Leila Leila

Intermediate level


In this lesson Ss will practise their listening in the context of unusual dishes.


Main Aims

  • To provide specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about an interview with somebody in the context of unusual dishes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide the opportunity to learn new vobcabulary about food description and practise them in the context of unusual dishes
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of unusual dishes


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context of unusual dishes and engage students to the lesson

Tell Ss that they are going to watch a video. It's about a known dish of sea urchin especially in Asia. Ask them what they think about it. Play the video. Elicit some adjectives like "disgusting, tasty, sweet... etc." Show Ss the pictures of different insects or animals(HO Photos 2) or use plastic toys as realia that are eaten in different countries, which we think they are unusual. Elicit the animals' names and the meaning of "deep-fried Mars Bar" [Mars Bar is a very popular chocolate in the UK. In some places particularly in fish and chip restaurant in Scotland, it is possible to find them deep fried, that is dipped in batter( a mixture of milk, flour and eggs) and fried in a pan of oil.] Put them in pairs and ask them to discuss the questions; and ask them if they have ever tried any of them. How do they think they taste like? In which countries are they mostly eaten? .

Pre-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening about an interview with someone who has eaten unusual things and make this interview accessible

-Pre-teach the new vocabularies by giving the new words and a chart to put them in the correct category.Monitor to see how much they know about them. -In the feedback part, teach/revise the vocabularies which you think they have problem with by showing them the pictures about different ways of cooking. For the second column, ask questions like;tell me the name of a disgusting food, to check the meaning of the words relevant to the ways of describing tastes and for the third column, use realia like chips to teach the meaning of crunchy as a way of describing texture. Give them the answerkey.

While- Listening #1 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging specific information listening tasks

Show Ss the HO "photos 2" and tell Ss that they are different kinds of things eaten in different countries. they are going to listen to an interview with someone who has eaten some different things all over the world. Ask them to tick the ones he says he has eaten. Ask Ss to peer-check their answers. write the answers on the board

While-Listening #2 (6-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging specific information and detailed listening tasks

Show them the pictures of some foods.Give them the HO and ask Ss to listen again and match each dish with the adjectives he uses to describe them. If necessary play it again and stop where Ss have problem understanding. Ask them to peer-check their answers. Stick the answer key on the wall and ask Ss to check it.

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To give Ss freer speaking practice and to give the opportunity to personalise the vocabulary

Put Ss in pairs or groups of three. -Demonstrate the activity with a group. Write the name of a known dish on a small paper/card. Ask Ss to ask you some yes/no questions and guess what it is. -Tell them that every body in their groups has to choose a known dish in their mind( They can write it somewhere and put it face down) other Ss/S has to ask yes/no questions like "Is it sweet? Is it crunchy? Is it roasted?" and guess what this dish is. They can ask maximum ten questions to guess what the food is. If they succeed , they get a point if they can't guess it, the person who chose the food gets a point.

Follow-up activity(OPTIONAL) (5-6 minutes) • to provide even further speaking practice about the food adjectives

Ask Ss to create their own disgusting food such as roasted cockroach in milk then fried with chocolate and served with boiled catterpillars. Do this as a whole class activity and choose the most disgusting food in the classroom by asking the students to tell the class about their dishes.

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