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Fabulous Food and Eating Listening, Speaking and Vocabulary Lessons

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.

 1 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.

Asking for information in a restaurant dialogues

Asking for information: restaurant dialogues (PDF)

(Youtube video of this exercise)

Restaurant dialogues

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2 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.  

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

Common expressions for talking about food (PDF)

Common expressions for talking about food

3 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.

Vocabulary and expressions for talking about food (PDF)

Talking about food vocabulary dictation

4 Talking about food and eating vocabulary dictation 2

Another vocabulary and common expressions listening exercise.

Talking about food dictation 2 (PDF)

2 Talking about food vocabulary dictation 2

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 5 Elementary  food conversation listening/speaking worksheet

Students can listen to the audio dialogue and complete the conversation. They can practice the conversation  or create their  own  conversation.

Food listening/speaking worksheet for esl students

Food conversation dialogue (PDF)

Elementary  food conversation

6 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.

Restaurant complaint and troubles conversations listening and speaking activity

Restaurant troubles vocabulary and speaking exercise (PDF)

Restaurant troubles

7 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.

Ordering in a restaurant vocabulary and expressions ESL worksheet

Ordering in a restaurant dialogue (PDF)

Ordering in a restaurant

8 Flavor sorting

This is a flavor sorting exercise.

9 Types of food sorting

This is a sorting exercise for types of food.

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