Cooking in Britain
Lower advanced (c1) level
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.
To expand the student's vocabulary with some content-specific terms, phrases and expressions, and encourage their use in speaking and writing tasks.
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
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).
The 'gist task' questions are printed above the fold of the first handout - provide the student with this first, then the text itself.
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).
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.)
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.