Reading, Planning and Cooking
Reading recipes, planning and then cooking a meal together can help English learners in many valuable ways, expanding their vocabulary, encouraging discussion, and improving their ability to give and take instructions.
In addition, a hands-on cooking activity offers ESL students the opportunity to understand oral communication and pose spontaneous questions within a structured situation.
By introducing cooking activities into your classroom, English language learners are directed to pay attention to the names of food, preparation instructions, simple recipes, courses of the meal, package descriptions (ingredients, expiration date, weight, and serving size, storage instructions, nutrition information, etc.) As an added benefit, it adds a cultural awareness of western-styled food and meals.