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A  typical lesson plan for a multi-level adult literacy or ESL class      

Student Levels: Adults, Beginning / Intermediate-level 

Objective: To develop an awareness of the availability, use, and abuse of over-the-counter-medications; to increase reading for specific information skills; to expand topic-related vocabulary.

Materials Needed: Packages of headache remedies, cold medications, a prepared grid; prepared index cards

Time: 2 class periods (2 hours each) 

Grammar Skills: Present / past / modal verb tenses 

Vocabulary: prescription, non-prescription, cold, flue, headache, hay fever, allergy, cramp, backache, contraception, stomachache, indigestion, diarrhea, band-aide, infection, ointment, cream. pill, tablet, dosage, antacid.   

Cultural Learning: The availability of drugs varies from one culture to another. For example, Asian students may be accustomed to more flexible availability of drugs that we are in the U.S.   

Procedures:

1. Class Work

  • Teacher elicits concept of OTC drugs from students.

  • Teacher elicits common complaints.

  • Teacher introduces information grid and demonstrates the procedures students are to follow. 

2. Group Work

  • Students are divided into small groups of 4 or 5.

  • OTC products are distributed to each group.

  • Students transfer information onto grid.

3. Class Work

Students share the results with the rest of the class.

3. Pair Work

Students are given index cards. One student receives a problem, another receives a response. Students must move about the room matching problems and responses.   

4. Individual Work

  • Each student is assigned a symptom and instructed to go to the drug store to find two products for a remedy. 

  • Each student compares the two products using the grid format.

  • Each student reports back on his/her finding at the next class.

The Grid

Product Name

Sudafed

Pepto-Bismol 

Tylenol

Symptoms

cold

hay fever

allergy

 

 

Form

tablet

 

 

Dosage

12-yrs to adult: 2 tablets

6 yrs. to 12 yrs: 1 tablet 

 

 

Frequency

every 4-6 hours

 

 

Age

adults and children 6-12

 

 

Time Limit

7 days

 

 

Restrictions

not for children under 2 years

for children 2-6 years use Sudafed Syrup

 

 

Side Effects

nervousness

dizziness

sleepiness

 

 

 

The Index Cards

I have a headache. 

You need aspirin.

My child has a cold.

He / she needs Sudafed.

What can I take for diarrhea?

You might try Pepto-Bismol.

I cut my finger. 

Here's a band-aid.

My husband had a stomachache.

He should take an antacid.