Restaurant Dialogue Lesson Plan

For English Learners

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Ordering food in a restaurant is one of the most basic tasks for English learners (eating is essential and so is talking about eating!), but it can also be one of the most daunting. This simple lesson is aimed at beginners who are practicing ordering for the very first time.

Aim: Learn how to order food in a restaurant using basic vocabulary

Activity: Simple dialogues and more a more challenging listening comprehension for passive understanding skills

Level: Beginner


  • Ask students to name different types of food they can find in a restaurant. Write the vocabulary on the board and make sure students also take notes.
  • Give students the dialogue and menu, and ask them to read through it carefully. Point out the use of "would like" for asking for and making requests. You may also want to make sure they notice the use of "here you are" instead of "please" when handing someone something (a rather common mistake beginners make).
  • Pair students up and ask them to use the menu (or a more interesting menu you may have on-hand) to role play through ordering a meal. Both students should switch roles a number of times.
  • If you have access to a computer in the classroom, improve passive understanding by doing listening comprehension exercise, like the one found in this practice script
  • Ask students which other types of formulas were used in the listening comprehension.

    Ordering Food in a Restaurant

    Read this dialogue

    Waiter: Hello, Can I help you?
    Kim: Yes, I'd like to have some lunch.
    Waiter: Would you like a starter?
    Kim: Yes, I'd like a bowl of chicken soup, please.
    Waiter: And what would you like for your main course?
    Kim: I'd like a grilled cheese sandwich.
    Waiter: Would you like anything to drink?

    Kim: Yes, I'd like a glass of Coke, please.
    Waiter... After Kim has her lunch.: Can I bring you anything else?
    Kim: No thank you. Just the bill.
    Waiter: Certainly.
    Kim: I don't have my glasses. How much is the lunch?
    Waiter: That's $6.75.
    Kim: Here you are. Thank you very much.
    Waiter: You're welcome. Have a good day.
    Kim: Thank you, the same to you.

    Use this menu to practice ordering food in a restaurant:

    Joe's Restaurant

    Chicken Soup$2.50
    Sandwiches - Main Course 
    Ham and cheese$3.50
    Grilled Cheese$2.50
    Piece of Pizza$2.50
    Hamburger deluxe$5.00
    Soft Drinks - Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, etc.$1.75