Fried Rice Fun

This was a great lesson that I did with my class and I wanted to share it with my readers. One of the greatest challenges of an ESL teacher is to engage the students attention and keep learning fun. I find that students learn more through hands on activities.

Cooking is a great way to introduce English to non native speakers. It teaches procedural words, students follow direction, listening skill and cooperative learning. It also reinforces their language skills.




Before you engage in a cooking class you must have great class rapport and clear and firm guidelines. It is best that there are two adults in the classroom. We did not use a sharp knife. Also make sure that the students are above 9 if using a knife . I talked about safety rules prior with my students.



This class is an extremely cooperative and mild mannered, so cooking with them was a breeze. I also assigned the students to bring in the ingredients. It will make them feel as if they are actively contributing to the lesson and it makes less of a dent in your pocket book.


We made fried rice and I created a recipe using all the vocabulary words in the book. The students got to cut the carrots. Fry the mushrooms. Add the rice. They were even saying sentences in English to explain their actions. I love having teachable moments like that. The kids enjoyed eating and making the rice too.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. travelinjames
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 01:50:59

    Wow! Looks like a blast! Hope it tasted just as good!


    • aquariusamber
      Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:02:13

      The taste was interesting but the kids were so excited and engaged in the lesson.


      • travelinjames
        Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:13:16

        Yea, I’ve been studying teaching ESL, and I’ve read that hands-on, and interactive games really go a long way when it comes to the kids. I hadn’t seen anyone cooking though, thats an amazing idea!

      • aquariusamber
        Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:42:30

        You just need to really know your class before doing a cooking lesson. I had one class when we learning about ordinal number use the numbers as steps to making a peanut butter sandwich. I hide the directions around the school and the kids were divided into teams. They had to seek out the missing part of the recipe on how to make a PB&J sandwich.

      • travelinjames
        Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:55:27

        You should post a blog about that one in more detail!!!

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