Food culture, coffee culture

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Grammar - nouns that are both countable and uncountable

ESL lesson about coffee


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.

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan


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. 


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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  1. ergenebru

    Great lesson. And I love the coffee illustrations! Who is the artist, please? Thank you

    1. Justa

      Thanks for the comment! You can find the author of these illustrations here.

  2. Lignum Nyelviskola

    It cheered me up 🙂 it is a vibrating summer lesson! Pls make more 😀

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much! We’re happy you liked it 🙂

  3. Noelle Sol

    great lesson! however, I noticed that in all the esl brains the word practice is misspelled… you say ‘let’s practise’ when you should say ‘lets practice’

    1. Justa

      Actually, when we talk about the verb ‘practise’/’practice’, both are correct. At ESL Brains, we tend to use the BrE one more often. You can see both options in this dictionary entry.

  4. Marie Richard

    This is fab and the video in Napoli is great! Thanks!

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much for your comment! We’re happy you enjoyed this lesson 🙂


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