Have I ever told you about...? English Template, Intermediate Mid

Please Note: Many of the activities on the Pathways Project OER Repository were created by upper-division students at Boise State University and serve as a foundation that our community of practice can build upon and refine. While they are polished, we welcome and encourage collaboration from language instructors to help modify grammar, syntax, and content where needed. Kindly contact pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu with any suggestions and we will update the content in a timely manner.  — The Pathways Project

About the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) Language Activity Repository

The activities provided by the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) serve as foundational activities which can be adapted by any language and scaled up or down on the proficiency scale. Many of these activities offer an English Version that is “language-agnostic” to provide language instructors from around the country a platform to remix these instructional materials, infusing them with their target language and culture! The activities within the Pathways Project OER Repository seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive skills through task-based situations or communicative activities. These activities should be facilitated in the target language for approximately 90% (or more), per the recommendation of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

How to use the WLRC Repository’s Activities:

1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

If you have any suggestions about grammar, syntax, and content, please kindly contact pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu

2. Remix for Your Language Classroom:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for the needs of your language classroom, simply click the blue “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. This will then take you to a screen with a NEW, editable version of this activity. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students in the target language, and may be altered for different levels and age groups. All activities have “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, a main activity, and a wrap-up.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials such as Google Slideshows. If you would like to make changes to these materials for your classroom, follow the instructions below:

  • Google Slideshows:
    • To begin, go to File -> Copy to create an editable version of the slideshow.
    • Once finished with your changes, please complete the following steps to share:
    • Click on Share
    • Who Has Access
    • Ensure link sharing is on and allow external access.
  • Materials Saved as PDF: Please email pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu and we will provide you with an editable copy. Please allow up to two business days for a response. For YouTube videos and other websites, hyperlinks are provided. 

Have I ever told you about...?


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 (target language) on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in (target language) 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 (target culture)
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between (target culture) and their own.

Idaho State Standards for World Languages:

  • 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.
  • CLTR 1.2- Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.
  • CLTR 1.3- Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

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:

To edit activity materials, download a copy of the materials and edit the copy, not the original. 


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 your target culture. See the link below for an example. 


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


1. In your opinion, how much does medical insurance cost in the United States? Is it expensive? 

2. How much does an appendix operation cost?

3. How much time do you spend in the waiting room when you go to the doctor?

4. When you went to the doctor, how much was your copayment?

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. 

There are 6 words on each card. Try to use all the words to tell a story about what happened in the past. The story doesn’t have to be true, try to be creative!

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


Card - head, pain, a lot of, aspirin, to fall, to buy. 

Story - When I was a little girl, my mom bought me a bike for my birthday, but one day I fell. My head hurt for a lot of days in a row and I needed to take aspirin.


Ask the following questions to finish the labs: 

What do you think about vaccinations? 

What do you do when you’re sick? 

Have you ever received a bad injury where you needed to go to the hospital? What happened?

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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