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13 Fabulous Food and Eating Language and Vocabulary Lessons

When teaching a topic like food, eating and restaurants, it is great to have a smorgasbord of activities  at the ready. A mix of vocabulary, speaking, brainstorming  and grammar exercises can help create a successful lesson.

1 Create a conversation about food

 
    This is a speaking and role play  activity to get students talking about food with their own ideas. Students use the cues at the top of the page to create their own conversations. 

Elementary food and eating conversation or dialogue writing exercise for English language students.

Create a food conversation (PDF)

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2 Common expressions for talking about food

 
  This  is a language and speaking activity for using common expressions to talk about food and eating

Language and speaking activity for using common expressions to talk about food and eating.

Common expressions for talking about food (PDF)

3 Types of food sorting worksheet (elementary icebreaker for teaching food)

 
    This is an English language food vocabulary worksheet with images to help students learn the language of food and food types. This is a fun and engaging exercise and it is a great icebreaker for a lesson plan based on food. Students sort foods into the appropriate categories. 

Elementary types of food vocabulary sorting worksheet for English language learners.

Types of food sorting sorting (PDF)

4 Taste & flavor sorting worksheet

This is a more advanced icebreaker or introductory activity for teaching about food and ingredients. Students have to sort the types of food by their flavor. This is an easy brainstorm activity that quickly engages  students with the topic of food. Students sort foods into the appropriate categories.

 

Taste and flavor vocabulary sorting exercise for English language learners.

Taste and flavor vocabulary sorting (PDF)

5 Ordering in a restaurant conversation worksheet (with answers)

This is a  fun “Ordering in a Restaurant” gap fill speaking activity for an English language  class.   Students use the words in the box to complete the conversation. Then the students can practice  the conversations, perform role plays and/or write their own “Ordering in a Restaurant” dialogues.

Ordering in a restaurant conversation/dialogue/role play between waitress and customer with vocabulary and expressions ESL worksheet

Ordering in a restaurant dialogue (PDF)

6 Food conversation worksheet

Food and restaurant lessons provide topical material that can be used for dialogues and role plays. In addition, food-related topics are the easy to teach because there is a wealth of great visual material available to spice up lessons. Students use the words in the box to complete the conversation. They can then create their  own “talking about food” conversation.

food conversation worksheet for esl students

Food conversation dialogue (PDF)

7 Asking for information: restaurant dialogues worksheet (with answers)

This is an English language exercise to help students prepare to work in a restaurant or just learn about common restaurant exchanges so they are prepared to travel abroad or eat out with English language speakers. Students attempt to complete the dialogues.

Asking for information in a restaurant dialogues

Asking for information: restaurant dialogues (PDF)

8  Food/Restaurant Survey speaking activity

 
  A fun and reliable speaking activity for a large class. The teacher models the activity using the example questions and a survey template drawn on the board. Students are then encouraged to write their own questions.  During the survey part of the activity the teacher is free to monitor the students and also participate, having an opportunity to speak to students individually. As the students are finishing their surveys, the teacher can write a model report on the board. 

Food and restaurant classroom survey exercise

Food and restaurant classroom survey speaking activity (PDF)

9 Talking about food and eating vocabulary worksheet

This is a fun way to start a class and introduce the language for talking about  food and eating to English language learners. Dictate the vocabulary  on Page 2 of the PDF and tell the students to find the appropriate picture and to write the expressions on the picture. Dictate the words randomly. Alternatively, if the students are quite weak scramble the words on the whiteboard. The  exercise includes the food phrases and expressions below.

Language and vocabulary worksheet and lesson for talking about food.

Vocabulary and expressions for talking about food (PDF)

10 Elements of food & eating vocabulary worksheet (with answers)

This is an English language exercise introducing basic food and eating vocabulary. It  is a fun way to introduce the language and vocabulary for talking about food and eating to English language learners. Pictures help to stimulate students’s minds and engage their interest quickly.Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures.

Common food and eating vocabulary and expressions

Elements of food and eating (PDF)

11 Basic vocabulary for ingredients worksheet

This is a fun way to introduce the language and vocabulary for talking about food and eating to English language learners. Pictures help to stimulate students’ minds and engage their interest quickly. This English language exercise introduces  basic cooking ingredients vocabulary. The teacher can dictate the words from Page 2 of the PDF in random order or give the students Page 3 and tell them to try to match the vocabulary for the ingredients to the pictures. The vocabulary included in this exercise is listed below.

Elementary Vocabulary for food ingredients exercise for ESL students.

Basic vocabulary for ingredients (PDF)

12  Talking about restaurant problems

This is another challenging exercise that  can be used to review and assess students’ knowledge of the language and vocabulary for talking about food and eating. In this   ESL speaking exercise students have to be able to talk about problems or complaints in a restaurant. First, students try to match the vocabulary at the bottom of the page to the pictures. They can then use that vocabulary to answer questions about the pictures. Vocabulary included in this exercise is listed below.

lipstick, glass, angry, man, bill, laughing, overcharge, service, expensive, teen, eating, restaurant, menu, spilling, mess, coffee, pizza, fly, soup, cigarette, smoke, shocking, coughing

 

Restaurant problems speaking and vocabulary exercise

Restaurant problems vocabulary and speaking exercise (PDF)

13 Speaking skills worksheet: restaurant troubles

This is an English language speaking exercise to help encourage students to practice common restaurant service conversations and exchanges. This kind of exercise encourages students to expand their vocabulary and improve their fluency.

 

Restaurant complaint and troubles conversations speaking activity

Restaurant troubles vocabulary and speaking exercise (PDF)

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