Samantha Robinson Samantha Robinson

Beginner A1 level


In this lesson, students will be looking at the functional language of how to order food in a restaurant. First, they will brainstorm restaurant vocabulary. Then they will look at a restaurant menu and match the food pictures to the words. Next, they will build a dialogue and practise pronunciation then they will practise the dialogue in a semi-controlled way. Finally, they will do role plays in a restaurant as a whole class.


Abc New Moon Restaurant Menu
Abc Restaurant dialogue jumbled text

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for ordering food in the context of a menu and a restaurant dialogue.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in the context of a restaurant dialogue.


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

1. T draws a picture of a person ordering in a restaurant. 2. T asks students "Where are these people?" and "Do you like going to restaurants?" 3. T elicits restaurant vocabulary. e.g. waiter/ waitress/ order/ pay/ eat/ bill/ menu

Exposure 1 - Menu (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

1. T gives students the menu handout. 2. In pairs, students match the words to the pictures. 3. Sts give feedback and T drills pronunciation TL.

Exposure 2 - Dialogue (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation.

1. T refers to the picture of the person ordering in a restaurant and explains they will build a dialogue together as a class. 2. T gives sts strips of paper with the pieces of dialogue out of order. 3. In groups of 3, sts try to put the dialogue in order. 3. Sts give FB and the T writes the dialogue on the WB.

Highlighting and Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To draw sts' attention to and clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

1. T highlights the TL on the WB. 2. T asks CCQs. Can I have your pen, please, Birgu? Can I have your phone, please, Onur? When we want something we use "Can I have..........., please?" 3. T drills TL for stress and pronunciation.

Controlled practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide practice of controlled speaking with a disappearing dialogue.

1. T drills pronunciation and stress with WC, groups and solo. 2. T gradually removes words until the students have remembered the dialogue.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and provide practice for freer activities.

1. T sets up little restaurants - sts in groups of 3. 2. In groups of 3, sts practise the TL in role plays. 3. T gives delayed error correction.

Role play and FB (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity for freer practice of the TL.

1. Sts take turns in a role play out the front of the class. One person is the waiter, the other is ordering.

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