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Pre-reading activities

1. Whats your favourite food?

What do you eat with it?

When do you have it?


2. You are going to read a text about what British people eat and when. What do you want to know? Write some questions.


What do they have for breakfast?

Do they have hot things or cold things?

Do they eat a lot of fish?


3. Read the text Meals in Britain. Are the sentences below true or false? Correct the false sentences.


a) Many British people have a big breakfast.

b) People often have cereal or toast for breakfast.

c) Marmalade is different from jam.

d) People drink tea with hot milk.

e) Many foreign visitors love instant coffee.

f) All British people have a hot lunch.

g) Pubs are good places to go for lunch.

h) British people eat dinner late in the evening.

i) Sunday lunch is a special meal.

j) When you get a take-away meal, you eat it at home.


Meals in Britain

A traditional English breakfast is a very big meal sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms ... But nowadays many people just have cereal with milk and sugar, or toast with marmalade, jam, or honey. Marmalade and jam are not the same! Marmalade is made from oranges and jam is made from other fruit. The traditional breakfast drink is tea, which people have with cold milk. Some people have coffee, often instant coffee, which is made with just hot water. Many visitors to Britain find this coffee disgusting!

For many people lunch is a quick meal. In cities there are a lot of sandwich bars, where office workers can choose the kind of bread they want brown, white, or a roll and then all sorts of salad and meat or fish to go in the sandwich. Pubs often serve good, cheap food, both hot and cold. Schoolchildren can have a hot meal at school, but many just take a snack from home a sandwich, a drink, some fruit, and perhaps some crisps.

'Tea' means two things. It is a drink and a meal! Some people have afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes, and, of course, a cup of tea. Cream teas are popular. You have scones (a kind of cake) with cream and jam.

The evening meal is the main meal of the day for many people. They usually have it quite early, between 6.00 and 8.00, and often the whole family eats together.

On Sundays many families have a traditional lunch. They have roast meat, either beef, lamb, chicken, or pork; with potatoes, vegetables, and gravy. Gravy is a sauce made from the meat juices.

The British like food from other countries, too, especially Italian, French, Chinese, and Indian. People often get take-away meals you buy the food at the restaurant and then bring it home to eat. Eating in Britain is quite international!

(From 'Headway Elementary' by Liz & John Soars)

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Date: 2015-01-29; view: 1231

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