These activities take little or no preparation. You can either cut pictures from magazines, or download and use the images we have supplied here.
© All images are copyright Chris Tribble, King's College, London University and used with his kind permission.
- Learners look at the pictures and try to name as many items as possible.
This could be limited to food or could include other items in the picture.
- If your learners are competitive you could put them in groups for this and set a time limit.
- You could even supply bilingual dictionaries to help them discover the new vocabulary for themselves.
- Get the learners to describe the setting for the meal.
- Is it formal / informal, in a house, restaurant, romantic etc?
- Which meal is it (breakfast, dinner, etc.)?
- There is a common saying "We are what we eat." Get the learners to try to describe the people who may be eating this meal.
- What can you guess about a person from the food they eat?
- Describe the person you think cooked the meal / will eat the meal?
- Where are the people now?
- You can get your learners' personal reactions to the pictures.
- Which meal would they most / least like to eat?
- What country does the food come from?
- How is the food like / different from the food from their own country?
- You can also use the pictures in a popular oral exam type of format. Ask the learners to choose two pictures and compare and contrast them.
- Ask them to try to discuss the pictures in pairs for two minutes.
- You could make this more fun, if you have confident students, by getting pairs to do this in front of the class.
- The rest of the class should listen and award marks out of ten for their performance.
- Extra marks for clear speaking, good interaction and vocabulary and minus points for mumbling and repetition.