Most students are familiar with recipes, at least in their first language. Recipes typically contain specific lexis, e.g. verbs like sprinkle, stir; linkers like first of all, then, next, finally and nouns and quantifiers such as a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of sugar, etc.
This idea might link in with a topic you are doing, e.g. food, quantifiers, jobs, noun suffixes, personal attributes, etc or it could be a stand-alone activity. The objective is for students to concoct a lovely but ‘metaphorical’ recipe in twos or threes and to let their imagination run free. Students will probably benefit from a model recipe, so start by introducing your own. Get students to quickly think of four qualities of a good teacher (or a subject of your own choice), e.g. patience, a nice smile, enthusiasm, colourful clothes(!), knowledge of subject, etc. Then show them this recipe, adjusting it to the level of your students:
3 teaspoons of patience
1-3 tablespoons of humour
100g of knowledge
½ litre of kindness
4 fresh eggs
30 g of butter
5 coloured board pens
Salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the first six ingredients on the list in a large mixing bowl. Stir for at least 2 minutes, until the mixture is white and creamy. Add the pens and whiteboard and finally, season with salt and pepper. Pour it all into a large dish and place in the oven at gas mark 5 (190C). Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with students.
Let students read it and enjoy it. Highlight the ‘real’ versus ‘imagined’ ingredients and also the ‘recipe language’. Then students create their own. Choose or adapt one of the following recipes: How to make a great party/ the perfect class/the perfect student, etc.