The 8th-grade French 1-B students have just finished a fun unit, all about Parisian Café Culture. They read about many aspects of cafés … typical food and drinks, how to be a polite customer, what not to do so you don’t offend your server, etc.
The highlight of the unit’s activities is “café time”. We transform the classroom into a café, complete with tablecloths, flowers on the table, and French background music. Each student takes a turn acting as a server, taking orders and answering their customers’ questions. They also get to be the customers, ordering food and drinks and chatting with their fellow café patrons. As their teacher, I am so proud of all the students for the progress they have made in their listening and speaking skills. They can use a variety of expressions (all in French!) to … - ask for the menu - ask questions about the food and drinks offered - place their order - make suggestions about what to order - ask and give opinions on the food - ask for and pay the bill
It is a fun unit that I know the students will remember for years to come. It is my hope that one day, they will all get the opportunity to use what they’ve learned in a café somewhere in France or another Francophone country!