Food in prison

This teachers’ pack teaches the English language needed for understanding menus, becoming familiar with the kind of food available in prisons; for talking about managing money and for buying and ordering essential items while in prison.    

Level: Entry level 1-3 / Scottish Access 2 – National 4 / CEFR A1 - B1

Overview

This teachers’ pack teaches the English language needed for understanding menus, becoming familiar with the kind of food available in prisons; for talking about managing money and for buying and ordering essential items while in prison.  

Unit 1 - Food and menus

The food language items in this lesson are based on a sample menu from a prison in south-east England.  It focuses largely on food items common in Britain that may be unfamiliar to those who have not lived long in the UK or who predominantly eat food from their own home country.

Unit 2 - Rules and requests

This unit is designed to help learners identify the language of rules based around the topic of food and eating. The unit provides activities which assist learners in understanding and following basic instructions which they may come across when they first arrive in prison. The unit also covers the topic of asking for help, which some prisoners may find difficult. The procedures in prisons for ordering and buying items are often complicated and this unit provides an opportunity for ESOL learners to address concerns in a learning context. The texts are adapted from a prison induction leaflet and menu.

Unit 3 - Eating in prison

This unit focuses on learners describing and talking about food in prison. The grammar focus is on adjectives and the use of quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns. Learners will practise creating headlines about prison food using adjectives for dramatic effect. They will then create their own headlines using given adjectives. It is intended mainly for learners at Entry 2 – 3. Provision is made for extension activities for quicker learners and many tasks are differentiated for mixed ability groups.

Structure, learning hours and delivery context​

  • The resources developed for each unit may be used independently or together with the self-access Eating in Prison workbooks.
  • It takes a whole language approach but focuses on making key language related to healthcare understandable in a prison context.
  • Timings are flexible since learners can work through at their own pace, teachers can adapt the resource to suit their learners as required and can break down the units into smaller chunks of learning and build in revision as required. 
  • The resource is suitable for male and female offenders learning ESOL in prisons.

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Hi,
I wanted to use this resource in my class but due to prison restrictions I can't download it there. Is there a CD or a DVD with the tracks for Offender Leaning lessons that can be ordered?