Teacher Tuesday: Food in Britain video lesson

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!

This is part of a new weekly feature – Teacher Tuesday – make sure you come back next week for another lesson idea.  If you have an idea to share as part of Teacher Tuesday feel free to get in touch 


Teacher Tuesday: Mr Bean writing exercise

Thai students LOVE Mr. Bean.  With little to no language in it is easily adaptable for a range of uses in the classroom.  (Interestingly, the Thai dubbed version features loads of speech which kind of takes away from the old school slapstick/silent comedy feel of the programme.  As usual, I digress…)

One way that you can use Mr. Bean in the classroom is to play a video to the students (there are plenty on YouTube) and then ask them to recall what they had watched and write a piece of narrative writing.

Some variations could be…

  • pause the video at various intervals and ask what is happening?
  • cue discussion of what might happen next?
  • stop it before the end and ask for alternative endings
  • discuss key vocabulary, adjectives and verbs
  • write a timeline or storyboard

Here is one piece of writing created by a student in one of my writing classes using the video above:

creative writing

Of course, you could do this lesson with any short video – if you have a go feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

This is part of a new weekly feature – Teacher Tuesday – make sure you come back next week for another lesson idea.  If you have an idea to share as part of Teacher Tuesday feel free to get in touch 



In my classroom: a video favourite

It’s high time I started sharing some of the things I use in my classroom again. This video has been a firm favourite of mine when teaching within the topic of countries – I especially like playing it to the students and then tricking them into thinking we have a pop quiz on how many country names they can remember!

Some of the countries are out of date but it’s just a bit of fun and it’s handy to highlight just how many countries there are – many of my students are unaware of the countries outside of S E Asia and it’s always a beneficial lesson to help them to realise how big the world really is.

The students really enjoyed looking out for when Yakko sings the name of their country and all gave a big whoop when he did.

Just something fun to introduce a bit of a dry topic.

EDIT:  I’ve just been informed that the video missed out South Africa!  Are there any more glaring omissions?