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10 Food and Restaurant Language and Vocabulary Exercises

1 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.

“add ingredients” “It’s delicious”  “mix everything together”

“easy to cook”      “follow the recipe”        “comfort food”

“many flavors”      “looks fresh” “eat too much”

“messy eater”       “feel full”        “feel like chicken”

“many kinds of nuts”    “prepare the vegetables”

“I’m starving”    “good for you”   “lots of protein”     “season with spices”

“serve the passengers”      “an unhealthy diet” “tastes good”

“a healthy lunch” “It’s made from wheat flour”  “juice contains Vitamin C”

“spinach makes you strong”      “smells good”

“turkey is my specialty”
Vocabulary and expressions exercise for talking about food

Vocabulary and expressions for talking about food (PDF)

2 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. Click on the image or the link to download the printable PDF file.

bacon    basil  breadcrumbs    cheese     coconut milk     garlic

cinnamon   cloves    herbs  chilli      lemmon grass    limes

mint mushrooms      olive oil     parmesan     parsley   soy sauce

spices      mixed nuts    ginger    pepper    walnuts    vinegar

salt      vanilla      sun-dried    tomato

Vocabulary for food ingredients exercise

Basic vocabulary for ingredients (PDF)

3 Verbs for food preparation worksheet (with answers)

 
This is an  English  language  exercise  focusing on verbs for food preparation and cooking.  Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures and write a short  sentence for each picture. Click  the link  to download the printable PDF file.

 

Verbs for food preparation and cooking language and vocabulary exercises

Verbs for food preparation and cooking (PDF)

4 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 roleplays 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)

5 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)

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  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)

8  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)

9 Taste & flavor sorting worksheet

This is an 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

Taste and flavor vocabulary sorting (PDF)

10 Types of food sorting worksheet

 
    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. 

Types of food sorting sorting (PDF)

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