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Ideas for English Lessons



Subject: Food + Listening


Skills: Listening, Writing, Speaking.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 6-12 players, preferably even.

Time: 15-25 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: Not required.

Preliminary Preparation (5-10 minutes). First write out 10 fruit and 10 vegetables, known all the students in the class. Next make the overall list of these words in alphabetical order. It may look like this:

apple, banana, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, garlic, lemon, melon, onion, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, potato, pumpkin, tomato, watermelon

Immediate Preparation (2-3 minutes). Divide the class into two groups as the following: 

Group 'Fruit': Players A, C, E, etc.

Group 'Vegetables': Players B, D, F, etc.

How to Play. Dictate your list twice at normal speaking speed. In their notebooks, the 'Fruit' group write down only fruit, the 'Vegetables' group do only vegetables. After fininshing the dictation, Player A reads out the first word from his/her list. You and other players of the 'Fruit' group cross this word out from your lists. Then Player C reads out his/her word and so on. The player to name the last fruit, becomes the first finalist of the game. If there are more fruit on your list, you read them out for self-control of the players. Next you follow the same procedure for the 'Vegetables' group and determine the second finalist. To become the 'greengrocer', the finalists exchange the vocabulary categories and take it in turns to say corresponding words. If the last word is said by the first finalist, he/she wins the game. If it is said by the second finalist, he/she should say one more word to become the 'greengrocer'.