Adam Hamilton Adam Hamilton

Cooking in Britain
Lower advanced (c1) level


A reading lesson focused on the reputation of British cuisine abroad, and the influence of celebrity chefs and cooking shows on public culinary awareness.


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Main Aims

  • To develop the student's reading skills with a (possibly) unfamiliar topic (British cuisine), and provoke discussion on the differences between British and Hungarian food/culture.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To expand the student's vocabulary with some content-specific terms, phrases and expressions, and encourage their use in speaking and writing tasks.


Warmer/Lead-in (6-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Introduce myself to the student. Talk briefly about where I'm from (Canterbury), and how I like Budapest so far. Bring up the subject of Hungarian food, and how different it is to what I'm used to at home. Ask for recommendations of Hungarian foods, and ask what she knows about British 'cuisine' (trying to exploit its unfavourable reputation worldwide).

Pre-Reading/Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The 'gist task' questions are printed above the fold of the first handout - provide the student with this first, then the text itself.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Student skim-reads the text first, keeping in mind the two questions printed on the handout. After the first reading, discuss the answers and go through any difficult/unfamiliar vocab from the text (including form and pronunciation, if necessary).

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

The second task is below the fold of the same handout - a list of true or false questions that can be answered while reading for the second time. After the second reading, discuss the answers - asking her to explain 'false' answers. Discuss the text (any other reasons for Britain's reputation and changing habits; similar changes in Hungary; whether or not she'd like to work for Jamie Oliver etc.)

Post-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Following the previous discussion of Hungarian food, ask for a list of typical Hungarian dishes/ingredients, and write them down (clearly). Third handout is the 'production task' instructions - to write an advert for a new Hungarian restaurant opening in the UK, using as many of the dishes/ingredients as possible, and trying to promote them to the British market.

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