ESL Conversation Questions About Food

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Food is one of the topics that ESL (English as a Second Language) students love to talk about. In this lesson, teachers are provided with food-related conversation questions for ESL classroom use.

Let's Talk About Food

Being able to express personal opinions about food is a great way for ESL (English as a Second Language) students to practice many elements of spoken English. The vocabulary surrounding food is both a practical and essential part of any English learner's mental dictionary.

The food-related questions in set one and two below are ideal for student pairs to ask each other or can serve as a way for you to personally assess your students and help them practice using the English skills they are learning in class. Chances are your students will not know all of the words in these questions, so be sure to remind them to look up new vocabulary and to keep a list of words and phrases to study and review as part of their English training.

Questions About Cooking and Eating

  1. Do you know how to cook?
  2. Have you ever made a mess in the kitchen? If so, what happened?
  3. Who usually cooks in your house?
  4. What is your favorite food to cook?
  5. Do you think cooking should be taught in school?
  6. If you're friend cooked something for you and it tasted bad, what would you say?
  7. What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  8. Do you know how to use chopsticks?
  9. Would you like to be a professional chef?
  10. What's the most expensive meal you ever bought?
  11. Describe a bad restaurant experience.
  12. Are there any foods from your home country/culture that are difficult to find here?
  13. Are you allergic to any food?
  14. Do you prefer hot coffee or iced coffee?
  15. What is your favorite food to eat?
  16. What kind of food do you ask for on your birthday?
  17. Is food an important part of your culture?
  18. Describe any special meals in your culture.
  19. Describe the spiciest food you ever ate.

Food Sources

  1. Should people know where their food comes from?
  2. Do you grow your own vegetables at home?
  3. Do you ever buy food from a farmers market?
  4. Do you know what gluten is and why so many people try to avoid it?
  5. Have you ever had food poisoning?

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