Neda Neda

Functional language
A1 level


In this lesson the Ss will learn how to give and take orders in restaurants, cafes, etc.


Abc hand out
Abc Listening Track

Main Aims

  • To provide the Ss with the necessary functional language in the context of giving and taking orders in a restaurant and a cafe

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of restaurant and cafe


Warm Up and Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To engage the Ss with the topic of the lesson and put them in touch with the coffee-shop and restaurant language

The teacher enters the class with the attire of a waitress, asking the Ss whether they would like to order tea or coffee, acting as if the class is a coffee-shop and the Ss are customers. This gives the teacher the opportunity to introduce the topic as well as the language which will be taught during the lesson. After the Ss are served their orders, a picture goes on the board the Ss are asked this gist question:"Where are the people in the picture?"

Listening (5-7 minutes) • to provide the Ss with more language input and set an example of a natural conversation they will later be required to produce

The students will first listen to the listening trying to answer the question "Are these people in a restaurant or a are they in a cafe?" as the gist question of the listening. Then they are given slips of paper in order to answer the detailed question after listening to the audio for the second time. The detailed question is "What do they order?" and the Ss are supposed to make a list of some of the ordered items they can recognize from the listening. The Ss are then paired to check their answers and after that the whole class will check the answers together.

Modeling and Drilling (12-15 minutes) • to model conversations and drill them until the Ss are comfortable producing them on their own

A number of conversations are prepared on slides. When each slide goes up, the teacher will firstly model the conversation acting as both characters. Then a teacher-student conversation will happen. Afterwards, the teacher will do the conversation with a group of the students (a random number of students will be chosen by the teacher at the time of this part), and after that the teacher will be waitress and the whole class will be the customer, hence modeling the conversation with the whole class. The class then is divided into two groups (the same number as the conversations) and each group will perform both conversations between them, but in pairs. The pairs will change every time a group finishes up a conversation. At the very end of this activity, the teacher will mention how it is not correct to use some structures to order in a restaurant or cafe, such as "I want a coffee." or how it is not right to reply with a cold YES or NO when ordering.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • to provide a practice for the conversation model before the Ss are required to produce the language function on their own

Papers containing a sequencing practice are distributed among the Ss and they are asked to sort the disordered sentences that all belong to a conversation they are familiar with. The Ss are then asked to order the sentences and form a complete conversation from start to end. Pair of students will check their answers together, before the whole class' answers are proof checked.

Mingling (6-8 minutes) • to provide a real-life situation for the Ss to put the language function taught into practical use

The Ss find their partners and practice the conversation independently.T will monitor the pairs but without interfering or stopping them.i

Fill-In (3-5 minutes) • to correct error and mistakes

all those mistakes which were made by Ss will be written and corrected on the board.

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