I am running into a writer's block as I write up prompts for my students upcoming unit on common restaurant conversation. These are first year students so their vocabulary is limited but I want to challenge them with a variety of scenarios. Here are two I like:
- You and your friend want to have a big lunch, but you have very restricted diets. One of you cant eat peanuts and the other cant eat bread or pasta. Ask your waiter for suggestions. Order two drinks, an appetizer, and two meals. The waiter should ask how you like your meal. Describe how the food is and ask for the check. The waiter will ask if you want any dessert. Ask your friend if they want dessert. The two of you decide to share a single dessert. Order your dessert with an extra spoon/fork.
- You and a brother/sister have met for dinner after spending the past year apart at college. Greet each other appropriately. Talk about what you might like to order. Complain that the waiter has not come to take your order yet. The waiter should eventually arrive and apologize for the delay. The waiter will tell you the special of the day. You will both order your meals and drinks. The waiter will apologize again and explain that one of the items you ordered is not available today. Change your order.