This task takes about an hour. It asks students to rank and draft food items to create the best possible 3-course meals.
- Use food and cooking vocabulary in context
- Communicate in speaking
- Negotiate and choose
- 1 hour
- Write food categories on the board (Meat, Dairy, Fruit, Vegetables).
- Brainstorm with whole class foods for each category.
- Write around 10 foods in each category.
- Split students into 2-4 groups.
- Teams must create the best 3-course meal with the food they choose from a common list.
1. Each team ranks foods in order of importance for creating a meal.
2. Teams draft foods from the list.
3. After the foods are all chosen, teams create a 3-course meal, including an appetizer, main dish, and desert.
4. Teams present their meal plans to the group.
5. Other teams are allowed to ask questions.
- Teams are only allowed to use what they have chosen, except for basic kitchen items (salt, sugar, oil, spices, etc.)
- Teams are allowed to use one food item more than once (e.g. strawberries in the desert and the appetizer)
- Groups must use all food items they chose.
- Teacher chooses the best appetizer, main, desert, and overall meal.
Feedback and Reflection
- What criteria did you use to rank the foods?
- What food items would you add to the list?
- What item would you remove from the list?
- What challenges did your group face trying to agree on a meal plan?
- How could you have presented your plan better?
- What did the other groups shows that your group had not considered?
- The list of food can be prepared before by the teacher.
- Each team could have a pre-determined focus (e.g. vegetarian, Italian, etc.)
- When students rank the foods, they will use comparatives and superlatives.
- When students discuss the plan with the group, they will use opinion language (e.g. I think we should, What about if we, etc.)
- The teacher can control the language for the presentation. It can be hypothetical ("If we were stuck, we would..."), real ("We will..."), or in the past ("We created a camp...")