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unit overview

The traditional “food” unit is just too big! We’ve zoomed in to focus on talking about popular street foods. Learners will be able to order, give opinions, give simple recommendations, and ask and answer basic questions about street foods.

Proficiency Range:

    ⊕ Novice Mid – Intermediate Low

Length: approximately 10 days

AP Connections:

    ⊕ Contemporary Life

Talking about these topics:

⊕ popular street foods in the target cultures (currywurst, doner, etc.)

⊕ main ingredients

⊕ street carts, food trucks & cafes

⊕ recipes, reviews & chefs

       ⊕ Edeka supermarket

       ⊕ Heisser Hobel food truck

       ⊕ Heisser Hobel

       ⊕ Food Trucks entern den Spielbudenplatz

Using these language skills:

⊕ understanding descriptions, menus & reviews

⊕ describing street foods & places

⊕ giving opinions about foods & places

⊕ ordering & asking simple questions






Interpersonal Speaking

Interpersonal Speaking

Presentational Writing





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What are popular street foods around the world?
Menu to talk about what a Döner contains as well as its variations

“Ich bin ein Döner” by Tim Toupet:

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Sort it out” activity

After learning about them, play the  game where they categorize (savory/sweet OR main dish/side/drink/dessert) or they listen to description and swat the picture or word.

I can describe a food/drink. – Ich kann ein Essen / Getränk beschreiben.

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I can give my opinion about some foods and drinks. – “Ich kann meine Meinung über einige Speisen und Getränke äußern.”

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Find a listicle (best street foods in…) and do the Star Rating activity.

I can give my opinion about a place to eat. – Ich kann meine Meinung äußern, wo man essen kann.

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I can describe why I like/don’t like a restaurant. – Ich kann sagen, warum ich ein Restaurant mag oder nicht mag.

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I can order a meal/drink. –Ich kann etwas zum Essen oder Trinken bestellen.

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I can ask & answer simple questions about street food. – Ich kann einfache Fragen über Straßenessen stellen und beantworten.

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Ask, ask, switch or Seek and Sign

I can calculate how much it costs to make a meal at home. – “Ich kann berechnen, wie viel es kostet, zu Hause zu essen”

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Supermärkte im Internet: Edeka supermarket

I can help a friend with a food truck.

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Pecha Kucha to recommend the truck: Look at teacher instructions on this lesson:

Assessment Day

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There are 4 different assessment options for this unit. Pick and choose which ones you like for your class!

Play the “30 seconds” game the day before as a review:

Giving credit where credit is due…

Thanks to Antonia Boyle for editing.      Thanks to Inken for translations and edits.

Share your resources and ideas with the community below!


  1. Megan Smith

    This unit is growing! Let me know if you catch an error, or if you have any resources to add to a particular lesson!

    • Christie Staszcuk

      Have you incorporated Herbert Grönemeyer’s song Currywurst?

      • Christie Staszcuk

        I was very excited to see this started. I’m wondering where we are with this unit. I’m happy to jump in and help, but would hate to recreate something that someone else is already working on.

        • Kara Parker

          Christie – I’ll get the unit downloads on here this week. You see any typos to fix before I finalize?

          • Inga Templeton

            Hallo Kara,
            This is an amazing unit! Thanks for sharing it. I just noticed a few mistakes on the review cards. The words Apfelstrudel, Selter and Deutsch are missspelled.

          • Kara Parker

            My apologies for taking so long. Errors are fixed!

          • Kara Parker

            Thanks Inga! I’ll get those fixed the next week.

  2. Kim Henson

    Antonia, have you taught this unit yet?

  3. Kim Henson

    I used this video about Döner as a listening activity after we had reviewed old food vocabulary and added some new. It’s critical that you stop it before 6:05. You wouldn’t want to explain the rest to a parent or administrator!

    • Kara Parker

      Ha! This was a good laugh! I’ve done the same. 🙂


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