Going to hospital aims to give beginner ESOL learners practice of all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, along with vocabulary related to hospitals.

This teacher’s pack consists of teacher’s notes, classroom resources and makes use of the online modules below. These modules can also be used by learners as a self-access resource, found here.

The pack provides a minimum of 4.5 hours of learning through a series of three linked units which can each be used as a standalone. Each unit provides approximately 90 minutes of classroom time, but extension activities are suggested which provide learners with further practice.

The resource is suitable for community ESOL and ESOL delivered in adult learning or FE, although internet access and projection equipment is needed.

Level: Entry 1 / National 2 in Scotland / CEFR A1

The materials have been differentiated so that they are accessible to pre-Entry 1 learners through to emerging E2 learners.


The three units in Going to hospital are:

Unit 1:  Reading a letter from hospital which builds learners’ confidence in reading a letter from hospital and understanding key information about the place, date and time of an operation.

Unit 2:  Finding your way around hospital which gives learners practice of asking for, understanding and giving directions, within the context of finding their way to a hospital ward. It also builds confidence in reading and understanding common signs.

Unit 3:  A hospital visit which develops reading skills using three thematically linked texts: hospital visiting times, a poster about using a hand sanitizer and a poster about visiting rules. An extension activity gives learners the opportunity to develop their writing skills through writing a Get Well Soon card.

Units 2 and 3 feature a short animation. These films have been scripted specifically for the project and feature the same characters.

Online modules

Module 1:  Reading a letter from hosptial

Module 2:  Finding your way around a hospital

Module 3:  A hospital visit


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All the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place these materials on any other web site without written permission from the British Council. If you have any questions about the use of these materials please email us at: esolnexus@britishcouncil.org