Food glorious food, our topic of conversation for this week! This theme brought many things to the table: cooking, eating healthily, organic and local food, growing food, recipes, cultural eating habits and obesity. There are many ways to extend it to your homework.
First, try reading. If you're interested in Michael Pollan's advice "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants," read his complete essay. Or you could try reading the article "12 Things you Should Definitely Buy Organic". For an easier reading exercise, there are some good articles at Breaking News English (1, 2, 3 -- you can listen, read and play games with all articles).
As for you listening, you can hear about the problem of obesity (mp3 with activity and transcript) or Jamie Oliver's TED talk about his dream to teach every child about food and nutrition (available with subtitles and transcript).
When it comes to writing, one option is to check out these photographs about how families eat and shop in different countries and then write a description or reaction. Another would be to write your favorite recipe, remembering to use imperative forms. And finally, if you prefer creative writing, describe the most memorable meal you've ever eaten in great detail!
Now that you're all hungry, you could try reading a following a recipe online. Personally, I like epicurious.
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good. -- Alice May Brock