In this ESL lesson about coffee and food culture students have a lot of discussion, watch a video, study nouns that can be both countable and uncountable, and have a lot of fun practice.
DISCUSSION & VIDEO
This ESL lesson about coffee and food culture starts with a warm-up. Students examine two pictures, discuss them and talk about their food preferences, food culture in their country, etc. After that, students read three short texts about hummus, dumplings, and coffee. They discuss whether they like them and if they are part of their country’s food culture. Before the reading part, students get a chance to revise the difference between countable and uncountable nouns.
Afterwards, students move on to a video. First, students are told that they are going to watch a video about coffee culture in Naples. Students look at some aspects and decide which of them the coffee culture of Naples comprises. Then, they watch the video for the first time and check their answers. Students watch another part of the video again to correct the mistakes in sentences about one particular tradition – caffè sospeso. After students have finished the activities related to the video, they participate in a discussion. They talk about their coffee preferences and similar traditions.
GRAMMAR & PRACTICE
In this part of the ESL lesson about coffee and food culture, students work with grammar more. They look at the sentences from the video and decide what the differences in meaning between coffee and coffees are. After that, they look at some more similar examples (e.g. food vs foods, fruit vs fruits, a cake vs cake, etc.) and try to come up with their own examples. Then, students have more practice and choose a word to complete sentences. They also do a more creative task and think of two consequences for situations (e.g. Two friends are in a café but one of them is on a diet.) using words in two different forms (e.g. cheese and cheeses).
The ESL lesson about coffee also includes a supplementary task to practise grammar. In the task, students need to complete the questions with one of the words and match them to the responses. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet and can be printed for students or accessed in the e-lesson plan for online teaching.
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