George Bernard Shaw, a writer.
• to develop students’ listening skills;
• to practise speaking skills of students.
Do you know what restaurants one a national institution in Great Britain?
Cheap restaurants known as “fish and chips” restaurants are a national institution
in Great Britain. They are open till 11 p.m. and are an ideal place for a driver
on a long trip. Fish and chips are eaten with salads. Sometimes visitors take
them away to have at home, at work or in a car.
Introducing the topic
Every nation thinks its food is the best, that they are the best cooks, that they know
what and how to eat. “Every cook praises his own broth” an English proverb says.
Some people say that British food is tasteless. For breakfast most people have
cereal or toast and tea or coffee.
Tea is a national drink. It’s drunk with lemon or with milk. Children have tea
at about 5 or 6 p.m. “Five o’clock tea” is the meal and not a drink. It’s often meat
or fish with vegetables and then a dessert. Cream teas are very popular. Y ou may
have scones (cake) with cream and jam.
Coffee enjoys almost equal popularity.
Lunch is a quick meal. It’s very light, usually a sandwich and some fruit. There
are a lot of sandwich bars with a wide choice of bread, salad, fish and meat which
go for sandwiches.
Pubs serve good, cheap food, both hot and cold. On Sundays many families
have a traditional lunch: roast meat with potatoes and vegetables.
People have dinner at 7 or 8 p.m. The evening meal is the main meal of the day.
Usually the whole family eats together.
Supper must be light. A sandwich or toast, or just some biscuits. Those who
haven’t eaten dinner may eat supper at 9 p.m.
At the restaurant you will have a starter, a main course and a dessert. The
starter includes a vegetable, tomato or chicken soup, prawn cocktail, melon and
ham or fruit juice.
Main courses give a choice of roast beef, fish pie served with new potatoes and
Desserts may include Black Forest Gatean (a chocolate cake), an
apple pie with cream or ice-cream, cheese and biscuits.
Eating out in Britain is very easy. There are many establishments which are
worth visiting. The choice is excellent, especially in London.
1) British food is tasteless.
2) Tea and coffee are national drinks.
3) Tea is drunk without milk.
4) Lunch is usually light.
5) People have dinner at 6 p.m.
6) The morning meal is the main meal of the day.
7) Supper is light like lunch.
8) Eating out in Britain is not an easy thing.
2. Answer the questions.
1) What do most British people have for breakfast?
2) What is a national drink?
3) What do you know about “Five o’clock tea”?
4) What do British people have for lunch?
5) Is lunch on Sundays different from the lunches on other days of the week?
6) What do British people prefer for dinner / supper?
7) What do the starters / main courses / desert include?
8) Eating out in Britain is very easy, isn’t it?
3. Match the parts of the sentences.
2) Sandwich bars.
4) School children.
7) A traditional lunch.
8) Many kids.
9) Many families.
a) is a quick and light meal, usually a sandwich and some fruit
b) have a wide choice of bread, salad, fish, and meat
c) serve good, cheap food, both hot and cold
d) can have a hot meal at school
e) take a lunch bag from home - a sandwich, a drink, apples or bananas
f) have a traditional lunch on Sundays
g) includes roast meat with potatoes, vegetables and gravy
h) have dinner at 7 or 8 p.m.
i) must be very light - a sandwich or toast, or just some biscuits
Imagine that your English friend has come to your school and you want to ask
him some questions about meals in Britain.
Students present their stories with one of the proverbs.
Today the British drink more tea than any other nation - on average 1650 cups of the tea a year. They drink it in bed in the morning, round the fire on winter afternoons and out in the garden on sunny summer days.
What exactly is tea? Basically it’s a drink made from dried leaves of a plant that only grows in hot countries. The British first heard of tea in 1598, and first tasted it in about 1650. We like to begin every morning with tea. We drink a few cups of tea during the day. But only 300 years ago most people in Europe didn’t know anything about tea.
This is a story of an English sailor who brought home some tea-leaves as a present for his mother. She told her friends about the present and asked them to dinner to try “tea”. When her friends came, the old woman brought in a dish and put it on the table. There were brown leaves on it, they were boiled. The guests began to eat those boiled leaves. Of course, nobody liked them.
At that moment the sailor came in. He looked at the table, smiled and said, “Mother, what have you done with those tea leaves?”
“I’ve boiled them as you told me to do”.
“And what have you done with the water?”
“I threw it away, of course”.
“Now you may throw away the leaves, too”, said her son.
Perhaps, this story never took place, but it shows that people in England at that time knew very little about tea.
The Chinese were the first people in the world to grow tea. More than 2000 years ago Chinese people knew about tea and likes it. Nowadays most people in the world like tea very much.
1) Did people in Europe always drink tea?
2) Who were the first people to grow tea?
3) How did the old woman boil tea?
4) Did this story take place?
5) Do people like tea nowadays?
2. Retelling the text in chain.
Comment on these words: “English cooking? You just put things into boiling
water and then take them out again after a short while”. (An anonymous French chef)
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