The Internet TESL Journal

Web-based Cultural Lesson: Restaurants & Food

Emma de Dios Álvarez
dediose [at]
University of Valladolid (Valladolid, Spain)


Students' inadequate knowledge of the world is reflected not only in their lack of foreign language skills, but also in their general ignorance of basic information about other peoples and nations. One of the important problems language instructors face is the teaching of a foreign culture. The Internet is an excellent way to approach the issue due to following reasons:


After first introducing the students to the basics of computers and the Internet, the following three-part lesson provides practice in the classroom.

The Lesson

After studying English for a long time, you finally have the opportunity to go to New York City with your class. One of the first things you would like to do is taste the local cuisine. Thus, you are going to read one of these two web pages of restaurants in New York City in order to know what kind of food you are going to find.

Part 1:

Before reading the web page, think of the kind of information you are likely to find. Answer yes or no to the following statements. Talk to a classmate and find out what he/she thinks. Then, ask your instructor.

Part 2:

Part 3:

For next week, choose one of the recipes you can find on the following page. For this purpose, go to the "most recent recipes" section. Click on one. Read it carefully and look up any words you may not know. Cook it at home. Then, bring it to class so that we can know whether you are a good cook or not!

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. VII, No. 3, March 2001