Health Vocabulary in French – In the Hospital
Now we are going to look at hospital vocabulary, again with the aid of a role-playing activity.
Un bandage – bandage
Un pensement – small dress in g
Un thermomètre – thermometer
Une seringue – a syringe
Un fauteuil roulant – a wheelchair
Une canne – a walking stick
Une béquille – a crutch
Une masque – facemask
Un stéthoscope – stethoscope
Un scalpel – scalpel
Les ciseaux (m pl) – scissors
Un forceps – forceps
Une transfusion sanguine – blood transfusion
Un analgésique – painkiller
Un calmant – tranquilizer
Une écharpe – sling
Une éclisse – splint
Une aiguille – needle
Un plâtre – plaster (cast)
Une perfusion de sérum isotonique – saline drip
Pre-lesson preparation – print enough copies of the attached health vocabulary in French worksheet for half the class, and cut the vocabulary into squares.
Divide the students into pairs once more. One student is now to be the doctor, and the other in charge of hospital supplies. The doctor must request three items of equipment from the Supply Manager to treat a specific patient, trying to re-use as much of the vocabulary from the previous exercise as possible.
For example – "J'ai un patient qui a mal à la jambe. Je voudrais un fauteuil roulant, des bandages et un analgésique, s'il vous plaît." The Supply Manager can't hand over the equipment unless the doctor can justify its use, and should challenge by asking further questions if necessary. If the doctor asks correctly, the Supply Manager should hand over the relevant squares of paper, which can't be used again. Once the doctor has requested and received nine pieces of equipment, the students should reverse roles.
These simple exercises should help your students to learn health vocabulary in French, and be prepared!