To Eat or Not to Eat?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I June 06, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Adverbs of Frequency
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults about food and eating habits, emphasizing adverbs of frequency and related

Lesson Overview

Do you eat like a horse or like a bird? In this lesson, students will learn about food and eating habits. This lesson features audio that discusses an Italian woman’s food traditions and eating habits. Students will also learn and practice adverbs of frequency and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will focus on learning and practicing adverbs of frequency to talk about their eating habits and preferences. They will use adverbs like "always," "usually," "often," "sometimes," and "never" to describe how frequently they engage in various food-related activities.

  • Listening: They will listen to audio discussing an individual's food traditions and eating habits, aiming to improve their ability to comprehend spoken information about dietary preferences and the frequency of different eating activities.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in conversations about their own eating habits, utilizing adverbs of frequency to express how often they cook, eat out, have coffee, and indulge in fast food. They will discuss their preferences for cooking at home versus ordering food, their dietary restrictions, and their favorite meals.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to food, meals, and eating habits, including terms like "diet," "breakfast," "takeout," "healthy food," "fast food," "coffee break," and "eat out." It also covers food-related verbs such as "cook," "order," "drink," "eat," and phrases related to meal times and food preferences.

  • Homework: Homework tasks are designed to reinforce the lesson's focus on adverbs of frequency and vocabulary related to food and eating habits. Students will complete sentences based on given prompts, choose correct answers to questions about their eating habits, arrange words to form sentences with adverbs of frequency and answer multiple-choice questions related to their personal preferences and habits.


Listen to the audio to learn about an Italian woman’s food habits. There are a lot of food traditions in a traditional Italian family. From having a big family dinner on Christmas night to preparing home-cooked meals for friends, Italians sure know how to make your mouth water.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

prepare [verb]: to make food ready to be eaten
order [verb]: to ask for food or other goods, usually on the phone or on the Internet
colleague [noun]: someone you work with; a coworker
takeout [noun]: food that you buy from a restaurant but eat at home
eat out [phrasal verb]: to eat in a restaurant instead of at home
snack [noun]: a small amount of food that you eat between meals
vegetarian [noun]: a person who doesn’t eat meat or fish
vegan [noun]: a person who doesn’t eat anything that comes from an animal (e.g., meat, eggs, or dairy products)
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