Marieke Marieke

Eating out
Elementary level


In this lesson, students practice using polite requests in the context of ordering food in a restaurant. They get practice using vocabulary around food, meals, and how often we do things. They also practice listening to a dialogue for gist and detail.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language used when ordering food and making requests

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice making polite requests
  • To provide gist, specific information and detailed listening practice in a dialogue
  • To provide fluency in talking about food and meals


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

Look at photos of food and a cafe. How often do you eat out? Use phrase "go out for lunch/dinner". Discuss which foods we like, if we like eating out, what we usually order for lunch. (Review "how often" and adverbs of frequency) SLIDES - Name these foods SLIDE - scale of liking SLIDE - Adverbs of frequency

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

Listen to the audio of the people in a cafe. Answer questions on sheet. ACTIVITY - listening to dialogue QUESTIONS - cafe dialogue

Highlighting (8-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Activity - John orders takeaway food - Place words in correct order. Then go through the whole dialogue together. Review vocabulary - polite requests SLIDES - ordering takeaway

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Go over menu for Marieke's Cafe. Ask checking questions. Drill for pronunciation. How many vegetarian sandwiches do they have? What is the most expensive cold drink? What is served with lasagne? What is the cheapest dessert? SLIDE - Menu Marieke's Cafe Activity - Menu

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Practice ordering from the menu. Take turns being the waiter and the customer. ACTIVITY - menu

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Use pictures of food. Practice making requests for the thing in the picture. Do one as an example. "Could you make me a cup of tea, please?" Partner makes a reply. "Yes, sure." "No, I'm sorry, I have to catch a bus." IMAGES

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Write a menu for your new cafe. Then you play the waiter, and find someone who will be your customer. Act out a dialogue in your own cafe.

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