Spanish Level 2, Activity 13: La Salud / Health (Face to Face)

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La Salud, Novice Mid


In this activity, students will learn what medicines treat which conditions and which relieve symptoms of illness in the target language. Students will learn to describe medicines and symptoms to be relieved. Students will discuss home remedies in Mexico. Students will also compare and contrast medicines and home remedies in the United States in comparison to Mexico.  

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


health, medicine, cough, flu, allergies, headache, nausea

Relevant 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 Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.

Relevant Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • CONN 2.3 - Compare and contrast cultural similarities and differences in authentic materials.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast remedies for illness in the United States and Spanish speaking countries.
  • I can identify some typical products and practices related to familiar everyday life such as the medicine people take. 
  • I can recommend medicines and remedies for illnesses. 

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introduce the Can-Do statements

2. Have students watch the various commercials for medicine. At the end of each video, have students guess what product sells the commercial was for, and what part of the video makes them think that. (En the Google Slideshow)

"Pon atención a los siguientes anuncios sobre medicina que mostraré en la  siguiente presentación y responde las preguntas correspondientes".

A. Alergias: Reactine

B. Para la tos: Vicks

C. La gripe: Histiacil 

D. Dolor de cabeza: Advil 

E. Nausea y mareo: Dramamine 

3. At the end of each video, have students guess what the commercial was for, and what part of the video makes them think that.

"Al final de cada video, pregunta: ¿Qué vende el commercial? ¿Cómo saben que vende eso?"

4. Discuss with students new words or phrases they may have learned from the videos. These are some phrases you could talk about if the students didn't recognize any of the words from the videos. ¿Cuáles son algunos frases nuevas o palabras nuevas que escucharon?

a. Reactine: “Reactine te libera de estos síntomas de alergia.” 

b. Vicks: “La eficacia del jarabe Vicks en pastillas para mayor comodidad contra las tos.”

c. Vicks #2: “Alivio de congestión nasal, tos, y dolor muscular.”

d. Histiacil: “Histiacil alivia la tos, lo que sea.”

e. Advil: “Una potente combinación para quitarme en minutos un fuerte dolor de cabeza.”

f. Dramamine: “La marca número uno en prevenir y aliviar nausea, mareo, y vomito.”

i. NOTE: Many of the commercials use “Alivia” which means “Relieves” 

5. Discuss the similar products that we have in the United States to those that are shown in the videos.

"¿Cuáles son algunos productos similares que venden aquí en Estados Unidos?"

Main Activity

1. First, there will be 3 (very sick) people that the students need to give medicine to, depending on what the symptoms are.

"Ahora, va a haber 3 personas muy enfermas que necesitan medicina, todos tienen diferentes síntomas. Dependiendo del síntoma, les tenemos que dar la medicina correcta a cada persona enferma."

2. Next, show students a photo of a medicine from other countries. The students will guess what medicine is trying to relieve.

"Estas son fotos de unas medicinas en otros países. ¿Pueden pensar en los los síntomas que la medicina ayuda a curar? ¿Saben qué es curar en Inglés? Sí, “curar” significa “to cure.”" 

3. Have students choose pharmaceutical medicines to help relieve the symptoms of the "sick" people. 

¿Cuáles de estas medicinas farmacéuticas ayudarían los síntomas de las personas enfermas?

4. Then, show students home remedies from other countries with the items that are used in those home remedies. The students will try to guess what symptoms are treated with those remedies, just like they did for the medicine.

"Ahora, vamos a hablar de remedios caseros de otros países. ¿Saben qué significa “remedios caseros” en Ingles? Sí, “remedios caseros” significa “home remedies.” Esto se usa para hacer el remedio casero. ¿Pueden pensar en los los síntomas que el remedio casero ayuda a curar?"

5. Students will choose which home remedies would help the "sick" people.

"Ahora, ¿Qué remedios caseros recomendarías a las personas enfermas?" 

6. They will repeat the same process until they go through all the medicine and remedies. 

"Vamos a seguir recomendando medicina o remedios caseros para aliviar los síntomas de las personas. ¡Trata de escoger diferentes!"


Ask the following questions to finish the lab: 

1. ¿Has oído de estas medicinas antes? ¿Dónde? 

2. ¿Has oído de estos remedios caseros antes? ¿Dónde?

3. ¿Somos buenos doctores, o no? ¿Por qué?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast remedies for illness in the United States and Spanish speaking countries.
  • I can identify some typical products and practices related to familiar everyday life such as the medicine people take. 
  • I can recommend medicines and remedies for illnesses. 

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