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 Bad restaurant role play

Bad restaurant is a listening speaking and role play exercise for talking about restaurant food and service.

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Bad restaurant role play

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2 Talking about food conversation

A listening/speaking and writing-a-conversation exercise for upper elementary students.

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Talking about food conversation

3 Introduction to ingredients

This is a fun way to start a class and introduce the vocabulary for ingredients to English language learners. Get students to watch the video or listen to the audio and write the vocabulary on the pictures on the PDF worksheet. Or you can just dictate the words randomly.

(Teacher’s sheets)

(Student’s worksheet)

(YouTube video)

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4 Talking about food and eating vocabulary dictation

This is a similar format to the exercise above but it’s for talking about  food and eating.

Talking about food (PDF- teacher)

Talking about food (PDF- student)

(see the YouTube video)

Talking about food vocabulary dictation

 5 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

 6 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)

(see the video on YouTube)

Elementary  food conversation

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)

(see the video on YouTube)

Ordering in a restaurant

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 Flavor sorting

This is a flavor sorting exercise.

12 Types of food sorting

This is a sorting exercise for types of food.

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13 Restaurant problems

What is going on in the pictures?

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