27th September 2020
A lesson to suit all palates (to suit all tastes). Let’s kick off with a brief overview of some UK food.
Young learners can look at the pictures and see food from the UK, and adults can talk about which food they would like to try.
IELTS students require something more challenging, so this can be utilised as an exercise in building complex sentences.
And now, without further ado …
Toad in the hole
Full English breakfast
Fish and chips
These are cooked by different methods:
which is which ?
Toad in the hole is sausage in batter, baked in the oven.
Traditional Sunday roast lunch is, of course, roasted in the oven.
Full English breakfast in mainly fried.
Fish and chips is deep fried … and delicious.
Part 1: Have you ever tried British food ?
Try to speak for at least 30 seconds
Part 2: What problems would you have with the food if you lived in the UK ?
You should say what UK food you know, if you have ever tried it, if you have ever seen it and if you think you would enjoy it … and why (or why not). Try to speak for the full 2 minutes.
Part 3: Do you think that western people eat very unhealthy food ?
Use your language skills to tackle this question. Give a great introduction, then explain how it is a very general question, so you will only answer based on YOUR experiences or opinions.
(if you need to review Part 3 skills, I have some blogs: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/09/15/ielts-speaking-test-part-3-how-to-nail-it/)
Try to speak for a minute, focusing on intonation and stress, as well as fluency. Check that you are not repeating yourself, or leaving too many pauses.
What L-FWs or idioms could you use ?
Food can be:
mouth-watering / nutritious / filling / spicy / bland
Spice up your answer with adverbs.
Idioms – think about the cost of food in the UK, especially in a big cities such as London, Edinburgh or Manchester:
prices can be sky-high / cost an arm and a leg / astronomical
I’ll give sample answers in the next blog – stay tuned !
A longer blog, with various activities, dialogues and new vocabulary can be accessed here: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/01/22/adult-speaking-class-level-3-theme-food/