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Pancake Day: How to make perfect pancakes

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Holidays around the world

  • 75 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B1, B2


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to an authentic video about cooking
  • Use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions on the main ideas and details of the video
  • Recognize key language from the video
  • Relate the content of the video to your own opinions and experience
  • Accurately describe recipes demonstrated by others

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video. Then work with with a partner to describe what happens in the video using your own words


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of pancakes. It is also a chance to see what vocabulary the students already know about the topic of cooking, as well as to review vocabulary of body parts, prepositions of place, and sequencing.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to further engage the students with the topic of cooking.
As a link to the Warm up 1 activity, say that the students have watched someone with great cooking skills. Are their skills in the kitchen as good as that?

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Match the images to the words. There are four words you do not need to use.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check understanding of the main ingredients and cooking techniques for making pancakes. This helps students understand the video in the Main ideas activity.
Language notes


 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

Watch the video and put the recipe steps in the correct order.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to demonstrate understanding of the main ideas of an authentic recipe video by putting the steps in the correct order.
It is not important that the students understand all the language in the video.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 9 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Support
  • Categorization, closed


Student instructions

Put the key language that you already know into the correct column. Then watch the video again and try to put more words into the chart.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce more difficult key language from the video. It also gives practice with listening and word recognition.
This prepares students for the Practice and Detail activities.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Use the key language to complete the text. You do not need to use all the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using the key language, both from the Language and Lead in activities.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Watch the video again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand details from the video.
Extension
Have students watch the last part of the video again and note down all the alternative toppings which are suggested. They can also discuss which topping (sweet or savoury) they would prefer. The toppings are:

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about the recipe in the video and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the recipe in the video according to their own tastes, opinions and experiences. Students can discuss the questions in pairs, groups, or as a whole class.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to use the language studied in today's lesson, as well as students' own linguistic resources, to describe a recipe acted out by other students.
Students can work on their own or with a partner or small group. Make sure the recipes chosen are simple enough to be demonstrated.
The objective is to watch a student or group demonstrate or mime a recipe and describe the steps, as well as guess which recipe it is.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on the objectives of the lesson and whether they were achieved.

 
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