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small groups icon (285 bytes) or class icon (254 bytes) 10.1 Practice of language needed for eating out pages 88-91
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Practice of the language needed for eating out – ordering a meal, asking about specific items on the menu, paying compliments.

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Enough copies of the menu for each of your class.

1 First of all teach any new vocabulary from the menu. You might ask people if they like the items you discuss.

2 Give each of your learners a copy of the menu and ask them to imagine they are in a restaurant. It helps if the room is laid out to look like a restaurant.

3 Their objective is simply to order a complete meal from the menu and something to drink and to ask about any of the dishes listed. They should be encouraged to use social formulae such as s’il vous plaît, merci, bon appétit, à votre santé, etc. and ‘help’ phrases such as vous pouvez répéter, s.v.p., je ne comprends pas, etc.

This activity can be carried out in various ways, depending on the size and composition of the group:

Everyone sits round a large table and you take the role of waiter / waitress with. You are the one who takes orders, confirms orders and answers queries.

In groups of four or five, learners sit round several small tables. You take the role of waiter / waitress and take orders, etc. as above. While you interact with one group, the others discuss likes and dislikes and / or invent identities for themselves and exchange information as on a social occasion.

Both the above could be recorded on cassette as evidence of competence for several learners as the situation is much more authentic that a tutor-learner one-to-one interview.

One learner in each small group takes the role of waiter. The disadvantage of this is that the waiter needs to be very proficient for the activity to work well and the activity needs to be repeated for everybody to have the opportunity of ordering, etc.



Practice of aimer in open-ended conversations to find out about people’s likes and dislikes.


Blank grid with 7 columns and 6 rows. More or fewer rows will extend or shorten the activity as required. (Learners can prepare the grids themselves).

1 Tell everyone to write Nom as the heading of column 1 of their grid and then to select any six foods or drinks and enter them as headings of columns 2 to 7 – without showing them to the others.

2 Learners circulate asking five other people whether they like or dislike the items chosen and to enter a tick or a cross in the grid according to the responses. Names are entered in the first column.

3 To add variety, you could introduce un peu, beaucoup, pas . . . beaucoup, pas du tout. Answers are then recorded as multiple ticks and crosses.




Practice / revision of food related vocabulary.



1 Learners sit in a circle and one person starts by saying Je prends and an item of his/her choice from the menu, e.g. Je prends la soupe à  l’oignon. Working clockwise, the next person repeats this and adds an item Je prends la soupe à   l’oignon et des moules. This continues round the group with everyone adding an item.

2 The person who ends with the very long sentence starts the next round.


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