These are activities for students to introduce and practise vegetable idioms. Students complete the sentences with the missing vegetables, match the idioms to their definitions and do a speed dating activity to practise the new expressions and find someone who makes their heart BEET 😉

Level: B2+

Time: 60 minutes


  1. To introduce vegetable (legume) idioms.
  2. To complete the questions with the missing vegetables.
  3. To match the idioms with their definitions.
  4. To practise the new expressions whilst doing a speed dating activity.

Materials (Click on the worksheet below to download the PDF file):

  1. You make my heart BEET 😉 Worksheet,one per student.


  1. Put the students in pairs and ask them to think of some questions they would ask someone on the first date to get to know them better.
  2. Elicit some answers from students.
  3. Hand the students You make my heart BEET 😉 Worksheet.
  4. Individually, students try to complete the sentences in Exercise 1 with the missing veggies.
  5. When the students have finished, they compare their answers with a partner.
  6. Check the answers as a class.
  7. Now, individually, the students match the idioms to their definitions (Exercise 2). When they have finished, ask them to compare with their partner.
  8. Check the answers as a class.
  9. Arrange the tables /chairs in your classroom so that students can change seats quickly. Tell half of your students (A) to remain seated at all times, the other half (B) should move over one chair for each round.
  10. Tell the students to go back to the questions in Exercise 1.
  11. In pairs, ask the students to interview each other using the questions from Exercise 1. Let the students role play the interview for 5 minutes and then ask the ‘B’ students to move along one seat. They can ask the questions in any order they wish.
  12. Continue until all the students have interacted with each other.
  13. At the end ask students if they have found anyone who made their heart skip a beet;) based on the answers to the questions they asked.

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P.S. Why did the potatoes argue? Because they couldn’t see eye to eye.

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