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Fast Food or Slow Food?

Nikolas as a teacher of English for foreigners, is fond of lessons' planning.

Concept of the Lesson

Fast food is extremely popular with the youth but can be unhealthy if choices are limited to a few foods. A diet in fast food can be high in fat, calories, sodium, and low in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This can contribute to increased chronic disease risks. These risks makes us to search for another food’s culture, healthier and more pleasant. One of it is the concept of Slow Food.

Plan of the Lesson, Part 1


To develop and practise: • vocabulary: food • structure: ‘Do you like …?’, should, imperatives • curricular work: menus, recipes, food groups, healthy eating • integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, with accent on lexis, grammar with accent on countable and uncountable nouns.

Lesson and Strategies

Student group targeted

7-12 grades

Objectives/Expected Learner Outcomes:

Students learn about the nutritional content of foods and make healthy choices in different shops, café, and restaurants.

Time required:

45 minutes.

Plan of the Lesson, Part 2

I. Warming up

The poem Food for Thoughts.

II. A. Checking out homework.

  • Guess the words after reading their meaning;
  • Retell about Fast Food in the form of conversation.

B. Relax. Watching video Tea Ceremony.

C. Slow Food.

  • Read the text about Slow Food in turn. Extract information with key sentences.
  • Watching the video and the quiz after it.
  • Ukrainian borscht as a bright example of the national cuisine.
  • Grammar and food.

III. Results of the lesson and homework. The marks of the students will be placed on the platform Human.

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Plan of the Lesson. Part 3, References

  • Slow food movement in book The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

White Castle

Some people think of White Castle as the first fast-food chain. Walter (Walt) A. Anderson (1880–1963), cook, had been running food stands in Wichita, Kansas since 1916. He opened his first diner in a converted streetcar. After a second and third location, he was looking to open a fourth location when he met Edgar Waldo "Billy" A. Ingram, insurance and real-estate man. Together they started the White Castle chain. At the time, most people considered the burgers sold everywhere to be low-quality. They thought hamburgers came from slaughterhouse scraps and spoiled meat.

Logos of the Fast Food

Logos of the Fast Food

Logos of the Fast Food

To Change the Public's Perception of Hamburgers

White Castle's founders decided to change the public's perception of hamburgers. They built their restaurants so that customers could see the food being prepared. They painted the buildings white and even chose a name that suggested cleanliness. White Castle was most popular in the American East and Midwest. In contrast, its success helped give hamburger a better reputation nationwide. So, White Castle played an important part in the development of fast food.

McDonald Brothers, Fast Food, and SSS

The brothers, Richard James, and Maurice James McDonald were American entrepreneurs who founded the McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino in 1948, California. They invented the "Speedee Service System," now commonly known as "fast food".

Moreover, several fast-food chains that exist today opened soon after. Burger King and Taco Bell got their start in the 1950s, and Wendy's opened in 1969. Some chains, like Carl's Jr., KFC, and Jack in the Box, existed before the Speedee Service System. They modified their cooking techniques after their debut. McDonald's is now the world's largest fast-food chain.

McDonald Brothers

McDonald Brothers

McDonald Brothers

Snail, Symbol of Slow Food

Slow food

Slow food

How Slow Food Began

Slow Food began in Italy with Carlo Petrini and the organization, Arcigola, in 1986. It resists the opening of a McDonald's near the Spanish Steps in Rome. As a result, delegates from 15 countries signed the statute of the International Slow Food movement in 1989, in Paris, France.

At its core is the aim to promote local foods, traditional regional cuisine. This means opposition and an alternative to fast food, industrial food production, and globalization.


Objectives of Slow Food

Slow Food has a series of objectives, including:

  • developing an "Ark of Taste" for each ecoregion, where are local culinary traditions.
  • organizing celebrations of cuisine within regions (for example, the Feast of Fields held in some cities in Canada)
  • creating "Praesidia" grassroots organizations to promote slow foods to the public
  • forming and sustaining seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties in cooperation with local food system.
  • promoting small-scale processing (including facilities for slaughtering and short- run products
  • lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering and the use of pesticides
  • teaching gardening skills to citizens of different ages

Carlo Petrini and Gifts of the Earth

Carlo Petrini

Carlo Petrini

Tea Ceremony Against Fast Food

We Need to Appreciate Food

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What things does the speaker consider in attitude to food?
    • To remain food consumers
    • To become food co-producers
  2. What reason does the speaker underline in explanation of overweight and diabetes?
    • Lack of exercise, too much fast food
    • We lose control over what goes into the food
  3. How could we enjoy the good aspects of food?
    • Growing foods hеlps us to build the community aroud it
    • To pay a little more for our food?

Answer Key

  1. To become food co-producers
  2. We lose control over what goes into the food
  3. Growing foods hеlps us to build the community aroud it

Your Opinion about Tea Ceremony

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What did the artisans say about the teapot?
    • The more the teapot is used the more beautiful it becomes
    • The less the teapot is used the more beautiful it becomes
  2. Over what time did some pots made?
    • Over 300 years ago
    • Over 400 years ago
  3. What creates the beautiful patina over time ?
    • Pouring tea over the surface
    • Pouring water over the surface

Answer Key

  1. The more the teapot is used the more beautiful it becomes
  2. Over 400 years ago
  3. Pouring tea over the surface

Ukrainian Borscht or Good Appetite!Borscht, Ukrainian Contribution in the Movement of Slow Food



Add the Spirit of Grammar to Your recipe

The recipe is a useful means to differentiate count nouns from non-count nouns. It is based on the situation. Say, for example, your making a borscht. Take a tomato, ask the students, "What is this?" "A tomato", yes? Okay, now chop it up, put it in a pot and ask the same question, "What is this?" Now it's "a pot of tomato" (the non-count version of tomato). You could keep going on like this with a few other vegetables. Eventually you'll wind up with "a bowl of borscht," or whatever grammatically-spiced recipe you propose this too!

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