NEW STANDPOINTS ■ FEBRUARY-MARCH 2006
Crossing Borders Beginners-Lower Intermediate CLASS FILE
A Recipe for Guacamole
The games around this (fancy!) guacamole recipe provide opportunities to approach Latino culture in a playful way.
■ Skill development Listening, reading - finding information on a map,
■ Language Food; verb forms: imperative and preterite; the pronuncia
tion of the letter <o>, (onion, lemon, clove, top, carrot) , the stress on
polysyllabics: avocado, tomato, guacamole.
■ Culture The United States as a melting pot
■ The worksheet, some glue and cardboard.
■ "Guacamole Recipe" from New Standpoints Live,
available at: www.newstandpoints.com/file.asp
(ranscript at the end of this file)
■ The recipe ingredients and utensils!
● Have pupils ask each other questions about their favourite
food. (Revise: I like... I don’t like... Do you like...?) Ask them if
they know of any typical American food and again have them
ask each other questions about it (Kentucky fried chicken,
● Ask them if they sometimes cook or bake cakes at home,
and what they need when they do the cooking. (You want to
elicit ingredients and utensils – salt, sugar, tea/tablespoon,
fork, bowl, etc.) Then tell pupils that they are going to hear a
recipe. Have them listen to the name of the dish and repeat
it. See that they pronounce the 3 syllables in recipe!
● Play the first part with the list of ingredients (down to “chilli
powder”) and have pupils do
on the worksheet. The
words are truly transparent words, both in written and oral
speech, so they can easily be guessed from the pronunciation,
except for cloves of garlic, which will be inferred by default from
the illustration once all the ingredients have been found.
● Have pupils cut out the whole top half of the worksheet and
glue it onto cardboard, then cut out the cards.
● The aim of the first game is to have pupils link what they