Vocabulary related to cooking, receiving people for dinner

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to prepare the project which is going to be about food, and since they are really interested in French food, and that they are going to spend time on recipes for the project, I thought it would be good to improve their cooking vocabulary.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion
Group discussion

How did students react?

They reacted well, they were interested in learning new vocabulary.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes they did, the first activity was good to make them speak to each other since they had to guess what the name of the food on the pictures was. The closed-task discussion was not very successful because they did not really “argue” and agreed with each other very quickly. I think this is due to their level of French and lack of vocabulary related to this topic. Making long sentences to defend their ideas was maybe too hard for them. But the last game was real fun, because they had to work in pairs and since they did not know the words, they came up with funny ideas for dishes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Pictures of food from the last lesson
slips of paper

Please attach a copy.
Below is the lesson plan

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes. Food is always a good topic.


Vocabulary related to cooking

1. Warm-Up

2. Check that they remember the vocabulary of food – taboo type of game

– provide them with the pictures saved from last lesson, work in pairs, each one has pictures and they need to make the other guess the name of the food
– see if they remember the pictures of the French dishes
– use the PowerPoint presentation from the previous class

4. Closed-task discussion

– they must discuss in groups of 3 what the top three important things are when someone invites someone else over for dinner

– a nice table set-up
– a nice atmosphere
– original dishes
– copious dishes
– varied dishes (for vegetarian for example)
– classic dishes that everyone usually likes
– to be well dressed
– to have the right drink to serve with the dishes

5. cooking vocabulary game

– in pairs

I say a word related to cooking (it can be the name of a special ingredient, or a verb used in cookbooks, etc…) and each pair of students has to try to guess the definition and then write it down on a piece of paper. I also do it but I write the right definition, then we mix up the papers and someone reads them all aloud. Then they have to decide which one is the most probable.