Gastrodiplomacy (with food idioms)

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Vocabulary - food idioms

food idioms


This food lesson plan is prepared for B2 students and it concerns a phenomenon called gastrodiplomacy. Sounds weird but basically it means promoting one’s country through food. It’s an interesting concept to strike up a conversation about food and culture and how they build relations.

The worksheet is based on a video (8 min) which explains the term and gives more details about it. The in-class part should take around 45/60 minutes depending on how much your group of students will be engaged in answering questions from the last exercise.

B2 / Upper Intermediate45 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan/ Free

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


There are just two things that your students must do at home: study new vocabulary and watch the video.

First of all, at home students need to learn some vocabulary that appears in the video. It will be easier for them to understand the concept and answer comprehension questions. Therefore, they need to read 8 sentences and match words/phrases in bold with their meanings. The second task is listening comprehension. Students watch the video and find answers to four questions.


In the classroom, the lesson should start with a discussion based on what students have watched and what they remember from the video. There are four questions which also concern students’ opinions about gastrodiplomacy. Next, they should think of some dish they like (from their country or other), work in pairs and describe it to their partner. They should also explain why they have chosen that dish.

As this lesson plan is about food and cuisine, the next task includes a lot of food idioms. Students have to study food idioms/expressions and their meanings, and then complete them with correct words from the list. These include such food-related idioms as turn sour, have a lot on one’s plate, have a bun in the oven, sell like hot cakes, etc. Finally, students work in pairs and answer questions which contain idioms from the previous task to practise using them. Try to monitor whether they use and understand all these idiomatic expressions correctly.



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  1. Very well planned with useful information that motivates communication. Thank you!!


    1. Happy to hear that 🙂


  2. Wow, I love this lesson, brilliant and beautifully done! Great job guys and thanks for sharing! :))


    1. Enjoy! We’re glad you like it!


  3. Do you have also B1 worksheets?


    1. Sure! A few of them actually. Use the top menu to see lesson plans for different levels. You can actually find all B1 worksheets here:


  4. Guys, you are life savers! Thanks a lot.


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