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What’s Cooking?

Posted on May 27, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around two short films, What’s Cookin’? by LRG and Happy Food by Yum Yum London, and the theme of food. Students practise food and restaurant vocabulary and speaking.

Language level: Elementary (A1) – Pre-intermediate (A2)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching two short films, speaking and vocabulary activities

Topic: Food and eating

Language: Food vocabulary and going to + infinitive

Materials: Two short films and discussion questions

Downloable materials: what’s cookin’ lesson instructions     food discussion questions


Step 1

Write Food Rap on the board. Ask your students what it means. Get them to come up with ideas.


Step 2

Tell your students they are going to watch a short video which is a food rap, they should identify what a food rap is.



Get feedback.


Step 3

Show the film a second time and ask students to identify the food shown and put it into the following categories:




Fish and seafood:



Get feedback.


Step 4

Ask your students what food in What’s Cookin’?

is normally served in a fast food restaurant.

They will probably mention burger and fries, and chicken burger.

Ask them what other food and drinks are normally served in a fast food restaurant.


Step 5

Show them Happy Food which is set in a fast food restaurant. Pause at 00:10 and ask students to identify the fast food served in the restaurant.



Answers: burgers, hotdogs, chicken salad, donuts and ice-cream.


Step 6

Ask your students to identify the adjectives used to describe the food.

Answers: big happy burger, jumbo hotdog, summer-time chicken salad, awesome donuts and super sweet ice-cream.


Step 7

Ask your students what they think is going to happen next. Play until 00:42 and pause. Ask them what they do when they can’t get ketchup to come out of the bottle.


Step 8

Ask your again students what they think is going to happen next. Show the rest of the film.


Step 9

Give your students the food discussion questions. Put them in pairs and ask them to choose 5 questions which they’re interested in discussing.


Food Discussion Questions


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24 thoughts on “What’s Cooking?

  1. What a fantastic lesson. I really loved the short films and the way the lesson is structured. Congratulations on a great site. Sally.

  2. I just love your website! So creative , so good ideas and on top of it you post lesson plans that are different from the ordinary. Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

  3. Hi Kieran,
    Firstly, congratulations on what looks like a really great and helpful website. Highly original yet hands-on. Great inspiration for possible lessons of the future with my students of different levels. Only drawback is apparent withdrawal of certain films, such as BOTH shorts in the “What’s Cooking” lesson I was looking forward to teaching my pre-intermediate students. Can anything be done?
    Good luck and bonne continuation as they say here!
    Kathy in Paris

    • Hi Kathy,
      Thanks for commenting. I’ve just checked using Chrome and both films are available and working perfectly. If you have problems try changing browswer.
      All the best,

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  5. Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful work!!! I am developing a workshop based on the use of films as a powerful tool to learn the language and the resources you provide us with are really great.
    Regards from Argentina!

    • Hi Maria,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words about the site. I’m really happy that the site has been useful for you.
      All the best,

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