Idioms: eating and drinking
This ESL worksheet is about 12 idioms and expressions that are used when talking about food, eating and drinking. It includes plenty of speaking activities so that students can learn them by using them.
The first activity introduces 5 idioms and expressions (e.g.a pick-me-up, make your one’s water, make a pig of oneself, a sweet tooth) through a short dialogue. Students work out the meaning of the idioms and match them to their definitions. To practise these idioms, students complete 5 questions with the correct idiom and then discuss the questions.
Next, students are given another short dialogue about, including the rest of the expressions (e.g. drink like a fish, eat like a bird, eat like a horse, stuff one’s face, hold one’s liquor).
Students match the idioms to their definitions and to practise, they are asked to talk for a minute about different people they know (e.g. someone who eats like a horse).
Next, students are tasked with a multiple choice activity. After choosing the correct answer, students discuss the sentences.
The last 2 activities are focused on speaking: first, students discuss 3 questions given, Lastly, they are asked to create a restaurant dialogue, using at least 4 of the sentences given.
This worksheet will work great as an addition to lessons about food, eating, drinking, restaurants and eating habits.
This worksheet works well in combination with the following lesson plans
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Vocabulary: basic terms to describe wine and wine notes
B1 / B2
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Synonyms: drunk (wasted, hammered, tipsy)
B2 / C1
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