Academic Word List

  • approach
  • area
  • benefits
  • chemical
  • concentrated
  • consequences
  • contrary
  • culture
  • distinct
  • extract
  • focus
  • ignored
  • interact
  • isolated
  • maintaining
  • medical
  • negative
  • obviously
  • positive
  • potentially
  • process
  • refined
  • retained
  • specific
  • target
  • techniques

Other Vocabulary

  • alleviate
  • artificial
  • chemotherapy
  • diluted
  • discarded
  • distilled
  • eradicate
  • essential
  • herbal
  • industrialized
  • intricately
  • laboratory
  • microscope
  • overly
  • pharmacy
  • prescription
  • prizes (v)
  • radiotherapy
  • remedies
  • synthetic


Please click the Exercise link to continue and do exercises 1 and 2.


With your group, look at the responses you gave previously when you were making predictions based on the Listening Introduction. Discuss your findings from your website research together and listen to the Listening Introduction again.


You will now hear the next part of the Listening, which discusses what type of drugs are used for Chinese and Western medicine. As you listen, try to write down anything that might help you remember the main ideas. Look again at the vocabulary words for this Listening because they might be useful to write down as you listen.


Cohen, L. (2012, January 25). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) compared to Western medicine. Decoded Science. Retrieved from http://www.decodedscience.com/traditional-chinese

Herbal Remedy Pro. (n.d.). Herbal remedies or prescription drugs? Retrieved from http://www.herbalremedypro.com/herbsvsdrugs.htm

Lau, S. (2009, February 13). The major differences between Chinese medicine and Western medicine. EzineArticles.com. Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Major-Differences-Between

Traditional Chinese Medicine. (2011, May 4). A comparison between Chinese and Western medicine. Retrieved from http://www.learntcm.com/articles/a-comparison


Please click the Exercise link to continue and do Exercise 3 and 4.



Listen to the passage again and complete the table in Exercise 5. Then do exercise 6 and 7.