Restaurant Role Plays with Sis é ´In a Restaurant´
Aim of the Activity The aim of this English activity is to: <ul><li>Help children to understand how the target language is used in everyday </li></ul><ul><li>situations, for example, in a restaurant or a shop in the target language country; </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce pupils´ understanding of the conditional tense; </li></ul><ul><li>Use real-life resources, e.g. food and drinks, in order to make the role play activity seem less staged; </li></ul><ul><li>Teach children how to ask for things and make requests in a polite manner, using the conditional tense; </li></ul><ul><li>To make children aware of the cuisine of other countries and cultures and allow them to taste them. </li></ul>
Structure of the role play situation The children work in groups of three of four. Each child is assigned a role, for example, there will be one waiter or waitress and the remaining pupils will be the customers who come to the restaurant. Over a period of time, the children have studied the role play dialogues in order to understand how language and registers are used in different social situations. The children are also aware of the types of body language which should be used in the situation and how to make people feel welcome.
Resources For the role play situation, we have used: <ul><li>Printed dialogues; </li></ul><ul><li>Tables and chairs; </li></ul><ul><li>Plates, cutlery and glasses; </li></ul><ul><li>Real food and drinks. </li></ul><ul><li>Various props, including menus and false money </li></ul>
Main Courses Baked potato filled with tuna and cheese £7.50 Steak and kidney pie £8.95 Irish stew £9.50 Shepherd´s pie £8.50 Drinks Mineral water (still or sparkling) £2.25 Coca Cola £2.50 Orange juice/apple juice/pineapple juice £2.25 Tea £2.50 Coffee £2.50 Milk £1.50 A copy of the menu…
Dialogue Waiter: Good evening. Customers 1 & 2: Good evening. Waiter: How can I help you? Customer 1: Can we have a table for two, please? Waiter: Yes, of course. Where would you like to sit? Here ( point to table ) or over there by the window? Customer 2: Here would be lovely. Thank you. ( Customers remove coats and sit down ) Waiter: You´re welcome. I´ll bring you some menus. Customers 1&2: That´s great, thanks. Waiter: Here you are (give menus to the customers ). Would you like a drink? Customer 1: Yes please. Can I have a glass of fizzy water? Waiter: Sure. And for you? ( look at customer 2 ) Customer 2: I´ll have the same, thanks. Waiter: Here you go. ( Serve drinks ) Are you ready to order now? Customer 1: Yes, I think we are. I would like to have _________________. Waiter: Good choice. And for you sir/madam? Customer 2: I think I´ll try _________________. Thank you. Waiter: You´re welcome.
15 minutes later... Waiter: Here you are ( serve plates to customers ). I hope you enjoy your meal. Customers 1 & 2: Thank you very much. 30 minutes later... Waiter: Have you finished? Customer 1: Yes we have. Customer 2: The meal was delicious! Waiter: Would you like some coffee or dessert? ( Remove plates from table ) Customer 1: No thank you. Customer 2: Can we just have the bill? Waiter: Of course. Here you are. Customer 1: Here you go (give money to waiter). Customers 1&2: Thanks very much. Good night. Waiter: Goodbye!
Dawn the Language Assistant helps the children, in groups of three or four, with intonation and pronunciation.
Each group of pupils created a unique name for their restaurant and made colourful posters.
The Language Assistant with two pupils who played the role of the waitress.
A picture of the decorated table where the food and drinks were laid out.
Recipes for the Dishes Shepherd´s Pie Ingredients : Potatoes Oniones Carrots Peas Minced lamb Cheese Method : First chop potatoes and boil in a pot until they are soft. Add butter to the potatoes. In a pan with olive oil, fry onions, carrots and meat. Add peas and 100ml of water. Cook for 25minutes. Put the mixture into a large dish. Put the mashed potato on top and then add grated cheese to the top and put in the oven until it is crispy. Serve.
Baked Potato filled with Tuna and Cheese Ingredients : Large potatoes Onion Tuna Mayonnaise Cheese Butter Method : Wash potatoes in cold water. Drizzle with olive oil and rub with salt. Place the potatoes in the oven for 1 hour or until they are soft throughout. For the tuna mixture, place tuna in a bowl. Chop an onion into small pieces and mix together. Add mayonnaise. Cut open the potatoes and add butter and mix it into the potato. Add the tuna mixture and cover with cheese. Serve.