There is a whole range of ‘… in Britain’ videos on YouTube that, although a little dated, are perfect for use in the ESL classroom. I found that the level of language was perfect for my students, and the options for what you can do with the videos is endless. Most of them are subtitled too which really helps the students to follow.
In this particular video, Food in Britain, we are taken on a culinary tour of traditional British food. The students found it really interesting and it generated a lot of questions.
-Food in Britain-
What I have done with this video in particular is play it to the students and follow it up with a video comprehension. This can be either written or oral. Below is a list of questions that I have used alongside this particular video:
1) What can be delivered to people’s houses in the morning?
2) What is the morning meal called?
3) What is in a traditional English breakfast?
4) What do people eat for lunch?
5) Where do most people buy their food from?
6) How do you cook convenience food?
7) What is the evening meal called?
8) What other types of food can be eaten in restaurants?
9) What don’t vegetarians eat?
10) What traditional food is eaten with chips?
Other extension activities that could be done include;
- looking at similarities and differences between British food and food from your students’ country
- discussing how the food looks and tastes
- creating a favourite foods survey
- creating a video, piece of writing or presentation on local food
- looking at recipes or even trying to cook!
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