Workflow lesson for describing and talking about food – beginners to advanced
Objective: To develop language for describing food in an oral and written context.
- Social Media Tools: Pinterest, Facebook
- Quiz resource: Englishinsider Food quizzes at teacherspayteachers or teachersmarketplace
- Apps: Epicurous, Taste, YouTube, Camera feature, ShowMe
Teaching and Learning Cycle
Building the context and vocabulary
- Name food items in supermarket advertisements, on excursions to the grocery store and in the Food Vocabulary Quiz.
- Identify food from the Englishinsider Food Vocabulary Pinterest board.
- Students create their own Pinterest food board based on a grocery list or ingredients for a recipe.
- Srudents create a Pinterest board for categories such as fruit, vegetables, dairy, meats etc.
- Collect and pin favourite recipes to share and talk about in pairs and small groups on a Pinterest board.
- Share photographs of food or meals they have cooked via Facebook.
- Search free recipe apps such as Epicurous and Taste to read recipes and become familiar with ingredient and cooking related words.
- Talk about the most common food items, ingredients and recipes from their own culture in pairs and small groups.
- Ask students to respond to questions about food from their own country by creating a Facebook poll
Modelling the text
- Identify and read main structural and language features of an online recipe – Ingredients, Method, food and cooking related vocabulary, action verbs, step by step instructions.
- Practice understanding recipes by completing Food Recipe Interactive Quiz 2, reading print or online recipes, watching online cooking shows and taking notes.
- Complete Food Report Interactive Quiz 3 and discuss the structure and language of reports.
Joint construction of text
- Watch Food Safari or another cooking show, take notes and re-write the recipe in pairs.
- Share the recipe by explaining it to another student.
- When the recipe is completely written, share it on Facebook. Documents can be uploaded to a Facebook Group page. In this way, a collection of recipes can be shared.
- Write a simple report on food in pairs after watching a food documentary.
Independent construction of text
- Student write a recipe by themselves and with the Camera function of the iPad record explaining the recipe.
- Upload video recording of student to a wiki, blog or Moodle or to Show Me.
- Survey students so that they self-assess their oral performance or conduct a peer to peer assessment.
- Students individually write a simple report describing food from their own culture and upload to wiki, blog or Moodle. Documents can also be uploaded to a Facebook Group page.