Lesson 1: Ordering food and drink in a French café

Children are introduced to France’s café culture by listening to a typical conversation and familiarising themselves with useful vocabulary

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn new vocabulary for food in a café
  • To begin to understand a conversation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words


 KS2 Framework

  • O4.2 Listen for specific words and phrases
  • O4.4 Ask and answer questions on several topics

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Practise asking the question ‘Est-ce que tu aimes…?’ ‘Do you like…?’
  • You could have a café table set up in the classroom for practice during the week. Can the children learn the café conversation off by heart?
  • Ask children to bring in menus from home, either take out or restaurant/café ones, for a comparison lesson coming up.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simone Haughey,  
Languages specialist
Previously a generalist Primary teacher for 12 years, Simone now specialises in Languages. She is MFL Consultant and Languages Teacher at Robin Hood Primary. Her work with Mandarin Chinese led to the IoE Confucius Institute for Schools awarding her school with Confucius…
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