When teaching a topic like food, eating and restaurants, it is great to have a variety of activities at the ready. A mix of vocabulary, listening, speaking, brainstorming and grammar exercises can help create a successful lesson.
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.
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Students can listen to the audio dialogue and complete the conversation. They can practice the conversation or create their own conversation.
Elementary food conversation
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.
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.
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.
Another vocabulary and common expressions listening exercise.
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.
This is a flavor sorting exercise.
This is a sorting exercise for types of food.