Spanish Level 2, Activity 08: El Restaurante / The Restaurant (Online)

Activity Instructions

Activity Title (in your target language)

El Restaurante / The Restaurant

Description:

In this activity, the lab assistant will work as the server and the students will be guests at a restaurant. The students will practice ordering food, discussing what is wrong with the food, and paying for their meal.

Proficiency Level:

Novice High

Keywords:

Food, Restaurant ordering, handling money, paying, real-world context 

World-Readiness Standards:

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand the differences in services and dishes between restaurants in the United States and Spain 
  • I can order food at a restaurant, including items such as drinks, entrees, and desserts (novice high) 
  • I can ask for the bill/check after I have finished eating (novice mid) 

Materials Needed:

Warm-up

1. For the warm-up, there will be approximately 8 slides that will review key vocabulary and phrases for going to a restaurant. You will ask the students a question or set up a specific scenario on the slides, but DO NOT give them the answers. For each question or scenario, they will have to come up with useful phrases as responses to the given situation. 

  • ¿Cuántas personas hay? 
  • ¿Qué quieres para la bebida?
  • ¿Qué quieres para el aperitivo? 
  • ¿Qué quieres para el plato principal?  
  • ¿Qué quieres de postre?
  • ¿Hay alguien que tiene alergias? ¿Hay alguien que es vegetariano?
  • ¿Me puede dar recomendación? 
  • ¿Podemos tener la cuenta? 

2. In Spanish speaking countries, servers are not constantly checking on their tables like in the U.S. because they get paid more. Explain this in Spanish to your students so they understand why it is important for them to know how to ask for the check. 

  • En el mundo hispanohablante, los meseros no están revisando a los clientes. Ellos no dependen de las propinas (tips) como en los Estados Unidos, tienen un sueldo (salary) más alto. Entonces los clientes deben pedir la cuenta porque el mesero/a no se los va a dar hasta que el cliente pregunte.

Main Activity

Today you all will have the opportunity to eat at the WLRC restaurant and I am going to be your waiter/waitress. I will turn my microphone off to let you all talk and figure out what you want to order. There will be a list on each slide (depending on what dish you are on like appetizers, entrees, desserts, etc) that you can all order from. You all are going to do the whole process that we finished describing in the warm-up, including ordering food and asking for the bill. The menu that I am going to give you is based on an authentic menu from Spain. In Spain, many times lunch is the largest plate of the day. Many restaurants offer a special menu where you can choose two or three plates, a drink, and many times a dessert. Don’t forget to share the picture of “Comidas típicas españolas”

  • "¡Hoy tienen la oportunidad de comer en el restaurante WLRC! Yo voy a ser su camarero/a (o mesero/a). Voy a apagar mi micrófono para que ustedes hablen y decidan qué van a ordenar. Van a practicar el proceso de ordenar comida en el restaurante, que incluye pedir la cuenta. Les voy a dar un menú auténtico con comida de España. 

The process: 

  • b. You are going to give the welcome to the students and then ask the following: 
    • 1. “¿Qué quiere/desea para tomar?” 
    • 2. “Tenemos café, jugo, cerveza, vino....” 
    • 3. “¿Qué le gustaría como un aperitivo para compartir?” 
  • d. What would you like for dinner? 
    • 1. “¿Qué le gustaría (quisiera usted) cenar? ”
  • e. What do you want for dessert? 
    • 1. “¿Qué quiere usted de postre? ”
  • g. After you bring the food wait for a few seconds and then ask the following: 
    • 1. “¿Cómo estaba la comida?" 
    • 2. "Le gustó el/la _____?" 

The students have to ask for the bill but you shouldn't help them. If too much time passes you can teach the students how to ask for the check and how to sign for the check. (Air draw your signature) 

  • j. Ask every student how they want to pay. Also, you can ask if they have a coupon or a gift card. 
    • 1. ¿Cómo quieren pagar? 
    • 2. ¿Tienen un cupón o una tarjeta de regalo?

Wrap-up

Preguntas para terminar si el tiempo permita: 

  • 1. ¿Qué frases o palabras nuevas aprendiste con esta actividad? 
  • 2. ¿Pueden compartir algunas diferencias entre la experiencia en el restaurante de Red Robin y el restaurante de España?
     

End of lab:

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand the differences in services and dishes between restaurants in the United States and Spain 
  • I can order food at a restaurant, including items such as drinks, entrees, and desserts (novice high) 
  • I can ask for the bill/check after I have finished eating (novice mid)