TP 6 LP_Ewa Smetek
To provide product writing practice of an online restaurant review
To provide fluency speaking practice when reviewing restaurants
Procedure (28-45 minutes)
To engage students with the topic of restaurant reviews I will start a short brainstorming activity by nominating students and asking the following questions: 1. Do you like to visit restaurants? 2. What do you like to know before visiting a new restaurant? Even though this is an open question, I hope to hear words like: location, atmosphere, service, food, value for money and review.
In this stage students will individually read a restaurant review quickly and will answer these questions on Google Forms (multiple choice task): (Instructions: Read the text quickly. Choose the correct answers. You have 3 mins. When done, click on send.) 1. Would Lee recommend the restaurant ´Thai Kitchen’? 2. The text is... 3. What kind of text is it? Where could you find it? Answer Key: 1. yes 2. partly positive and partly negative 3. it's a restaurant review on TripAdvisor
Students will discover the layout of an online restaurant review by answering: (Instruction: Read the text again. Choose the correct answers. You have 3 mins.) 1. What does Lee express in his introduction? 2. Which points does Lee describe? 3. What is Lee's conclusion? Answer key: 1. When he discovered the restaurant and that he's visiting it from time to time 2. value for money, food, service, atmospere 3. This restaurant is a good option if you don't have much time and don't mind to share a table with strangers. During the feedback I will elicit the layout from students: (Questions: What do we write first? What follows? Can you see paragraphs?) Introduction, description of experience: pros and cons, conclusion. No visible paragraphs.
The students will discover meaning by matching sentences used in a restaurant review to categories: (Instructions: We will analyse the language now. In the first and second task you choose the answers. In the other tasks, you have to write the answers. You have 3 mins.) - There´s a wide range of dishes. / food - It’s quiet and relaxed. / atmosphere - The prices are pretty reasonable./ value for money - It’s a long way from the city centre. / location - The staff are sometimes rude. / service They will also formulate the opposite meaning of two sentences: 1. There´s a wide range of dishes. 2. The prices are pretty reasonable. Examples of answers: 1. There is not much choice of food/dishes. / There are only a few options on the menu. 2. The restaurant is overpriced. / The prices are above avarage. To discover form students will answer: What kind of language do we use for a restarurant review? They can choose from the following answers: formal language descriptive language: prons and cons (x) informal language neutral language. (x)
Now, students will fill in the gaps of some sentences. (Instructions: Student x, please read the example. Choose the missing words. You have 3 mins.) EXAMPLE: The ________ is great, it’s right in the middle of town. / ANSWER: location. 1. The ________ is very cool and modern. 2. The (a)________ is tasty but it isn’t (b)________ because the portions are tiny. 3. We weren’t happy with the service, because we couldn’t get ________ for ages. 4. So, ________ , it was a disaster. (conclusion) Answer key: 1. atmosphere 2. (a) food / (b) good value 3. the waiter's attention 4. all in all
In this stage students will write their own reviews on padlet. They will think of a restaurant they visited recently and try to cover 3 to 4 of those categories: location, atmosphere, food, service and value for money. While students will be writing I will be making notes on good language usage and sentences to be corrected or reformulated. (Instructions: Now you will write a short restaurant review. Try to describe 3 to 4 categories. You have 10 mins.)
To finish up the lesson each student will choose one of their peers reviews and rate it. After the peer check, I will conduct open class feedback to point out sentences with good language usage and some sentences that need correction. If I have enough time, I will also elicit some reformulations from the students. (Instructions: Choose 1 restaurant review and read it. Student X, which review do you want to read? You have 3 mins.)