Food and Drink - ESL Worksheets, Activities and Games

Containers and Amounts

ESL Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary - 15 minutes

This useful worksheet activity helps you to teach your students about containers and amounts that go with food and drink items. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing food and drink items with container and amount words from a box on the worksheet. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. After that, students complete container and amount phrases with food and drink vocabulary and their answers are reviewed.
 

Cooking Verbs

ESL Brainstorming, Writing and Spelling Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

This handy worksheet activity is ideal for practicing food vocabulary and cooking verbs. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together, the students brainstorm and write down all the food words they can think of that go with the cooking verbs on the worksheet, e.g. 'fry an egg'. After a ten-minute time limit has been reached, the pairs swap worksheets for marking. Each pair scores one point for each appropriate food word that has the correct form and spelling. The pair with the most points wins.
 

Food and Drink Habits

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this 'Find someone who' activity, students ask and answer present simple 'Wh' questions about eating and drinking habits. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by reviewing prompts on the worksheet and forming the present simple 'Wh' questions they need to ask in order to do the activity, e.g. 'What do you (normally/usually) eat for breakfast?' The students then answer the questions and write their answers in the column marked 'You' on the worksheet. After that, students go around the class asking and answering the questions to find people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same answer, the two students write each other's name in the last column. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
 

Food Question Time

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about food. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students read the questions about food on the worksheet and complete the answers by writing in the spaces provided. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. Afterwards, the students report back to the class on their partner's answers.
 

Fruit and Vegetables

ESL Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

This rewarding teaching activity is made up of several vocabulary games that help students learn the names of fruit and vegetables. Each pair of students is given a set of fruit and vegetable vocabulary cards and a set of fruit and vegetable picture cards. The students shuffle the vocabulary cards and picture cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Students then play a pelmanism game where they take it in turns to turn over a vocabulary card and a picture card. If the word matches with the picture of the fruit or vegetable, the student scores a point. The student then writes the name of the fruit or vegetable on the back of the picture card, keeps it and has another turn. The vocabulary card is removed from the game. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched correctly. Afterwards, the students put all the picture cards face up on the table and divide them into two sets: fruit and vegetables. When the students have finished, they see if they can remember the names of the fruit and vegetables by choosing a picture card and then saying the word. The student then turns over the card to see if the word on the back of the card matches with their answer. If it does, the student keeps the card and scores a point. If not, the picture card is placed face up and play passes to the next student. When all the cards have been used, the students add up their points to see who the winner is.
 

Make a Menu

ESL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this worksheet activity, students create a restaurant menu, showing dishes they like to eat along with each dishes ingredients and price. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by thinking of a name for their restaurant and writing it at the top of the menu. Students then complete the rest of the menu with dishes they like to eat. The students write the name of each dish as well as a description of the ingredients and price. When the students have finished, they talk about their menus in front of the class. As an extension, students role-play a restaurant dialogue using the menus.
 

Restaurants and Cafes

ESL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this compelling worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about their favourite restaurants and cafes. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by going through the prompts on the worksheet and forming the questions they need for the activity. The students then use the prompts to answer questions about their favourite restaurant and cafe in the column marked 'You'. When the students have finished, they interview two classmates and complete the other columns on the worksheet with their answers. Afterwards, students report back to the class on what they found out.
 

Eating Habits

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about eating habits. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer questions about eating habits and write their partner's answers on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on their partner's eating habits.
 

Food and Cooking Survey

ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable class activity, students conduct a survey where they ask and answer yes/no questions about eating and cooking habits. Each student is given a card. The students' task is to find out the information on the card by asking each student in the class a yes/no question, e.g. 'Do you like to eat raw vegetables?' The students make a note of the number of people who answer yes or no to their question on the card. When everyone has finished, each student reports back to the class on their findings. This can then lead on to a further discussion about the eating and cooking habits of the class.
 

Food and Drink Collocation Dominoes

ESL Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this engaging activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match adjectives and nouns together to make food and drink collocations. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out six each, leaving the rest in a pile face down on the table. The students turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up. 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. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain 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.
 

Fruit and Veg

ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a game where they describe fruit and vegetables for other students to guess. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of fruit and vegetable cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the fruit or vegetable on the card to the other students in the group. The student describing begins by saying whether the item on the card is a fruit or vegetable. The student then goes on to describe what it looks like, tastes like, what it's used for or in, etc. For example, 'It's a fruit. It's small, green and round. It tastes bitter. It is used in cooking and drinks to add flavour. You can also make a shake with it'. The other students listen and try to guess the fruit or vegetable. The first student to guess correctly wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. This game can also be played as a class with two teams. There is also a different version included for lower-level classes.
 

Gone in 60 Seconds

ESL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this challenging worksheet 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 students are divided into teams of two. Each team plays against another team (Team A and B) and is given a corresponding worksheet. The two teams then play a battleships style game where they talk about food-related words for one minute. The teams begin by adding five food-related words to their grid on the worksheet. Teams then take it in turns to call out coordinates for the second grid on the worksheet, e.g. C 2. The opposing team tells them the corresponding food-related word for that square and starts timing one minute. If the team successfully talks about the word for one minute, they write the word in the second grid on the worksheet, and the other team crosses the word off their grid. If the team is unsuccessful, they can choose the same word again or choose another grid reference on their next turn. The teams then swap roles and continue the game. The first team to get five words in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game.
 

The Dinner Party

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students learn about food adjectives and write an email, describing food at a party. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students look at pairs of food adjectives on the worksheet and categorize them, according to the nouns they can be used with. Afterwards, students complete sentences using the food adjectives along with the conjunctions 'so' and 'because'. Students then write an email to a friend, describing a dinner party they went to. The students write about whether the party and food were good or bad, giving reasons why with 'so' and 'because'. When the students have finished, they swap worksheets with a partner. Students then read their partner's email and give feedback. Finally, students read their emails to the class and the language is reviewed.
 

Food for Thought

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 minutes

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students write about and discuss types of food and dishes. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read through the categories on the worksheet and write an example of a food or dish for each one. When the students have finished, they are divided into groups of three or four. The students then discuss each category in turn and explain their answers to each other. Students ask follow-up questions and develop a short discussion about each topic. When the groups have finished, there is a class feedback session to discuss the students' answers together as a class.
 
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