Spanish Level 4, Activity 02: ¿Alguna vez te conté sobre…? / Did I ever tell you about…? (Face-To-Face)

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¿Alguna vez te conté sobre…? Intermediate Mid


Students will be able to recount events that have happened to them using vocabulary about health and body parts. Students will learn to discuss injuries, illness, and medical related events. Students will also learn more about insurance and medical costs. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate Mid


Health, medicine, body, sick, injury

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 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.”

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.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast medical treatment between my culture and the target culture. 
  • I can tell others about stories that happened to me in the past.
  • I can create a story about a health incident that took place using health-related terms.

Materials Needed:

Would you like to make changes to the materials? Access the template(s) below:

- Word Bank Cards (Canva Template, free account required)


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

2. Together in a group of 2-3 students, have them list the following for the United States:

- Estimated cost of insurance

- Cost for different types of surgeries

- Average wait time 

- Then, share the information from Mexico

3. Have the students react by comparing and contrasting. The questions and answers are also listed on the Google Slideshow. 


1. En tu opinión, ¿Cuánto cuesta el seguro médico en los Estados Unidos?

2. ¿Cuánto cuesta una operación de apéndice? 

3. ¿Cuánto tiempo pasas en la sala de esperas cuando vas al médico?

4. Cuando fuiste al doctor, ¿Cuánto fue tu copago?


1. El seguro médico en los Estados Unidos varía entre 200 y 600 dólares por mes y depende de la edad que tienes.

2. Una operación del apéndice cuesta 40.000 dólares.

3. Usualmente, no se espera mucho tiempo porque primero se hace una cita antes de ir al doctor, pero a veces los médicos se tardan mucho en terminar con otro paciente. 

4. El copago que se hace antes de hablar con el doctor usualmente es de unos 30-50 dólares.


1. ¿Cuánto cuesta el seguro médico en México?

2. En tu opinión, ¿Cuánto cuesta una operación de apéndice? 

3. ¿Cuánto tiempo pasas en la sala de esperas cuando vas al médico?


1. La aseguranza en México cuesta alrededor de 200 dólares.

2. Una operación del apéndice cuesta entre 1060 y 2600 dólares.

3. Se espera mucho tiempo para ver al médico.

Main Activity

1. Pair up students and give each student a card from the stack.

2. On the card will be 6 vocabulary words from class related to health. Using as many of these words as possible, the students will have to tell their partner about something that happened to them in the past. They should be using the past tense, as singular events are preterite based. 

Hay seis palabras en cada tarjeta. Intenten usar todas las palabras para crear una historia sobre algo que ocurrió en el pasado. La historia no tiene que ser verdadera, intenten ser creativos!

3. Once students finish with one card they can pick up a new one and find a new partner. 

Ejemplo: Tarjeta - cabeza, doler, bastante, la aspirina, caerse, comprar. Cuando era una niña, mi madre compró una bicicleta para mi cumpleaños pero un día me se cayó. Por muchos días, me dolía la cabeza y necesitaba tomar aspirina.


Ask the following questions to finish the labs: 

¿Te duele o te molesta recibir una inyección o vacuna?

¿Qué remedios toman ustedes cuando están enfermos?

 ¿Quien ha sufrido una herida tan horrible que era necesario ir al hospital? ¿Qué pasó?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• 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 medical treatment between my culture and the target culture. 
  • I can tell others about stories that happened to me in the past.
  • I can create a story about a health incident that took place using health-related terms.

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