Show the pictures of food to the students and elicit which ones they already know. Be sure to elicit the articles as well. Give the students the Italian words for the foods they don’t know, and elicit the articles for each.
Model/review “c’è/ci sono" constructions in the positive and negative with questions and answers. Have these examples on the board for students to refer to during the lesson:
C’è una mela? Is there an apple?
Si, c’è una mela/No, non c’è una mela Yes, there is an apple/No, there isn’t an apple
Ci sono fagioli? Are there green beans?
Si, ci sono fagioli/No, non ci sono fagioli Yes, there are green beans/No, there aren’t green beans
Put the students in pairs and give each student at least five pictures of food. Make sure the students have different foods from their partners. Tell them they are going role-play a trip to the market, with one student as the food seller and the other as the customer. Instruct the students not to show their food pictures to each other.
The customers ask the sellers if they have various foods, and the sellers answer whether they have them or not. If the seller has the food, she should give it to the customer. Let the students practice the sentences and questions for 5-10 minutes, then have them switch roles.
Media File: Italian Vocabulary for Beginners: Food & Drink
Other Italian food words and phrases for beginners