct the next section of this article. Pay attention to the adjectives and prepositions and click on any mistakes you see.

If you want to review the use of adjectives and prepositions before going on, go back to Speaking 1.

Editor Edit

For many years Western doctors were skeptical to [ about ] acupuncture and other Chinese approaches. It was difficult of [ for ] Western doctors to accept the idea of yin and yang; they found it too different with [ from ] the scientific traditions of Western medicine. But today many people in the West are not worried to [ about ] why Chinese medicine works. Chinese medicine has successfully treated a variety of health problems, including back pain, headaches, arthritis, and addiction.

In fact, many Western people now prefer Eastern medicine. Some say they are tired for [ of ] conventional medicine and are interested in trying new approaches. A recent study reported that over 90% of the people who have had acupuncture treatments were satisfied in [ with ] the results. It seems that people are less afraid in [ of ] Eastern medicine than before and ready to try out new healthcare alternatives.

Vokäb Edit

Review the vocabulary below before going on.

Word Definition Example
approach a way of doing things After three people quit, the boss took a new approach to management.
attack to try to hurt someone Janus saw the dog attack George and called the police.
enemy someone who wants to hurt you

The president decided to attack the enemy at night.

focus to pay special attention to something The teacher couldn't get her students to focus on the problem.
germ a very small organism that causes illness Jen is afraid of germs; she has the cleanest house I've ever seen.
successful having the result you want Everyone thought Moe was lazy and would never be successful, but now he's rich!
pulse the beat caused by your heart pumping When he went to the hospital, the first thing the doctor did was to take his pulse.
skeptical not believing something easily The doctor promised her that the surgery would be painless, but Beth was still skeptical.
tiny very small His new house was tiny so he never had any parties.
tradition something that has existed a long time Lighting fireworks to scare away bad spirits is a tradition in many Asian countries.

Quiz Edit

  1. The party was very [ successful ]. Everybody had a great time.
  2. We live on the 67th floor. When you look out the window the cars look really [ tiny ].
  3. A burglar tried to come into our house last night, but our dog [ attacked ] him.
  4. If you want to feel happy, it's important to [ focus ] on the good things in life.
  5. Does your family have any special [ traditions ] for celebrating holidays?
  6. I want to help you! I'm not your [ enemy ]!
  7. Don't sneeze on me! I don't want to catch your [ germs ].

Miksen order Edit

  1. She has always loved classical music.
  2. Have you ever dreamed about an animal?
  3. If he doesn't sleep more, he'll get sick.
  4. How often do you remember your dreams?
  5. There weren't many people on the bus this morning.

Quiz Edit

There is one mistake with each of the following sentences. Write the correct sentence in the box. Pay close attention to punctuation.

  1. What wrong with him?
    What 's wrong with him?
  2. We are agree with you about that.
    We agree with you on that.
  3. Keon is worried with his mother.
    Keon is worried about his mother.
  4. If we would exercised more, we would feel better.
    If we would exercised more, we would feel better.
  5. Calbert called during I was watching TV.
    Calbert called while I was watching TV.

Review Edit

In this review lesson we will revisit the movie. After studying the language, we will watch the movie again and do an activity to help us understand it more clearly.

Dialog Edit

In this lesson, we will revisit the movie. Read the text of the movie below. Read the notes on the right and study the highlighted vocabulary before going on.

LEA: Are you alright? We can also ask, "Are you OK?"
JULIE: I hope so. I've got back problems, and I want to try something different. Do you have any back pain?
LEA: Well I practice alternative medicine in town. There are many different options like massage, acupuncture, and herbal remedies. Do you trust alternative medicine more than traditional medicine?
JULIE: Great. I've got this terrible back pain, and I need something for it. Julie means that she needs some medicine or pain reliever.
LEA: How long has your back been hurting you?
JULIE: About two weeks. I got into a car accident three weeks ago and haven't fully recovered. My doctor said I need surgery. If someone has recovered, they have become better and their injury no longer affects them.
LEA: Surgery? I've seen a lot of patients with back pain recover with acupuncture. How do you feel about Eastern medicine?
JULIE: It's difficult for me to say. Eastern medicine is different from what I'm used to. We can also say, "It's hard to say."
LEA: Yeah, most people are a little afraid of it at first, but I assure you it's safe. We can also say, "I promise or guarantee that it's safe."
JULIE: So what can I do about my back pain? It's killing me. This means that the pain is very strong and severe.
LEA: Well, some herbal medicine should be good for the pain, and I can make an appointment with my back specialist if you'd like. Have you ever seen a back specialist or chiropractor?
JULIE: Yes. I'm willing to try anything before surgery. Do you have anything available this week?
LEA: Let me see...

Video Edit

Let's watch the movie again. Pay attention to the new vocabulary and grammar.

Simulation Edit

In this simulation activity, watch the movie and use the language you have learned in this unit to respond. Use the record tool. Record your voice and compare it to the model.

Matching text Edit

Maggie is afraid .   . of thunderstorms.
Maggie gets nervous .   . about flying.
Maggie is nice .   . from most other people.
Nothing is wrong with .   . Maggie's health.
Maggie is different .   . to veryone.

Concentration Edit

Look for synonyms

conventional (3) different (2) system (1) organization (1)
repair (4) alone (5) individual (5) balance (8)
fix (4) suggest (7) usual (3) complete (6)
harmony (8) whole (6) alternative (2) recommend (7)

Writing Class Edit

In this Writing Class you will practice what you learned in the unit and improve your writing skills. When you've finished, you can write your own article and send it to your teacher for grading.

Click on the button in the top right corner for help on completing the class.

Click 'Start' when you are ready to begin.

Introduction Edit

Before we begin, let’s look at what a student at your level should be able to do.

Students at this level can write simple connected texts on familiar topics. They can also write simple connected texts on familiar topics. They can also write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.


Now go to the next page to read your writing topic.

Topic Edit

Your topic is: Comparing approaches to medicine

Your company is introducing a new healthcare scheme. Your boss has asked you to write a report stating which type of treatment should be available in the scheme. Do you think staff should be able to use either Western or alternative treatments?

Write 70 – 100 words

Type your writing in the submissions box below and click ‘Submit’ to send it to your teacher. You will receive feedback and corrections by email within 24-48 hours.

Type your writing here and click submit to send it to your Englishtown teacher. You will receive feedback and corrections by email within 24-48 hours.

NetTūrEdit

Vokäb Edit

  • acupoints (totally 400~500 named acupoints along all Meridians)
  • the basic level of acupuncture training for medical acupuncturists is a 200- to 300-hour course.
  • Naturopathic physicians (N.D.s) and chiropractic physicians (D.C.s) should have at least 200 hours of acupuncture training and be approved by their state licensing boards in order to practice acupuncture in their state.

Quiz Edit

  1. Acupuncture treatment usually is not painful. (True/False)
  2. To regulate means to ______. (control/stop/change)
  3. The first thing a practitioner does is ______. (take a medical history/ask questions about your pulse/insert a needle)
  4. Another word for change is ______. (cancel/alter/stay the same)
  5. To block pain means to ______.(find the pain/stop the pain/increase the pain)
  6. A ______ needle bends or moves freely. (flexible/stiff/hard)
  7. An organ is ______. (a kind of needle/a kind of alternative doctor/an important part of your body)
  8. An acupoint is the point where the needle is inserted. (False/True)
  9. Acupuncture releases chemicals in the brain. (True/False)
  10. The treatment takes about one hour. (False/True)

Ikstörnol liŋk Edit

Unit Test Edit

Now, let's test what we've learned in this unit. Please read the directions carefully.

Grammar Edit

  1. Nora is afraid ______ needles.
    1. at
    2. with
    3. by
    4. of
  2. If you want to feel happy, it's important ______ focus on the good things in life.
    1. to
    2. in
    3. for
    4. of
  3. Pamela is pleased ______ her acupuncture treatments.
    1. from
    2. to
    3. with
    4. for
  4. She has always been very good ______ playing tennis.
    1. about
    2. at
    3. from
    4. of
  5. They never seem to get excited ______ anything.
    1. of
    2. with
    3. in
    4. about

Vokäb Edit

  1. Jeremy has a very ______ life. He works hard, but he also visits friends. He eats well and gets plenty of exercise.
    1. balanced
    2. stressful
    3. one-sided
    4. unhealthy
  2. Your body is a ______ of connected parts. If something happens to one part, the other parts are affected.
    1. section
    2. single unit
    3. system
    4. war
  3. My mother has been having a lot of ______ problems. Last month she broke her hip, and now she's having heart trouble.
    1. physical
    2. emotional
    3. mental
    4. dentist
  4. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are examples of ______ medicine.
    1. conventional
    2. alternative
  5. Why doesn't he ever come out with us? He isn't very ______.
    1. individual
    2. isolated
    3. tiny
    4. social

Reading Test Edit

Read the article below and answer the questions that follow. Choose from letters A, B, or C.

Yin and Yang

Are you aware of the fact that in China acupuncture is a common medical practice? Acupuncture is one of many approaches used in Chinese medicine, and it is part of a 2,000-year-old tradition that differs greatly from conventional Western medicine. According to Western medicine, we are constantly being attacked by germs, and Western doctors wage war against these tiny enemies. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, focuses on the balance of two kinds of energy called yin and yang. According to Chinese tradition, different people have different levels of yin and yang. When the energies of yin and yang are in balance, we are healthy; when the energies are out of balance, we become ill.

When something is wrong with a patient, a Chinese medical practitioner's job is to restore the balance of energies. This is done with a combination of diet, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. When a patient goes to a doctor of Chinese medicine, the doctor often spends about twenty minutes taking the patient's pulse. The doctor also looks carefully at the patient's tongue and listens carefully to the patient's breathing. They perform few of the laboratory tests that are common in Western medicine.

Many Western doctors have been skeptical about acupuncture and other Chinese approaches for some time. It is difficult for Western doctors to accept the idea of yin and yang; it is too different from the scientific traditions of Western medicine. But many people in the West are not worried about why Chinese medicine works. Chinese medicine has successfully treated a variety of health problems, including back pain, headaches, arthritis, and addiction. When people feel better, they don't always need to know the reason for their good health.

  1. Chinese medicine focuses on ______ .
    1. balance
    2. germs
    3. enemies
  2. When the energies of yin and yang are in balance we should be ______ .
    1. sick
    2. ill
    3. healthy
  3. A Chinese medical practitioner's job is to restore ______ .
    1. balance
    2. energy
    3. herbal medicine
  4. In Chinese medicine they perform ______ .
    1. few of the laboratory tests that are common in Western medicine
    2. many of the laboratory tests that are common in Western medicine
    3. no laboratory
  5. Another word for doubtful is used in the text. The word is ______ .
    1. alternative
    2. variety
    3. skeptical

Pronunciation Edit

Click on the speaker to listen to the word. Decide whether the first or second syllable is stressed.

  1. Example
    1. first syllable
    2. second syllable
  2. Important
    1. first syllable
    2. second syllable
  3. Energy
    1. first syllable
    2. second syllable
  4. Natural
    1. first syllable
    2. second syllable
  5. Atmosphere
    1. first syllable
    2. second syllable

Listening Test Edit

Click on the speaker to listen to the conversation. Answer the folllowing questions when you are ready. Choose from letters A, B, C, or D.

Passage: Refer to headache and alternative medicines.

  1. What's wrong with Nora?
    1. She has a broken bone.
    2. She has a headache.
    3. There's nothing wrong with her.
    4. She can't see clearly.
  2. How many doctors has Nora been to?
    1. 20
    2. 22
    3. 23
    4. 33
  3. What do the doctors say is wrong with Nora?
    1. They say nothing is wrong with her.
    2. They say she is not eating properly.
    3. They say her system is not balanced.
  4. How does alternative medicine treat problems?
    1. Each problem is treated individually.
    2. Problems are treated as part of a whole system.
    3. Acupuncture solves all of the problems.
    4. Drugs and surgery are used to solve most of the problems.
  5. How does Cedric say that conventional doctors treat your body?
    1. Like a machine.
    2. Like a whole.
    3. Like a balanced system.

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.