1 Give each group two envelopes, each containing a conversation cut into strips. Ask them to organise the strips into two conversations. Imposing a time limit or making it into a competition can often add to the activity.
2 Once the conversations are complete, learners rehearse them, one per pair, and then perform them
1 Introduce any additional vocabulary necessary, e.g. glace, chocolat chaud.
2 Divide learners into groups of five. One has a blank grid and takes the role of waiter, starting the conversation with a greeting and Vous désirez? The others each have four picture cards distributed randomly and order the drinks on the cards without showing them. The 'waiter' writes their names in the 'Nom' column and ticks the appropriate boxes on the grid as they order.
3 This can be done several times with a different waiter and re-shuffled cards while you monitor the conversations, encouraging accuracy and correct pronunciation.
4 When the activity is over, each group checks that comprehension has taken place by revealing all their cards and the grid and using them to reinforce the vocabulary.
These cards are also useful for vocabulary revision. Working in groups, learners have a pack of cards face down on the table and take it in turns to pick a card and say what's on it.
Alternatively they can be used later to practise prices or likes / dislikes.
1 Practise the higher numbers before the start of the activity by asking learners to write down in figures six numbers between 70 and 99. Working in pairs, A reads out his/her numbers while B writes them down (in figures) then roles are reversed. Finally they compare lists which should be identical.
2 Prepare for the activity by explaining how telephone numbers are given two digits at a time in France and giving examples. Highlight the question Votre numéro de téléphone, s'il vous plaît?
3 Ask learners to compile a list of everyone's telephone numbers - these can be invented numbers in typical French order or learners' own numbers rearranged into pairs of digits. Encourage them to repeat the question each time, prefaced by Excusez-moi and a name, and to say Merci when they have the number. If necessary, the number can be repeated for confirmation.
4 Check the numbers are correct by asking each learner for his/her number and writing it on the board.