This week we extended our topic of food to restaurants and bars, covering how to order, how to pay, how to tip, and of course, how to have perfect etiquette!
Learners can start with an easy exercise called Restaurants, or Pizza Delivery. Or try the 6 Minute English exercise Prison Restaurants.
For original version listening, listen to the Sporkful podcast or watch one of Anthony Bourdain's episodes from his show No Reservations.
Learners can try some of the many texts about the different parts of restaurant dining: from ordering to paying or Eating Out Reading Comprehension activity.
For original version, check out some longform essays about the restaurant industry: Pocketful of Dough,
This week for writing, please write a review of a restaurant (it could be favorable or scathing). Please include a description of the decor, fare, and service along with your personal opinion.
November Week Four:
In honor of this week's American holiday, Thanksgiving, we talked about food, meals, menus and dietary restrictions. You may want to check out some of these vocabulary lists:
Learners can try any of the many listening exercises out there: Choosing and Buying Wine, The History of Pumpkin Pie, How Chocolate is Made, The Great British Menu, How to Cook a Thanksgiving Meal.
For original version listening, why not watch some youtube food channels: 10 videos that will make your cooking more fun, Foodwishes, or Foodtube.
Learners can read about eating out, read about some food vocabulary, about organic food or how often people go to restaurants.
For original version, check out any of the wonderful food blogs and websites out there: The Kitchn, Smitten Kitchen, Epicurious.
For writing this week, please plan a menu. First, write up the menu using descriptive adjectives for the dishes. Then write the recipes for the dishes included, being careful with cooking verbs.
This week we tried to lighten the mood and talked about what makes us happy. We made a list of some of the things that bring joy to our life and played a game about the things that really matter to us.
Learners can try BBC 6 Minute English episode about Happiness or check out some of these idioms to describe happiness such as to be on cloud nine, or to be over the moon.
For original version listening, try the TED talk, the Surprising Science of Happiness or the video Measuring Happiness.
Learners can read about whether or not Happiness... is family?! or about the correlation between Money and Happiness.
For original version, read about the latest Happiness indicator (spoiler: Spain is not the happiest country in the world, and the US isn't either!). Or read about the secret to Vanuatu's happiness.
For writing this week choose one of the following write about one of the following quotes