Soroush Soroush

Functional language - Requests and Offers
Elementary (A1 - A2) level


Abc Projector
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Gap-fill handouts
Abc Slideshow
Abc Picture
Abc Picture
Abc small folded pieces of paper

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of language used for making requests and offers in the context of ordering a meal in the restaurant

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of ordering a meal in the restaurant


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The Ss see a picture of a couple ordering food in a restaurant. Then the teacher points at the waiter and the customers to elicit 'waiter' and 'customer'. After that, everyone gets involved and describes what they can see. Then the T asks what each one does in a restaurant to elicit/pre-teach some words such as 'offer' , and 'request'.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The Ss complete a conversation about ordering a the meal of the couple in the picture with four questions. The T demos to make sure everyone has understood ICQs are used to clarify the task: Are you doing alone or in a group? Should you write the questions in the gaps or put numbers? This is done in group. Then they listen and check their answers.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

In order to do this, the T explains the form and concept of the language and the intonation using a slideshow.

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The Ss watch a slide show to learn the form and phonology of the structures 'Would you like...', ' I'd like...', and 'Can I have,....". Phonology is introduced and drilled.

Controlled Practice (4-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students complete some gap-fill sentences and questions in pairs. Then they check their answers, which can be found on the other side of the piece of paper.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Each Ss pick a piece of paper in a cup on which it 's written either waiter, Paul, or Clare. Then they form groups of three to practice and role-play the conversation in 6a. They do it three times and change roles. The T demonstrates by choosing two of the best students to demo with for clarification.

Free Practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Then the Ss are given a real restaurant menu. This time two people are customers in each group and one person is the waiter. They choose their favorite food and request it while the waiter makes offers. The T demonstrates for clarification.

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