ESL food game



ESL Food Game

This is a game for learning ESL food vocabuarly. The aim is to practice English food words, food quantifiers and simple food request phrases.

There are a total of 180 food vocab items divided into 9 groups. Each items is represented visually with an image and has an audio clip for listening practice. While 180 items seems like quite a lot of vocabulary, there are certainly some common vocab items that are not included and there are numberous variations that students may also encounter. That being said, the aim was to have a quite comprehensive amount of vocabulary with the aim being to give more than enough food vocab for the average ESL student. The vocab that isn't included is that which is quite hard to represent visually or represent in a way that is distinct enough from other items. For example, a bag of flour is going to be too similar to a bag of sugar. There are also countless additional meals that could have been included, but the number of meals was limited to 20 and those were chosen on the basis of how easy they were to draw. While I tried to make the images as good and detailed as possible, the images are quite limited by image size and other factors. It is expected that some of the images may require additional context or clues to fully understand. For example, the item 'bag of sugar' will be quite difficult for a student to understand just from the image. The choice of images was also limited by the need to organize them into groups of 20. As such there are a few fruits and vegetables that didn't make it.

The vocab items are divided into 9 groups of 20. The groups are Snacks, Fruit, Meat, Drinks, Meals, Bread, Vegetables, Groceries and Store. The groupings were chosen so as to best fit around the vocab items that had been chosen; as such, there was some switching and squeezing in of items into groups. But overall, I think the organization is the best fit possible. The bread group was originally going to be a carbs groups, but I thought that it would be unfamiliar for most students. Bread as a groups title isn't ideal as a lot of the items have no bread at all, but this was the best compromise I could think of.

The game is divided into 3 parts. In the first part, you are presented with images of foods and you have to sort them into groups according to the quantifier they use. For example, 'apple' takes the quantifier 'an' whereas, 'beef' takes the quantifier 'some'. Often the quantifier is ambiguous, for example watermelon could use 'a' or 'some' depending on the circumstance. For foods such as these, the image aims to be clear about which quantifier is most suitable, for example the watermelon image shows segments of the fruit which signifies that the quantifier 'some' should be used. Later groups involve more elaborate quantifiers, such as 'a bag of' or 'a slice of'. These too can be quite ambigious, but again the images should make it clear which to use.

The 2nd part involves a store scenario. Customers enter the store and request specific foods. You then have to click and drag the correct food to the customer. When you do this, you accumulate money which counts towards the final score. The idea is to serve as many customers as possible so as to earn as much money as possible. The 3rd part is a simple sentence generation task. Students have to look at the picture and then click on the words to make a matching sentence.

A full list of vocab used is as follows.

Snacks: pizza, water, burger, hot dog, egg, chocolate, bread, fries, rice, sushi, taco, cookie, donut, instant noodles, popcorn, ice, fried chicken, sandwich, ice cream, candy

Fruits: apple, orange, banana, pear, lemon, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, plum, peach, mango, lime, avocado, dragon fruit, kiwi fruit, tangerines, grapefruit, cherries

Meat: lamb, beef, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, steak, kebab, sausage, bacon, chicken nuggets, roast beef, ham, chicken wing, chicken leg, pork chop, cheese, boiled eggs, lobster, butter

Drinks: cup of coffee, cup of tea, hot chocolate, glass of water, glass of cola, glass of lemonade, fruit smoothie, orange juice, milk, apple juice, lemon tea, black coffee, glass of wine, ice coffee, ice tea, cafe latte, cappuccino, espresso, chocolate milkshake, banana milkshake

Meals: steak and chips, fish and chips, chicken and rice, burger and fries, burrito, chips and dip, salad, spring rolls, dumplings, curry and rice, baked potato, beans on toast, lasagna, spaghetti bolognese ,scrambled egg on toast, English breakfast, salt and pepper, samosas, rice and vegetables, fried rice

Bread: cheese burger, wrap, spaghetti, toast, muffin, pancakes, baguette, pie, peanuts, brownies, croissant, bread rolls, waffles, pretzel, bagel, walnuts, pasta, panini, cupcake, cheese toastie

Vegetables: tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, potatoes, onions, eggplant, bell peppers, pumpkin, olives, garlic, lettuce, corn, mushrooms, celery, cabbage, peas, chilies, broccoli, cauliflower, ginger

Groceries: can of beans, packet of ketchup, slice of cake, can of tuna, slice of pizza, bowl of noodles, bowl of ice cream, packet of sweets, slice of bread, packet of biscuits, can of cola, can of sweetcorn, slice of lemon, slice of pie, slice of bacon, packet of nuts, packet of mints, packet of salt, bowl of soup, bowl of guacamole

Store: box of cereal, bag of potato chips, jar of instant coffee, carton of eggs, jar of mayonnaise, carton of milk, carton of orange juice, box of donuts, bag of pet food, bag of peas, jar of honey, jar of peanut butter, jar of mustard, carton of apple juice, carton of yogurt, box of macaroni, box of chocolates, box of biscuits, bag of almonds, bag of sugar

I hope your students enjoy the game and can practice and improve their English. Leave any comments you like below.




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