Food and Drink - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
Containers and Amounts
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
This supplementary worksheet helps to teach students about containers and amounts that are used with food and drink items. Students begin by matching container words to pictures. Then, students are given a set of food and drink items which they match with each container or amount. An answer key is provided.
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
This worthwhile activity is perfect for teaching or reviewing food vocabulary and cooking verbs. Each pair of students is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together, students write down all the food words they can think of that match with different cooking methods, e.g. fry, grill, bake, roast, etc. They get ten minutes to write as many words as they can. After that, they exchange their worksheets with another pair for marking. Each pair receives one point for each correctly formed and spelt food word. The pair with the most correct answers wins the game.
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Food and Drink Habits
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
This ESL activity helps to teach students how to talk about their eating habits. Students write about their own eating and drinking habits and then they find other students with the same answers. First, students complete different present simple questions that describe their own eating and drinking habits on a worksheet. When they have done that, the students go round the class asking and answering the questions to find people with the same answers. When they find someone with the same answer, they write that person’s name on their worksheet. As a follow-up, the students report back on the eating habits of the class.
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Fruit and Vegetables
ESL EFL Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This enjoyable teaching activity is made up of several vocabulary games that help students learn the names of fruits and vegetables. Each pair of students is given a set of fruit and vegetable vocabulary cards and picture cards. The students spread the cards out face down on the table. Students then take it in turns to turn over a vocabulary card and a picture card. If the word matches with the picture, the student wins a point. The student then writes the name of the fruit or vegetable on the back of the picture card and keeps the card. The vocabulary card is removed from the game. If the cards don’t match, the student turns them over again. The students play until all the cards have been matched. Afterwards, the students put all the picture cards face up on the table. The students then divide the picture cards into two piles: fruit and vegetables. When they have finished, the students see if they can remember the names of the fruits and vegetables by choosing a picture card and then saying the word. They then turn over the card to see if the word on the back of the card matches with their answer. If it does, they keep the card and score a point. When the cards have been used up, the students add up all their points and see who the winner is.
Make a Menu
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this inventive teaching activity, students create dishes for a restaurant menu. Each dish comes with a description of the ingredients and the price. Students begin by thinking of a name for their restaurant. Then, the students complete the rest of the menu with dishes they like to eat, including a description of the ingredients and the price. If they are an imaginative class, you could ask the students to create new dishes. When the students have finished, they display their menus on the classroom wall for the other students to see. As an extension, they can practice restaurant role-plays using the menus they have created.
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Restaurants and Cafes
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this writing and speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about their favourite restaurants and cafes. Each student is given a worksheet. Students use prompts on their worksheet to answer questions about their favourite restaurant and cafe. When they have completed their answers, the students split into pairs and interview each other, noting down their partner's answers on the worksheet. After the students have completed the interview with their partner, they change partners once more and do the interview again. At the end of the activity, the students report back to the class on their results.
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Talking about food
ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour
This vibrant lesson teaches students food and drink vocabulary and expressions used to talk about food. First, students answer a set of food and drink questions. The students then use the food and drink vocabulary, questions and answers to make a conversation in pairs. Finally, the students present their conversations to the class.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this pairwork speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about food and cooking. The questionnaire covers detailed questions and vocabulary about diet, meals and tastes. The students are divided into pairs. They take it in turns to ask and answer the questions on their worksheet, noting down their partner's answers next to each question. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out the most interesting findings, e.g. who has the healthiest diet, etc.
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Food and Cooking Survey
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this class speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about food and cooking habits. Each student is given a different question card. The students have to find out the information stated on their card by asking each student in the class a question, e.g. Can you crack an egg without breaking the yolk? When the students have created the question they need to ask, they go round the class asking and answering their questions. Students also make a note of the number of people who answer yes and no to their question. When everyone has finished, each student tells the class about their findings.
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Food and Drink Collocations
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this engaging group activity, students play a game of dominoes to practice collocations with food and drink. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the cards and deal out six dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile, face down. They then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the two dominoes form a food or drink collocation, e.g. stir-fried noodles. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Fruit and Veg
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
Here is a fun describing game that helps review fruit and vegetable vocabulary. In the activity, students describe fruit and vegetable words for other students to guess. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of fruit and vegetable cards, which they place face down in a pile on the table. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the word to the other members of the group. To help them describe the word, they can say whether it’s a fruit or vegetable, what it looks and tastes like, what it’s used for or in, e.g. It’s a fruit. It’s small, green and round. It tastes bitter. It is used in cooking and drinks to add flavour, etc. The group members wait until the person has finished his/her description before trying to guess the word. The first student to correctly guess the fruit or vegetable keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. This activity can also be played as a class with two teams. There is also a different version for lower-level classes included.
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Gone in 60 Seconds
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an excellent revision activity for pre-intermediate students. In the activity, students play a game where they talk about food-related words for one minute. The activity covers food adjectives, cooking verbs and other food vocabulary. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is then split into two teams (A and B) and handed a corresponding worksheet. The teams begin by adding five more food-related words to a grid on their worksheet. Team A then goes first and gives a grid reference to Team B, e.g. C 2. Team B reads out the corresponding food-related word in their grid and starts timing. Team A then tries to talk about the given word for one minute. If Team A can successfully talk about the word for one minute, they write the word in a blank grid at the bottom of their worksheet, and Team B crosses the word off their grid. The teams then swap roles and Team B chooses a grid reference and so on. The first team to get five words in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally wins the game.
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The Dinner Party
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this activity, students imagine that they went to a dinner party. The students practice using adjectives to describe the food at the party. They also say whether it was a good or bad party and give reasons why, using so and because. Students begin by brainstorming and then writing what food they would like to have at a dinner party. They then look at pairs of adjectives that can be used to describe food on their worksheet. The students put each adjective under its correct heading. After that, they practice completing sentences with so and because. The students then imagine that they went to a dinner party. They write an email to a friend describing the party they went to. They say whether it was good or bad, and give reasons why, using so and because. When they have finished, the students swap their email with a partner for checking. Students then read their emails to the class.
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Food for Thought
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this supplementary worksheet, students talk about and describe different foods. Students begin by reading through the categories on their worksheet and writing an example of a food or dish for each one. When the students have finished, they work together in groups of three or four. They discuss each topic in turn and explain their answers to the group. Students are encouraged to ask follow-up questions and develop a conversation each time.
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