This is a full lesson plan to help ESL false beginners and low-level students practice ordering at a restaurant. There is a complete set of notes on how to run the lesson including a warm-up, an exercise that elicits key language and leads the class to write a sample dialogue, a focus on key language and materials for a role play including sample menus and a sample dialogue for students to follow.
This method can easily be adapted to any kind of practical role play from shopping to going to the airport to hotel English. This is how I approach all role plays and practical speaking lessons for low level ESL/EFL learners.
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