Conversations for foodies

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LESSON SET OVERVIEW

With this lesson set, your students will:

  • learn cooking vocabulary,
  • watch Jamie Oliver’s video,
  • share their favourite recipes,
  • discover food idioms and put them into practice,
  • depending on your choice of lessons, discuss gastrodiplomacy or food used in art,
  • raise a serious topic and talk about either food and environment or health issues.

The set is perfect for food lovers and students who think that food is much more than nutrition.

This is a lesson set. Use the lessons in the set in the suggested order. Learn more about sets here.

Each lesson in the set is also a standalone lesson.

Lesson 1

Start with a cooking lesson
cooking lesson plan
Flipped Lesson 45 min Unlimited Plan

What is your signature dish? (cooking lesson plan)

Lifestyle

Students learn cooking vocabulary (e.g. pour, slice, zest, pinch, etc.), share experiences, watch the video and recreate the recipe. They also write their own recipes using the vocabulary from the lesson.

Lesson 2

Choose one of the lessons to continue food conversations
food idioms
Flipped Lesson 45 min Free+

Gastrodiplomacy (with food idioms)

Lifestyle

Before class, students explore vocabulary (e.g. edible, come up with, take over) and watch a video on gastrodiplomacy or a country's promotion through food. In class, students talk about the idea and learn food idioms (e.g. turn sour, spill the beans). Encourage students to use the vocabulary from Lesson 1 in ex. 4 (slide 14).

food idioms practice
Standard Lesson 60 min Unlimited Plan

Unusual ways of using food

Lifestyle

Students talk about foodscape design, watch a video and reflect on unusual ways of using food. They explore food idioms (e.g. be nuts about, a piece of cake) and practise them through a series of written and oral exercises.

Lesson 3

Use one of the lessons to talk about food and global issues
carbon footprint
Critical Reading Club 30 min Unlimited Plan

Why eating locally is not enough

Global Issues

Before class, students read an article about food’s carbon footprint. In class, they revise useful vocabulary (e.g. seasonal food, health and dietary restrictions) and discuss their food choices and the factors that influence them. Encourage students to use food idioms from Lesson 2 in the discussion in ex. 3 (slides 8-9).

lesson about diet and obesity
Standard Lesson 60 min Unlimited Plan

Should junk food be taxed?

Global Issues

Students discuss diet and obesity, reflect on the factors contributing to the problem, listen to a news report and learn some health-related words (e.g. prescribe, well-being, holistic). Encourage students to use vocabulary from Lesson 2 in the discussion in ex. 8 (slides 20) and in debates in ex. 10-11 (slides 25-26).

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