Reading Skills: A Valentine's Day restaurant directory
To provide gist and scan reading tasks in the context of a restaurant directory.
To provide fluency practice in the context of Valentine's day and romantic dates.
Procedure (47-61 minutes)
Set the scene as Valentine's day. Ask the students to discuss with their partner what you would do on a date with someone you really liked. Where would you take them? What would you do on the date? Who would you take?
Check the meaning of the words "seafood" and "romantic" as these are related to the tasks. Also check restaurant, "set menu".Try to elicit the meanings from the class.
Give the students task one's questions and ask them to read the passage and decide. Who is the text written for and who would read this text. Have them discuss the answers with their partners and then give feedback to the class.
Give the students a few minutes to read through the questions for task 2 and then have them read the text again. Ask them to compare their answers with their partners. Go through the answers as a class, filling in any information they are missing.
Give the students character names (perhaps well known celebrities) and have them invite their partner on a date (model an example for them), giving details of a restaurant from the text to 'sell' their date. Have their partner either accept or deny this offer and give their reasons.