Teaching would like and would not like
Elementary, A1 level


In this lesson, students learn the usage of would like/would not like in the context of ordering food at a cafe/restaurant. The lesson's shape is PPP (present, practice, produce).


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Main Aims

  • Grammar: To provide clarification of would like and would not like in the context of ordering food at a cafe/restaurant

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking: To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation between a customer and a waiter/waitress in the context of a cafe/restaurant


Warmer/Lead-in (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Introduce yourself - Show a picture of a cafe/restaurant and elicit the lesson's topic from the students. - Ask the students to name their favorite cafe/restaurant (This will make the topic more personal and relevant).

Exposure (7-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- Let's say we want to go to your favorite cafe/restaurant. - What are some of the items that you see in that place? (e.g. menu, tables, chairs) - What's the name of the person that comes over to help you? (e.g. a waiter/waitress) - What does he/she say? (e.g. how can I help you?, how are you today?, what would you like to order?). - Elicit/Teach some useful vocabulary for the next stages. - Present the dialogue between a customer and a waiter.

Highlighting (1-2 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

- Ask the students: Is there a word or phrase that is repeated in the dialogue a lot? - Highlight the would like phrase.

Clarification (8-9 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- Explain to the students that the phrase is used for polite requests. (e.g. make me a cup of coffee, could you please make me a cup of coffee? or I'd like a cup of coffee please.) - Breakdown the form (i.e. if a verb is following the phrase, it always has to be in the infinitive form. Otherwise if it is just a noun/noun phrase you can place it after the phrase). - Point out the contraction form (i.e. I'd like and I'd not like/I wouldn't like (no double contraction in written or standard English)). - Ask the students to read the dialogue out loud. Correct their form by drilling.

Controlled Practice (7-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- Instruct the students to do the exercise 1. ICQ. - Monitor their activity. Correct their mistakes concerning the target language, on the spot.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-9 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

- Instruct the students to do the exercise 2. - Ask the students to shout out the answers in turn to check wether they have any major problem with the form. - Instruct them to do the exercise 3. - Hand out the answer sheets.

Free Practice (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Set up the role-play activity. - Monitor until the end of the session. Correct mistakes on the spot.

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