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Food I like/don't like

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Use this lesson in face-to-face or online teaching to focus on food vocabulary and speaking about likes and dislikes.

Angela Ferarre

Support for teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic

To support teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are two versions of this lesson plan – the original lesson plan for face-to-face teaching and an adapted lesson plan for teachers providing online classes.

Face-to-face classroom lesson

This lesson could be used either with beginners or as revision for learners in their second year of English. It starts with a review of food vocabulary, which can be adapted, and then learners will practise using the structure 'I like/don't like'. Learners then complete a simple survey by asking their classmates about their own food likes and dislikes. There are also several suggestions for follow-up or homework activities.


  • To develop learners' understanding of and ability to use food vocabulary
  • To enable the learners to talk and ask questions about likes and dislikes
  • To practise speaking skills

Online classroom lesson

In this lesson learners talk about and describe food. They initially meet vocabulary through a pre-lesson task, then they talk about what food they like and dislike. Next they think about how different food items can be categorised and how to describe them, and practise this language with a group speaking activity. Finally, they review language for face or body parts by dictating a monster and practise talking about likes and dislikes in the third person in a creative way.


  • To review and learn vocabulary for food, describing food and face/body parts
  • To practise using like and don't like in the first person, third person and question form
  • To think about how food can be categorised and to practise this skill
  • To provide personalised and creative contexts to discuss likes and dislikes
  • To lead into class work on menus and restaurants

Age group



CEFR level A1–A2


60 minutes


The lesson plans and materials can be downloaded below. In addition, for the face-to-face classroom lesson, you will need:

For the online classroom lesson, you will need two items of food (one you like and one you don't like) for stage 1 and paper or a mini whiteboard. The learners will also need two items of food (one they like and one they don't like).

Important: Please read

Included in the teachers' notes for the online classroom lesson, you will find guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.

A combination of the lesson plan for online teaching and the lesson plan for face-to-face teaching can be used in 'hybrid' situations, where some students in the class are studying from home and others are physically in the classroom. Classroom material for the online lesson is provided as a PDF.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 1