Last week I had a lesson with 2 red intermediate level students. Both had been doing very well lately so I decided to challenge them a little with the post intermediate restaurant 2 item. But before starting this we tried a review of the routine 8 shopping story. I was happy to see that one student had gone shopping recently for a birthday present. So she was able to answer all of the questions cheerfully with lots of bridging.
After this we had a short discussion about the differences between Japanese and American style restaurants. Both were aware that tipping customs were different between these 2 countries. But they were surprised to hear that American restaurants often have operating problems or trouble.
So to introduce some of these problems I introduced the Restaurant 2 picture cards. Then each student in turn tried a role-play situation in a restaurant. One student role-played the customer while the other acted as the server trying to solve or remedy the problem. At the beginning they struggled a bit with the first role-play situation involving a “fly in my soup”. But soon after they were able to proceed through the rest of the picture cards with very little difficulty. I was very happy to see that they were really enjoying themselves by using some very creative imagination. Seeing this kind of enthusiasm makes my English school teaching experience very rewarding.