Excuse me, do you have any oranges?
To identify common food.
- To learn the names of common food.
- To express likes and dislikes with food.
- To inquire about food in a grocery store.
- Focus on food learners are familiar with.
- Don't teach all the words at the same time.
- Teach words in groupings (e.g. fruit, vegetables, etc.)
- The activities in this chapter refer to kilograms and
not pounds. If your learners are more familiar with
pounds convert the prices to pounds. Learners will
come in contact with pounds as some prices are
listed only in pounds (e.g. 5 lb. bag of onions,
carrots or potatoes).
- Teach abbreviations for 'kilogram', 'pound' (if you
introduce it), and 'each'. Show examples of these
from flyers or point them out during your trip to
the grocery store.
- Collect the grocery store flyers every week. Review
language that learners are familiar with. Look at the
flyers weekly to reinforce learned vocabulary.
- Collect pictures of fruit and vegetables from seed
catalogues, flyers and magazines.
- There are cultural differences surrounding food and
offering food. It is good to explore these differences.
- Visit a grocery store. Give learners a copy of a page
in this chapter with illustrations on it. Ask learners
to write the price beside the picture or write the
name of the item beside the picture. During your
visit to the grocery store learners can also write
names of other food items that are not included in
- Make customized information gap activities by
using the current local grocery store flyers and
prices. See page 13.18 for an example of an
- Food Cards Have two sets of food cards. You can
make these cards using recipe cards and the illustrations
in this chapter. Pre-teach the question, "Do
you have any bananas?" and "Yes, here you are" or
"No, sorry I don't." Deal a few cards to each player.
Put the remaining cards upside down in the middle
of the table. One person starts by choosing a
card in her hand and asking if another person has
that card. She asks, "Do you have a ?" If the
answer is "yes", the person gives the asker the card
and she puts it together with her card on the table.
If the answer is "no", the asker picks up a card from
the pile of cards in the middle of the table. The
idea is to get pairs of food cards. This reinforces the
common question, "Do you have a ?"
and reinforces common food names.