Posted by: lyonenglishnetwork | June 5, 2012

Potato or Tomato?


Do you want to revise food vocabulary with your students?

Here’s a great idea!

First, brainstorm all the vegetables your students know such as “tomato, potato (explain the difference in pronunciation between British English and American English + -es spelling for plural), leek, cabbage, carrot…” etc… taking care of mentioning “turnip” and “beetroot” which will be useful when watching and discussing the video.

After that, introduce Jamie Oliver and watch the following video. Remind them that they should try to listen for gist, not detail.

After that, there’s room for discussion!

Depending on the level of your students, you can simply ask them to list the vegetables they heard and saw or get them to comment on the situation (how come? true or false? who’s responsible?). As it’s a video, they don’t need to have a particularly high level to understand what it’s all about.

Another thing, you can make them notice the difference between Jamie Oliver’s British English accent and the kids’ American accent and intonation, you know what I’m saying?!! 😉

Now, good luck (and let me know how it went)!





  1. omg! I can’t believe those kids don’t know the difference between a potato and a tomato. What does it say about healthy eating in America ?

    I like the activity idea, I’ll have to test it out in class sometime soon.


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