Cooking Lesson Plan (Intermediate ESL)

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Skill Focus: Reading, Vocabulary, Speaking
Lesson Plan Download: Cooking-Lesson-Plan-Intermediate-03052013.doc
Approximate Class Time: Two hours

A lesson plan on cooking

Cooking Lesson Plan (ESL): Warm-Up

1) What are life’s simple pleasures?
2) How do you feel about cooking?
3) What is your favorite kind of food?

Cooking Recipes: Read and discuss the below recipes.

Chicken Tikka Masala (makes 4 servings)

· 1 1/2 lb boned & skinned chicken breasts
· 2/3 c plain low fat yogurt
·Fresh ginger root; grated;
· 2 cloves of garlic; crushed
· 1 ts (teaspoon) Chili powder
· 1 ts ground coriander seeds
·Salt; to taste
·  2 tb (tablespoon) Lime juice
· 2 tb Oil
· Lime slices
Rinse chicken, pat dry with paper towels and cut into 3/4″ cubes.Put cubes onto short skewers. Place skewered chicken into a shallow non-metal dish. In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, ginger root, garlic, chili powder, coriander, salt, lime juice, and oil. Pour over skewered chicken and turn to cover completely in marinade. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight to allow chicken to absorb flavors.
Heat grill. Place skewered chicken on grill rack and cook 5 to 7 minutes, turning skewers occasionally. Serve hot with lime slices.
Moussaka (makes 6 servings)
· 1 lb ground beef
· 1 c chopped onion
· Olive oil
· 1 c water
· 1/2 c tomato paste
· 2 tb Minced parsley
· Stick butter
· Salt & pepper
·Med. Eggplants
·1/2 c bread crumbs
· Eggs, well-beaten
· 1/2 c grated cheese
Brown the meat & onion in some olive oil. When well-browned, add water, tomato paste, parsley, butter, salt, and pepper and let it simmer on low for 1 hour or more, until sauce is thickened. In the meantime, peel & cut the eggplants lengthwise in 1/4″ thick slices. Sauté in olive oil to a golden brown. Add 2 tbs bread crumbs to the meat sauce & mix well. Butter a baking dish well and sprinkle with some breadcrumbs. Place 1/2 of eggplant slices in the dish, & spread 1/2 of the meat sauce on top – repeat. Pour eggs on top and spread evenly. Sprinkle with cheese & breadcrumbs and bake at 350 for 1/2 hour or until golden. Serve with cheese sauce, if you want.
Triple-Chocolate Fudge Brownies
(makes 1 serving)
· 3 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
· 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
· 3/4 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
· 3/4 c sugar
· 1 ts Vanilla
· 2 lg Eggs
· 1/2 ts Salt
· 1/2 c All purpose flour
· 1/2 c Semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour on an 8×8” baking pan. In a heavy 1.5 quart (6L) saucepan melt bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Then remove pan from heat. Cool mixture to lukewarm and whisk in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking well until mixture is smooth. Stir in salt and flour and chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in pan and bake in middle of oven 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with crumbs stuck to it. Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack before cutting into 16 squares.

Cooking ESL Lesson Plan: Follow-up & Comprehension Questions

1) Which recipe sounds the most delicious to you?
2) Which recipe requires at least six hours of preparation?
3) How can you know the brownies are ready?
4) Which recipe do you think has the least expensive ingredients?

Cooking Lesson Plan (ESL): Vocabulary Matching

Match the words with their meaning as used in the news lesson.
rinse (verb)
absorb (verb)
mince (verb)
simmer (verb)
in the meantime
sauté (verb)
sprinkle (verb)
whisk (verb)
  • rinse – wash with clean water (not using soap)
  • skewer – a pointed piece of metal/wood that is pushed through meat, vegetables, etc.
  • shallow – not deep
  • marinade – a mixture of oil, wine, spices, etc. used for soaking meat/fish before cooking
  • absorb – take in a liquid (or other substance) from the surface or space around
  • mince – cut food, esp. meat, into very small pieces using a special machine
  • simmer – cook sth by keeping it almost at boiling point
  • in the meantime – in the period between two times/events; meanwhile
  • saute – fry food quickly in a little hot fat
  • sprinkle – throw small pieces of sth or drops of a liquid on sth
  • lukewarm – slightly warm
  • whisk – beat or stir a substance (esp. cream or eggs) with a light, rapid movement
  • batter – a mixture of eggs, milk, and flour used to cover food such as fish or chicken

Cooking Lesson Plan (ESL): Connect the below idea(s) to make a sentence.

government / uprising
in the meantime / rinse
absorb / juice
mince / hamburger
simmer / soup
chef / saute
lukewarm / bath
whisk / eggs
fish / batter

Cooking ESL Lesson Plan: Your Best Recipe

Take 5 minutes to prepare a presentation on your best recipe. Include its ingredients and the steps required for its preparation.

Cooking ESL Lesson Plan: Role-Play #1

Student A:
You think your country’s cuisine is the best in the world. Think of reasons to support this argument. When ready, ask your partner if he/she would like to go out with you tonight to a restaurant that serves your country’s cuisine.
Student B:
You don’t like your country’s cuisine. Think of criticisms of it. Soon, your partner will invite you to a restaurant that serves your national cuisine. Refuse and try to convince him/her to go out for another kind of food.

Cooking ESL Lesson Plan: Role-Play #2


Student A:
You had a delicious steak at the All American SteakHouse last night. You love meat. Tell your partner about your dinner and recommend the restaurant to him/her. You can begin the conversation.
Student B:
You have recently become a vegetarian (or vegan if you prefer). Think of reasons why eating meat is wrong or unhealthy. When ready, try to convince your partner to change his/her diet. The other student will start the conversation.

Cooking ESL Lesson Plan: Discussion Questions

1)     What would you like to eliminate from your diet?
2)     What are some disgusting things that people eat?
3)     Have you ever had food poisoning?
4)     Do you buy for organic food? Are you afraid of genetically modified food?
5)     How do you think technology will change how we eat in the future?
6)     What restaurants in your area would you recommend?
7)     Are men better chefs than women?

Cooking Lesson Plan (ESL) copyright Matthew Barton of

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2 comments on “Cooking Lesson Plan (Intermediate ESL)

  1. emily (Posted on 11-5-2013 at 20:40) Reply

    when you are cooking they are things that you should not do and things that you should do

  2. Anne (Posted on 10-6-2015 at 09:39) Reply

    I had a song to play as an introduction (Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five ~ Beans and Cornbread) and an idea for part of a lesson but needed some filler and some of this looks like just what I need- thanks!

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