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Lesson 6: Eating Habits
I probably need to cut back on sugar.

I can listen to and understand someone’s eating habits.

INTRODUCE

You can ask about someone’s eating habits to know what food or restaurant to recommend.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

cut back on [thing]

go easy on [thing]

skip [thing]

eat light

snack on [thing]

stress-eat

II. Which of the things above do you do?

III. Practice reading the words.

/b/

/p/

back

pack

beach

peach

bath

path

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

When two verbs are next to each other in a sentence, they usually follow one of two patterns:

  1. (verb) + (gerund)
  2. (verb) + (to-infinitive)

Use pattern 1, (verb) + (gerund), with the following verbs.

appreciate

enjoy

keep

finish

dislike

consider

avoid

practice

  • I dislike snacking on junk food.
  • I considered cutting back on sugar.

Use pattern 2, (verb) + (to infinitive), with the following verbs.

agree

would like

want

offer

hope

plan

need

promise

  • I plan to go easy on chocolate this year.
  • I need to eat light.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Ai and Sho are chatting in the breakroom at work.

TRIVIA

Unlike the Japanese katakana word daietto (ダイエット), the English word diet only means being careful about what you eat, not exercising. Doctors often recommend diet and exercise to people who want to lose weight.

 

X I just started a new diet. I go to the gym every morning.

O I just started a new diet. I only eat fruit for breakfast.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Change the verbs in parentheses into the correct forms.

  1. I keep (stress-eat) _____ at work.
  2. They would like (skip) _____ dinner today.
  3. I enjoy (watch) _____ cooking shows.
  4. He offered (cook) _____ for everyone.
  5. I plan (eat light) _____ tomorrow.

STEP B EXERCISE

Make sentences using your own information and the words in the parentheses.

ex. (keep / skip) → I keep skipping breakfast.

 

  1. (need / go easy on)
  2. (dislike / eat)
  3. (decide / cut back on)

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You are planning to have a surprise birthday party for your friend Mark. You know that he just started a diet.


Listen to him talk about it. Then, talk with another friend about Mark’s diet and decide on a restaurant for the party.

Today's grammar tip

  • (verb) + (gerund)
  • (verb) + (to-infinitive)

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

EATING HABITS

2

DIETS

3

HEALTH

1

EATING HABITS

  1. Do you usually eat healthy food?
  2. Do you eat light?
  3. Do you stress-eat? If so, what do you eat when you’re stressed?
  4. Do you want to change anything about your eating habits?

2DIETS

  1. Do you think diets are a good way to lose weight?
  2. Can you enjoy food even when you’re on a diet?
  3. Imagine you are going to go on a diet. What food will you cut back on?
  4. What kind of diets are popular in Japan right now?

3HEALTH

  1. What do you do to be healthy?
  2. Do you have any unhealthy habits?
  3. Which is more important for your health, diet or exercise?
  4. Compared to other people your age, do you think you are more or less healthy?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand someone’s eating habits.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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