Royal Nurse Tragedy – TEFL Lesson Plan

The nurse who committed suicide was the victim of a hoax call while working at the London hospital where The Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) was being treated for morning sickness.


Of course, this has become global news as the backlash against the Australian radio hosts has unleashed..

So, here’s a timely free TEFL lesson plan for strong Upper Intermediate/ Advanced level English students. (There is also a Teacher sheet available for free download, too)

Reading Skills, vocabulary exercises, Written work, Roleplaying, lots of discussion questions, plus a written homework task should make this a thorough lesson for your learners.

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but just to mention that this lesson needs to be handled with a degree of sensitivity.
Especially important is the roleplay in Exercise 6. It is NOT intended to be a re-enactment of the actual phone call. This should be a ‘benefit of hindsight’ moment, where Ss instill some (needed) hospital protocol and perform a background check, so that the whole tragic affair could have been avoided. Talk through this point with Ss to prepare for this exercise, so that they clearly understand the aim of this roleplay.

Please let me know how you got on with it.


TEFL Lesson Plan (Advanced Level students) – Royal Nurse Suicide Tragedy

Tuesday 11th December: Update/Revision

Re Discussion question ‘c’

The Radio station has said that they will donate all profits for the rest of the year to a fund for Jacintha’s children. A minimum of 500,000 Aus dollars will be donated.

Re Discussion question ‘b’

NB: Use according to your own personal judgement, if you think appropriate.
If there is a lot of ill-feeling towards the presenters from your learners and no-one is mentioning the culpability of the producers or station bosses that authorised the broadcast, then maybe you might wish to use this video. Be careful, it could be harrowing stuff for some. Make sure your learners are up to it in your best judgement. However, it does clearly illustrate that there are no winners, only losers in this terrible case….

Royal Nurse tragedy TEFL LESSON (Teacher Sheet)


Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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