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Grade: Senior
Subject: Language

#3714. Food, Meals and Cooking

Language, level: Senior
Posted Sun Mar 26 01:10:05 PST 2006 by Inna Guseva, Yana Asatkina (
Kostroma University of Technologies, Kostroma, Russia
Materials Required: Photocopied lists of vocabulary and grammar, set of word cards.
Activity Time: 4 lessons, 90 minutes each
Concepts Taught: Reading Comprehension and Speaking with the use of new grammar patterns

Lesson 1.

Activity: Reading and Speaking (Brain-storming).
Objective: to introduce new vocabulary and grammar, to find out how much the students already know about eating habits in other countries (Great Britain).
Procedure: Students are given a text and a set of pictures presenting cooking verbs. They should match an action verb and a picture and make up a list of new vocabulary. Then they are given a list of places where people can eat, so they could match a place and its short description given orally or on another card. The teacher gives some background information about British eating habits and students discuss various diets and types of food with the group. Students say what dishes are associated with different countries. ( e.g., sashimi -- Japan, dim sum -- China, pelmeni -- Russia, Yorkshire pudding -- England, etc.)

Lesson 2.

Activity: Expressing opinions and attitudes. Taking notes.
Objective: Expressing agreement and disagreement, social expressions.
Procedure: The teacher divides the students into groups of 3 to 5. Each group should make up a list of healthy and unhealthy diets, prove their choice and exchange ideas. The teacher asks them to discuss the medical importance and benefits of eating healthy. Students should describe healthy foods they eat in their native country. In groups, students create a healthy menu for a dinner. They are encouraged to use familiar and simple recipes. The teacher asks each group to present their recipe to the rest of the class. They can also give an example of an unhealthy menu with lots of calories and so on.

Lesson 3.

Activity: Grammar exercises. Speaking. Reading Comprehension.
Objective: Students revise their knowledge of Passive Voice, Countable/Uncountable Nouns, Modals.
Procedure: students do gapped exercises in their textbooks. They should ask and answer questions using different grammar patterns. They read and write statements and questions using should/shouldn`t : e.g., Should people eat a healthy diet? People shouldn`t eat junk food.

Lesson 4.

Activity: Language Game. Contest between two groups of students.
Objective: Revision of the topical vocabulary.
Procedure: Each group chooses a name and a slogan dealing with the topic. Both groups take turns performing the same tasks, adding their points to get the final score. Tasks include acting a dialogue in the restaurant/snack-bar, domino, crosswords and chain-word games (e.g., leaf tea -- tea cup -- cupboard), working out a slimming diet using a list of words and expressions, grammar task, cooking quiz, etc.