Use this lesson in online or face-to-face teaching to focus on a variety of food-related issues. 


The face-to-face lesson plan looks at two food-related topics: School dinners and Britain's snack culture. The online lesson looks exclusively at Britain's snack culture.

In the face-to-face lesson, students do a jigsaw reading activity where they read and then compare two different texts about food issues. They do a fast and furious speaking activity to practise fluency. There are optional comprehension tasks based on the two texts to do in class or for homework. 

In the online lesson, students read a single text and make notes about key facts to help them summarise the main ideas and answer a series of true or false questions. All the other activities are the same as in the face-to-face lesson plan.


Food, school dinners, snacks, healthy eating


  • To develop students’ reading skills
  • To develop students’ fluency skills
  • To raise students’ awareness of food issues


CEFR level B1-B2


60-90 minutes 


All the materials for this lesson plan can be downloaded below in PDF format

Important: Please read

To support teachers having to work online during the COVID-19 pandemic, this lesson has been adapted for teachers providing online classes. The lesson notes are specifically for online lessons and the class materials have been made available as a PowerPoint.

Included in the teachers' notes, there is 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.

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