Cooking Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL)

ESL Level: Upper-Intermediate
Skill Focus: Reading, Vocabulary, Speaking
Lesson Plan Download: Cooking-Lesson-Plan-UppIntermediate-01052013.doc
Approximate Class Time: Two hours

Cooking Lesson Plan (ESL): Upper-Intermediate

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 (Yield: 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; for garnish
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 coat 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 and basting occasionally with any remaining marinade. Serve hot, garnished with lime slices.
Moussaka (Yield: 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. Saut© 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
(Yield: 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 glossy and 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 adhering 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 appetizing 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 cooking lesson.
baste (verb)
simmer (verb)
saute (verb)
whisk (verb)
adhere (verb)
  • yield – the amount produced by sth
  • garnish – a small amount of food used as decoration
  • skewer – a pointed piece of metal/wood that is pushed through meat, vegetables, etc
  • marinade – a mixture of oil, wine, spices, etc. used for soaking meat/fish before cooking
  • baste – pour liquid fat or juices over meat, etc, while it is cooking to keep it moist
  • simmer – cook sth by keeping it almost at boiling point
  • 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
  • glossy – smooth and shiny
  • batter – a mixture of eggs, milk, and flour used to cover food such as fish or chicken
  • adhere – stick firmly to sth

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

government / uprising
recipe / yield
garnish / plate
skewer / barbeque
baste / turkey
simmer / soup
chef / saute
lukewarm / bath
whisk / eggs
fish / batter
adhere / surface

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. Tell your partner about your dinner and recommend the restaurant to him/her. You can begin the conversation.

Student B:  You have recently converted to vegetarianism (or veganism 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?

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5 comments on “Cooking Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL)

  1. Alex Maerah (Posted on 7-20-2013 at 12:50) Reply

    Very useful, very helpful. Thank you!

  2. RACHELLE (Posted on 8-28-2013 at 10:03) Reply

    I will be using this today in my class!

  3. maryam (Posted on 4-16-2015 at 03:57) Reply

    thanks a lot!

  4. Karolina (Posted on 7-27-2015 at 08:11) Reply

    Thanks, that’s really useful!

  5. Jacqueline (Posted on 8-23-2015 at 03:40) Reply

    First visit, not my last! Found the cooking plan different from other websites. Like they say “I’ll be back”.! Thank you.

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