Food is one of my favourite themes in the ESL classroom. Everyone can relate to food and has some opinion about the topic.
Talking about food, nutrition, and cooking is a great way to get the students interested. These games tasks and activities work well in a class about food.
Iron ChefIron Chef was a famous cooking show that had two contestants in a cooking challenge. It can be adapted to the classroom for a fun activity.
Write the categories of food on the board. Decide with the students what foods from each category you would need for a good kitchen.
Place students in groups of 3 – 4. The teams take turns choosing the foods from the board until all the foods have been eliminated. With the foods they have chosen the teams plan together to make a full meal, with appetizer, salad, soup, main, desert, and drinks. They then present each course of their meal to the class and teacher can later decide on a winner in each category and overall.
Traditional RecipesThe students can either discuss or present traditional recipes from thier countries. They enjoy telling the class about the food and why it is famous. Also, explaining the recipe is a great way to review giving directions.
Food LabelsFood labels provide a great vocabulary activity. Explain to the students the meaning of calories, carbohydrates, protein, etc.
Using their own food products, students can analyze the labels and discuss the similarities and differences.