1 First of all teach any new vocabulary on the menu to be used.
2 Give each of your learners a 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 scusi, per favore, grazie, prego, buon appetito, cin cin, etc. and 'help' phrases such as puņ ripetere, non capisco, etc.
This activity can be carried out in various ways, depending on the size and composition of the group:
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.
1 Tell everyone to write Nome as the heading of column 1 of their grid and then to select 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 po', molto, moltissimo,
*More or fewer will extend or shorten the activity as required..
This activity is similar to the one suggested for shopping but with learners in groups of five or six rather than one large group.
1 Learners sit in a circle and one person starts by saying Prendo and an item of his/her choice from the menu, e.g. Prendo gli spaghetti alla carbonara. Working clockwise, the next person repeats this and adds an item Prendo gli spaghetti alla carbonara e una bistecca. 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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