Sevda Sevda

Ordering food and drink
Beginner level


In this lesson, the students learn about ordering food and drink in a cafe. First, they focus on the phrases used by the assistant and the customer. Then they take turns to be the customer and order food and drink practise the target language.


Abc PowerPoint Presentation
Abc Gap-fill Handout
Abc WhoSaysWhat HO
Abc Menu
Abc Order pad

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in the context of ordering food and drink in a cafe.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about listening in the context of in a cafe.


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

The teacher gives the HOs with some vocabulary from the previous lessons scrambled. The teacher write a few examples on the WB and models the activity. T tells students to work in pairs, and gives Ss two minutes to unscramble the words in the list. Full-class feedback will be given.

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

The T gives a HO which includes all the sentences from 'assistant-customer dialogue', but they are all mixed up. Ss try to find out which sentences are said by the customer, and vice versa.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ss focus on the conversation between the assistant and the customer. The teacher uses a disappearing dialogue to provide a model for Ss to learn the phrases that the assistant and the customer says in a cafe. First, Ss see the whole conversation, and the T highlights some points. Then in the following slides, some words are missing and SS try to complete the conversation.

Productive Task(s) (10-12 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

First, the T get Ss to repeat the learned phrases by using the pronunciation part in the book, or saying them him/herself shortly. Second, Ss are given a menu template and an order pad. Ss work in groups and create a menu deciding on the prices and the restaurant name. After that, the grouping will change and Ss will get the roles of an assistant and a customer. They will do role-play and practice the target language. The T monitors the Ss and write the mistakes the Ss made on the WB.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ss will talk to their partners about which cafe is the best, and the T will ask Ss to share their answers with class. Also, the T asks Ss some questions like "What did your first customer want?", to lead them to remember the things they learned. Then the mistakes written on the WB from the role-play activity will be analysed as whole class.

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