Food discussion and restaurant simulation – Official Languages Programs


    Food discussion and restaurant simulation


    Food discussion and restaurant simulation
    Target Language:
    Grade Level:
    Elementary, Secondary
    Long (30 minutes +)
    Date Submitted:
    May 13, 2020
    Mahaliah Peddle

    • To practice food vocabulary
    • To become familiar with an English menu
    • To practice ordering food at a restaurant

    Preparation and materials required:

    • Paper dice with questions about food written on each side. You can print cube templates online and then glue the paper to construction paper or cardstock to make it more durable. I used questions like “What do you usually order at a restaurant?” “Name your three favourite foods” etc.
    • English menus- one copy for each student. I made the menus myself on Canva, but you could print menus from real restaurants. I tried to make my menu easy enough that the students would be familiar with most words, but with some new words to encourage them to ask questions
    • Papers with expected language for a restaurant interaction: “Hi there, can I start you off with some drinks?” “I would like a cheeseburger with a side of fries and a 7-up” “Are you paying with cash or card?” etc. Just think of the typical language used during an English restaurant interaction.
    • Notepad/paper and pen or small whiteboard and dry-erase marker


    1. Get students to brainstorm as many foods as they can think of. Write their ideas in a web on a whiteboard or a piece of paper.
    2. Take turns rolling the question cube and having each student answer the question they roll.
    3. Give a menu to each student and take turns reading a section of the menu out loud. One student will read appetizers, one will read drinks, etc. Get them to ask questions about menu items they are unfamiliar with.
    4. Pretend to go to a restaurant and order. It’s easiest if you are the server and your group of students are the customers, but you can switch this up. Put the paper with the expected language on the table in case they need help. Go through a restaurant experience, starting with a welcome, then asking them what they’d like to drink, appetizers, main course, dessert, if everything is okay, if they need anything, if they need the bill, how they will pay, thank them, etc.
    5. If you have time, let a student be the server and go through the interaction again, encouraging “customer” students to order new food and drinks this time.

    Practice suggestions:

    • You can use this as a way to introduce students to typical foods in your home province.