13 Fabulous Food and Eating Listening, Speaking and Vocabulary Lessons
Updated 8th February, 2021
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, listening, speaking, brainstorming and grammar exercises can help create a successful lesson.
1 Talking about food and eating vocabulary dictation
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.
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2 Talking about food and eating vocabulary dictation 2
Another vocabulary and common expressions listening exercise.
3 Common expressions for talking about food (listening/speaking with answers and audio)
This is a vocabulary, listening and speaking activity for using common expressions to talk about food and eating. Students match the sentences the pictures and answer the questions. The listening activity could be done first or last. The students listen to the short conversational exchanges and match the letter of the item to the pictures.
4 Listening and speaking skills worksheet: restaurant troubles (with audio and answers)
For this exercise students listen to the conversations and match the items (A-I) to the pictures. Then they listen to the short exchanges again and try to complete the speech bubbles. This kind of exercise encourages students to expand their vocabulary and improve their listening skills.
5 Ordering in a restaurant listening activity and conversation worksheet (with audio answers)
This is a fun “Ordering in a Restaurant” gap fill speaking activity for an English language class. Students listening to audio and complete the conversation. Then the students can practice the conversation, perform role plays and/or write their own “Ordering in a Restaurant” dialogues.
6 Asking for information: restaurant dialogues speaking and listening worksheet (with audio 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. Then they can listen to the conversations and compare their answers.
8 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.
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.
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.
11 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.
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.
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.