A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack?

Introduction: 

This is a categorising activity and a Find Someone Who speaking exercise to practise 12 phrasal verbs related to eating. Yum yum!

Level: B1

Time: 45 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To present students with 12 phrasal verbs related to eating.
  2. To categorise the phrasal verbs according to students’ own preferences.
  3. To interview other classmates and find those who have a certain characteristic.

Materials:

  1. Phrasal verbs_ A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack? Worksheet, one per student.
  2. Find Someone Who… A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack? Worksheet, one per student.

Procedure:

  1. In groups, ask the students to talk about the meal they had last night; monitor and elicit phrasal verbs related to eating and food, e.g. to eat out, to heat up, etc. and write them on the board. Clarify meaning.
  2. Hand out a copy of Phrasal verbs_ A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack? Worksheet to each student.
  3. Individually, students must divide the expressions into the three separate categories.
  4. When the students have finished, they compare their lists and explain their choices to their partners.
  5. Hand out a copy of Find Someone Who… A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack? Worksheet to each student.
  6. Students must mingle, asking each other about the statements on the worksheet. When they find someone who does the action explained by the phrasal verb, they write their name in the box, e.g.: Student A (Clara): Did you ever pick at your food when you were a child? Student B (Sergio): Well, to be honest, I only ever picked at the overcooked cabbage my grandmother used to prepare. Clara then writes Sergio’s name in that box.
  7. Students are not to discuss more than two statements with each classmate; monitor to make sure all the students speak with each other.
  8. When the students have spoken with everyone in their class and their worksheets are completed, ask them to share the most interesting views, either in groups of three or with the rest of the class.

Fast finishers:

Students attribute a specific food to each phrasal verb that is true for them in order to personalise the activity, e.g. I only have lobster when I eat out, I wolf down cornflakes, etc. The meaning can be further cemented by asking students to write a synonym for each new phrasal verb they have learnt during the activity.

Phrasal verbs. A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack

Find Someone Who… A piece of cake or a hard nut to crack

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