~ Dialogue ~ Topic 4 ~ Cooking and Eating ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1) How often do you cook? Do you enjoy it? What’s your best dish?
I cook almost every day and I usually enjoy it. Cooking can be a creative activity. You can vary the ingredients and methods in recipes. My best dish is American chili: beans, beef, and hot peppers.
2) What is one of your favorite restaurants? What’s on the menu?
I like a Thai restaurant near the beach. They have spicy green mango salad, Northern Thai
Sausage, green and red curry. Also, there is no corkage fee. You can bring your own wine.
3) Are you concerned about calories/nutrition when you choose something to cook or eat?
Yes. When I prepare a dish, I try to include as many vegetables as possible. Also, when I cook
I try to use olive oil versus butter or lard. The more food you eat, the more calories you consume.
4) How often do you drink coffee or tea? Where? When? What kind?
I always drink coffee in the morning. I prefer Central American varieties such as Costa Rican.
In the afternoon, I prefer jasmine tea and later in the evening, I have a cup of chamomile.
5) Do you eat fruits and vegetables every day? Is it difficult to eat healthy food daily?
Yes. It can be difficult. There are too many opportunities to eat unhealthy food. I use lots
of onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers in my cooking. Seafood is a good source of protein.
6) What kind of foreign food do you like? Where do you eat it? Can you cook it?
I like Korean BBQ. You can cook similar cuts of meat at home, but it’s not the same. Most Korean
restaurants serve unique side dishes. Also, perhaps only Korean people can make proper kimchi.
7) Do you ever eat at a buffet restaurant? What are some pros and cons of buffets?
These days I rarely go to buffet restaurants. I have some concern about the quality and
cleanliness of the dishes. On the other hand, there’s lots of variety and a festive-type atmosphere.
8) Do you ever eat at fast food restaurants? If so, Which ones? How often?
I go to a burger joint now and then. It doesn’t matter which. Location is important. Some places
9) What are the influences of a child’s diet on the food they eat as adults (if any)? Give an example.
Probably more than we think. I suppose that what we eat when we are young will either make us
crave it or disgust us by varying degrees. If you loved it, you’ll crave it. If not, you may despise it.
10) Have you ever been on a diet? What did/didn’t you eat? Was it successful?
I’ve never been on a diet, but I have passed up on food choices from time to time. For example,
If I see a menu item that is over-sized, I’ll pass. Also, after holidays I often reduce my calories.
~ Original Questions ~ Cooking and Eating ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) How often do you cook? What’s your best or worst dish?
2) Do you prefer home cooking or eating out?
3) What is one of your favorite home-cooked meals?
4) What is one of your favorite restaurants? What’s on the menu?
5) Are you concerned about calories when you choose something to eat?
1) What do you think of vegetarianism/veganism? Do you know any vegetarians/vegans?
2) At what times do you usually eat your meals? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
3) What are some common foods people in your country eat? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
4) What do you like to have? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks?
5) How often do you drink coffee or tea? Where? When? What kind?
1) How often do you eat meals with all members of your family?
2) Which foods do you refuse to eat? Are there any reasons?
3) Do you eat breakfast every day? If not, what is the reason? Is breakfast important?
4) Do you eat fruits and vegetables every day? Is it difficult to eat healthy food daily?
5) What kind of foreign food (other than your own country) do you like?
1) Do you ever eat at a buffet restaurant? What are some pros and cons of buffets?
2) Do you ever eat at fast food restaurants? If so, Which ones? How often?
3) Is it possible to become addicted to fast food? Is this a problem in your country?
4) What are the influences of a child’s diet on the food they eat as adults (if any)?
5) What are eating disorders? How do people develop these disorders?
1) Do you think there should be education in regarding nutrition/eating disorders?
2) Do you read the nutritional information on the foods you buy?
3) Do you take vitamins or any kind of nutritional supplements?
4) Have you ever been on a diet? What did/didn’t you eat? Was it successful?
5) What foods are served in school cafeterias in your country? What should be allowed?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 4 ~ Cooking and Eating ~ Explore the Topic ~
List of Cooking Utensils
Top 10 Cooking Techniques
9 Popular Weight Loss Diets
7 Types of Vegetarianism
The World’s Most Popular Cuisines
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and deliberation.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 4 ~ Cooking and Eating ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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