Lesson 12: Do you like … food?

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Lesson Plan

Run through all the questions from the previous lessons – remember to keep it fun by varying how you elicit the answers.

Play 2.  Rock, Paper, Scissors ask 3. What’s your name? + My name is ….. & Nice to meet you, 4. How are you? + several of the answers

6. Left, right, forward & back.  Plus the Left & Right song.
7. I am, you are, he is, she is, they are, we are, everybody is …. gesture a person and a “How are you?” emotion and the kids make the appropriate sentence.
8. Jump whilst singing the numbers 1 to 12.  (This time without the music)
9. Ask “How old are you?”  and the students ask each.
10.  What’s the weather like? + a selection of answers and sing the What’s the weather like? song.

11.  Run through Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening, Good night & Hello with the song.

Teach the phrase “Do you like …?” and then use 2,3 or 4 examples from the song as practice.

Then once the kids have got the hang of it, play the song from the Teacher’s Set and get the kids to answer honestly with either “Yes, I do!” or “No, I don’t!” for all the rest of the vocab.

Here it is in action with Margit’s kids:

And Virginie’s class!  (After a quick warm up to wake up the parents 🙂 )


This is one of my favourite games and has lots of speaking from all the students.

First the version for big groups …

1. Split the students into two halves, and give each team a cool name.
2. Three kids from each group are nominated to be the designated runners and stand at the back.
3. Put the “Words 2” on the screen.

4. Wander round the class and say “hello” to a random student ( or point the microphone to them if you have one)
5. This student then asks you “Do you like…?” plus one of the foods at the front.
6. You answer “No, I don’t”.
7. Wander around getting a few more people to ask you.
8. Eventually you say “Yes, I do!” to one person’s question.
9. The front runner from each group has to rush forward and pick up the matching card. The further they have to run, the more fun!
10. Continue from 4.

It’s really fun and frantic and has lots of participation from many students. One nice thing is that even weaker kids can say “Do you like apples?” or “Do you like bananas?”, and the more advanced students will ask more complicated ones.

And everyone has to listen really carefully to what each person says. As you will have quite a few “No, I don’ts” before the final “Yes, I do” it’s really good practise for everyone to listen really carefully to many people in the class. After all, the one time they don’t listen maybe the one you say “yes” to!

The other good thing is that although most of the students are sat down ( it’s great for even very large classes), they are all listening and they all go crazy shouting the words out and supporting their runners as they run past them to get the cards!

Or Small Group Karuta

Ninja Tip:  On a laptop you’ll see subtitles in English on the video.  If you’re viewing on a phone or tablet the game starts 2 minutes in.

1.  Everyone is in a circle with the picture cards in the middle.

2.  One student gets to answer.

3.  Going round the circle, one person at a time asks this student “Do you like ….”  plus one of the foods on the cards.

4.  They reply “No, I don’t!”

5.  Repeat from step 3.

6.  But …. sometimes they will say “Yes, I do!”

7.  Then everyone has to try and slap this card!

8.  The fastest person to slap this card is the winner, gets to keep the card and becomes the answering student!

9. Repeat from step 3.


Or one more alternative for group work …

The Hippo Worksheet Game

Give everyone a copy of the VIP worksheet:

1 . Each player hides their sheet from the other player.

2. They cut out the 8 pictures on the top right.

3. Place any 4 pictures on the “Yes, I do!” section.

4. Place the other 4 on the “No, I don’t!” section.

5. The players rock, paper, scissors ( or try a coin toss) to see who goes first.

6. The winner says “Do you like” plus the name of one of the items.

If the item is on the other player’s “Yes, I do” section then it is safe.

However, if the word is on the other player’s “No I don’t” section then the 2 players rock, paper, scissors again.

If the person who asked the question wins, and they can say the name of the card plus “please”, they can steal the picture and place it in their hippo’s tummy!

But if they lose at rock, paper, scissors , it is safe!

7. The other player now has a go at asking.

If you have taken everything from your opponent’s “don’t like” section then you have won!

Do you like?
(Easy to Teach Remix)

Do you like Apples?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Bananas?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Cheese?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Doughnuts?

Do you like Eggs?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Fish?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Grapes?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Hotdogs?
Yes I do / No I don’t.

Do you like Ice cream?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Jelly?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Ketchup?
Yes I do / No I don’t.
Do you like Lettuce?

Do you like? m-z Remix

This is the same as above, but this time the list of foods is:
noodles, olives, pizza, quiche, rice, salad, toast, ugli fruit, vegetables, waffles,, yoghurt, zucchini.


Bonus VIP Printables

If you have the Teacher’s Set you can also download these extra printables

A4 Flashcards
(What’s this?)
Mini Cards
(What’s this?)

Evaluation Workbook
(what’s this?)

Picture Book
(What’s this?)


Weird Foods Cards

Here are some cards of “strange foods”. You can use them with the song to easily introduce  “No, I don’t!”

NEW: Even more weird food  A4 cards and mini cards including such delicacies as snake salad, mayonnaise milkshake, octopus yoghurt, pea juice and scary toast!




Picture Books



A4 Flashcards
(What’s this?)

Mini Cards
(What’s this?)

Listening Quizzes


Lesson Plan

(What’s this?)


(give to class teacher)

(What’s this?)

Dice Game
(What’s this?)

Spaghetti Game
(What’s this?)

Islands Game
(What’s this?)

Snakes & Ladders
(What’s this?)

Photo Flashcards
(What’s this?)

Strange Food Stickers

JulianK – I’m loving the built-in picture book!

Craig – I love having the picture books right in the software instead of having to go out of the program to share them with my kids. Much easier.
My 14 kids in my city-sponsored summer program are having a blast using Genki English! Even I’m surprised at how fast the 2 and 3 nensei kids are remembering the material, and I’ve been using GE for about 2 years now in Elementary schools.

Rock solid proof, in my opinion, as to the validity of these lessons (and especially songs). My kids beg me to let them play a game (ANY game…even lessons they haven’t done yet) on the denshi kokuban before class starts. And then it’s a battle for the parents to get them to get out of the classroom and go home!! They don’t want to leave!

Thanks again (I know I’ve said it before) for everything.


Margit – You know what: I never did the “Do you like ” lesson. I searched for the topic like crazy on CD 5 and 8 and other where. I hardly believe it as I am through almost each single topic many times. It’s all fabulous. Thanks you.


Gudrun – Really GREAT idea to include the picture book into the software, Richard!!! That way, there is always a story with the same vocab right there!
Thank you!

Mary – I agree with the others about the picture book! It is great having it all in the same place!! I am not sure when you added it but I also like how you added words 3 with I like and I don’t like. Makes it a lot easier for the kids to learn that phrase. I love all the updates! Thanks for all your hard work Richard, I really appreciate it and so do my students!!!


Stephen – I Love these new updates, I would really love to see more of the 2 player/team games too if possible (you know the one with the buttons for the kids to push on the screen). Thes will be great to use with the interactive whiteboard. thanks for all, keep it coming.


Roger – What can I add? Thanks Richard its awesome! Yes, I love the picture book, that will be very handy


Roxana – Really cool, I love the heavy metal version. Thanks a lot!

2 Responses to “Lesson 12: Do you like … food?”

  1. Amina Khalfi

    this is the simplest , and the most amazing way to teaching plural
    thank you Richard!

  2. Francesca Saraceno

    Hi Richard I just wanted to say that I LOVE this new curriculum format! It is so organized and all in one place really helps me to see everything I can do for that lesson.That to be honest with you when I am stuck on ideas leads to all negative thoughts . So thank you so much you have re-inspired once again! I will keep coming back to these plans!

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