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Healthy Eating Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

Your ESL class includes topics that educate students about good habits, and healthy eating is one of them. This lesson includes questions about this topic so your students can either discuss or write their answers.

Why Eat Healthy?

This lesson could begin with a strong statement about healthy eating. Examples include, but are not limited to, 'you are what you eat,' 'healthy eating is not about diet, it is about eating the food your body deserves,' 'healthy eating preserves the most valuable treasure we possess: our health.' You could also choose a question like: 'do you think it is smart to wait to get sick to start eating healthy?'

Whichever statement you choose, ask your students to tell you their opinion about healthy eating and why it is important.

Next, students could brainstorm about healthy eating habits. You could provide examples such as 'bake instead of fry,' 'eat fruits and vegetables every day,' 'avoid sugared drinks,' etc.

Finally, ask students to define and give examples of the following key words they may need to answer questions:

  • Processed food
  • Food high in sodium
  • Organic food
  • Genetically engineered
  • Pesticides
  • Canned food

Students are now ready to answer any of the following questions.

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