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Eating out - TP 7
Beginners level


In this lesson, students learn about how to make requests in a restaurant being customers and also how to take orders as servers. They will be taught new vocabulary within this context as well.


Abc Face2Face Elementary Student's Book
Abc Pictures of items related to the context

Main Aims

  • to familiarize students with basic vocabulary items, e.g. starters, main course, dessert, etc., for ordering food in a restaurant; the use of modal verbs, i.e., can and would like, to make requests and/or offers; and fillers, e.g., certainly, you’re welcome, the same to you, etc., through dialogue reading, listening and pair work.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to provide students with an opportunity to improve their listening skills by using both video and audio files that they have to extract information from.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Show video of a waiter and a customer modeling typical sentences used in a restaurant. - Have students find sentences that the waiter and the customer say that represent "requests" and "offers" - Put them on the board

Expanding vocabulary and form (5-10 minutes) • Provide students with necessary vocabulary and lexis

- Have students find more alternatives for expressing what was modeled in the video - Put it on the board in two categories " offers" and "requests" - Show pictures of entree and of dessert as well as waiter. Elicit the words this way and put them on the board. - teach female/ male version of servers "waiter/ waitress" and try to elicit "tip" - "what do we give a server when he or she did a really good job?" "We give them extra money ... what do we call this?"

Appropriacy and Form (3-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

- Explain and highlight on the board that while some forms are less formal , others are very polite Put "would you like to order now?" with polite intonation and stress on the board. - Then have students listen to 4.12 . - DRILL after listening

Listening Task #2 (3-5 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice recognition of appropriacy

- Have the class listen to recording 4.13 and make them do exercise 9 a on page : Decide which is polite a) or b) ? Answer key : a, b, b, a , b , a

Listening Task # 3 (3-5 minutes) • To provide opportunity to practice pronounciation of polite key sentences

- Listen to the polite versions of the sentences from the previous recording - Drill those sentences.

Productive Task - Dialogue (5-10 minutes) • Have students practice and use newly learned vocabulary, pronounciation and form

- Pass out handout: Conversation between waiter and customer - Divide the class into Customers and waiters. - Handout contains an exercise where information is missing for either the waiter or the customer. Have students role play and fill in the gaps as they complete the conversation orally. - Check the answers with their partners ( as they will have the answers)

Free dialogue ( IF TIME ) (5-10 minutes) • Have students practice the language and form in a free exercise

- Give students a fictional "menu" - Whoever was server in the last exercise will now be customer - Have them create a dialogue

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