Restaurant Etiquette (LS-HU-269)

In order to teach ‘should‘ and ‘shouldn’t‘ I thought, it would be a good idea to learn a little about restaurant etiquette. I found a funny video. I asked my students to watch it. First, they just enjoyed the video, but then I asked them to write tricky questions in connection with the video.

For the third listening, the others answered the questions. Then in pairs, they got a card with a restaurant etiquette rule which they had to translate. For checking, I showed them photos of restaurant situations. They noticed their rule and explained the meaning to the others.

The next part of the project was to make a booklet about restaurants. They chose one restaurant and looked for photos and other information about it on Europeana.


Dunakorzó, Café Restaurant – Budapest – Magyar Kereskedelmi és Vendéglátóipari Múzeum – Budapest – CC BY-NC-ND

About my students

My students are between 14 and 15. They started learning English this September. They have a special curriculum. It means that they have 15 English lessons a week and three English teachers. Their school is in Kisvárda, Hungary. The project is related to the usage of modal verbs: should and shouldn’t.

Video introduction

Students working on restaurant etiquette
Students working on restaurant etiquette

I chose this video from Glove and Boots because it is quite funny. First, the students just watch it and laughed a lot. They were listening too because their next task was to write tricky questions in connection with the video. Someone asked about the number of books on the shelves or information which is more fun than important. They enjoyed it very much and at the same time they practised listening and created questions.

Why did we like the project?

We could learn without using our books but practised the grammar the curriculum wants us to acquire. They learnt something, that they can use in real life. In fact, they used the info during a school trip when they enjoyed their lunches in a restaurant.

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CC BY-SA 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by Fortepan.

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