Ordering Food and Drink - ESL EFL Activities and Role-plays
At the Coffee Shop
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this productive role-play activity, students practice ordering food and drinks in a coffee shop. After reviewing some coffee shop vocabulary, each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by putting a coffee shop dialogue into the correct order. After the answers have been checked, the students are divided into pairs. The classroom is then set up so each table acts as a coffee shop counter. The pairs of student stand facing each other on either side of the counter. The pairs then practice the coffee shop conversation, exchanging roles each time they complete the dialogue. As the students become more familiar with the script, they gradually cover their worksheet until they can memorize the complete dialogue. Then they move on to ordering food and drinks from a coffee shop menu with one student being the barista and the other being the customer. When everyone has finished, pairs of students perform their dialogue in front of the class.
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At the Restaurant
ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +
This productive lesson teaches students how to order food and drink in a restaurant. To begin the lesson, students work in small groups to create their own restaurant menu. Each group is then given a flow chart of prompts that represents a dialogue about ordering food and drink in a restaurant. The students read the prompts and write a dialogue between a waiter and two customers. Each group incorporates the food items from their menu into the conversation. Finally, the students act out their restaurant dialogues in front of the class.
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this fun speaking activity, students take on the role of picky eaters and order food and drink in a restaurant according to their food and drink preferences. The class is divided into groups of five. Four students are given a role card and one student is given a menu. The student with the menu plays the role of a waiter/waitress. The other students take on the role of the person on their card. Each character is a picky eater and the card shows the food and drink they like and dislike. After reviewing some restaurant language, the students role-play their restaurant conversation and order food and drinks according to the preferences on their role card. The students repeat the role-play several times, swapping role cards and taking it in turns to be the waiter/waitress. When everyone has finished, the students role-play their conversations in front of the class.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this engaging speaking activity, students role-play dining out at a restaurant. The class is divided into small groups and each group is given 20 situation cards. The cards cover situations for eating out in a restaurant and ordering food and drink. The first player picks up card number one and reads out the instructions. The two players on the right of the first player then role-play the situation. The situations cover interactions between the waiter and host, host and guest, etc. There is also a menu to help the students with each role-play.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This authentic role-play activity is set around ordering food from a sandwich shop for a friend at lunchtime. The class is split into groups of three and each student takes on the role of the person ordering the food, the friend or the sandwich shop worker. When the role-play has been completed, the group members swap roles to give them more practice at taking orders and ordering food from different points of view.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is a beneficial role-play activity that gives students practice at ordering food and drink in a restaurant. The class is split into groups of three. One student is the waiter and the other two students are the customers. The customers come into the classroom and ask their waiter for a table and a menu. The waiter follows instructions on a role card, takes the orders, and brings the meals. When the customers have finished, they ask their waiter for the bill. The waiter adds up the bill. At the same time, the customers work out what they think the bill should be in case there are any mistakes. At the end of the role-play, the customers give marks out of ten for the waiter.
What's for Lunch?
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
This rewarding activity helps to teach students language for ordering food and drink in a restaurant. Students are given a mixed-up restaurant conversation. The conversation is based on ordering food and drink in a restaurant. The students begin by matching each question with an appropriate response. Next, they put the questions and responses into the correct order to create a restaurant dialogue. The students then practice and role-play the conversation with a partner.
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Who said it?
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This comprehensive worksheet helps you to teach your students various dining expressions and questions that people use when at a restaurant. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students read a set of restaurant expressions and questions on their worksheet and decide who said each one, the waiter, the host or the guest. Then, they match each expression and question with an appropriate response.
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