Latasha Wilson Latasha Wilson

Writing Recipes
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will develop and practice their writing skills by giving directions in the form of recipes.


Main Aims

  • To provide process and product writing practice of a recipe.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of imperative mood verbs.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Follow up to Merve's lesson ... Have them talk about recipes that are special to them. Maybe she had them talk about their favorite recipes, so I will have them speak about regional dishes and special family recipes. They can discuss with a partner. Does anyone have special foods in their family that others don't know? Discuss with partners.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Hand out a basic recipe students are familiar with. Have them analyze it. Discuss with a partner various aspects. What types of words are used? Are there words you don't understand? Discuss and try to find solutions. I will monitor and elicit feedback from students after a while.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

We will discuss imperative mood verbs. Hopefully they noticed a pattern and can discuss themselves. I will give CCQs to check their understanding and we will do some practicing. I will distribute a culinary word list for their reference, and though we will not spend time on it specifically in class, I will be available to answer questions about the list if they have any.

Productive Task(s) (15-17 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

I will give them another example recipe that is a bit more detailed. They should think of something special to them, and then write their own recipe. Spend some time on this, make myself available in case they need assistance. When they finish they will exchange recipes and offer each other feedback.

Feedback and Error Correction (6-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Students will share their feedback with each other and everyone will have a chance to make some corrections.

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