My Favorite Foods-English Template, Novice High

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My Favorite Foods


In this activity, students will survey one another to determine how much their classmates like/dislike certain foods. Students will learn to ask each other questions and answer questions regarding food. Students will also learn about discussing restaurants. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice High


Ingredients, Foods, Survey, Restaurant, Preferences, Likes, Dislikes.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written (target language) on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in (target language) to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can describe popular foods without using buzzwords
  • I can compare and contrast my food preferences with friends
  • I can discuss how frequently I eat or visit a restaurant

Materials Needed:

Vis-A-Vis Markers & Erasers 

Survey Cards

Taboo Cards

Google Slideshow 


1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introduce the Can-Do Statements. 

2. Give a student a Taboo Card. The student has to describe the food on the card to the group, without saying the words on the card. 

3. The whole group has to guess the item the student is describing. If they guess it, then they get a point!

The whole group has to guess the item the student is describing. If they guess it, then they get a point!

Main Activity

1.Give each student a Survey Card, a marker and an eraser. Give them a minute to read the card.       

I am going to give each of you an interview card. Each card is different. Take a minute to look over them and ask me any questions you may have.

2. Fill in the blank spots. For example, if the empty space is for a fruit, you could write banana. Don’t use an item that’s already there. 

Have the students fill in the empty categories on their lists. 

3. Example:

¿Do you like...?

Yes, I like...

Of course, I love...

No, I hate...

4. After they have finished surveying their partner, have them switch until they have all surveyed each other.

5. Reflection Questions

What was the most liked food? 

What was the most disliked food?


Ask students a few question to finish the lab: 

1. Do you like the food served at school? Why or why not? 

2. Do you dislike grocery shopping? Why or why not? 

3. Do you love eating in restaurants? Why or why not?

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can describe popular foods without using buzzwords
  • I can compare and contrast my food preferences with friends
  • I can discuss how frequently I eat or visit a restaurant

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