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Porphyria – 30 Minute Worksheet

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Teacher Notes

  • Topic: porphyria (vampire syndrome)

  • Timing: 30–40 mins

  • Lesson type/focus: reading and vocabulary

  • Level: B2–C1

  • Sector: Medicine, Nursing

  • Medical area: symptoms, diseases and conditions, treatment

  • Skills Focus: Reading, vocabulary


  • developing topic-specific vocabulary

  • reading for detail

Teaching notes and answer key

Part 1: speaking

Part 1: Review the vocabulary terms: the stressed syllable is in bold.

Put students into pairs or small groups and ask them to discuss questions 1–3 on the student worksheet. Do whole class feedback to discuss and share answers.

Part 2: vocabulary                      

  1. Ask students to look at the list of words. Model the pronunciation and have students say each one aloud.

Don’t go through the meanings of the words as students are going to look at this in activity B.


  1. Have students work in pairs to complete the definitions with words from A.


Go through the answers as a class.

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