Before the lesson
- Teacher video: French food – le menu
- Presentation: Key vocabulary and pronunciation
Presentation: Key vocabulary and pronunciation
Open in presentation mode and click on the dots to hear sound recordings in French
- Presentation: Le menu
- Activity: Le menu (see Classroom resources) – one per child
- Activity: Le café conversation (see Classroom resources)
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- To role play a café conversation
- To create a French menu based on authentic texts
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
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- O4.2 Listen for specific words and phrases
- O4.4 Ask and answer questions on several topics
- L4.1 Match phrases and short sentences to pictures
- Y3 KAL Recognise question forms and negatives
- I can ask and respond to full questions
- I can recognise that different texts (menus/recipes) will have the same conventions of style and layout
- I can use a range of strategies to understand an unfamiliar text
- Nothing relevant to this lesson
Display the Presentation: Le menu.
Presentation: Le menu
Show on your interactive whiteboard
Go through the slides 2-9 to allow the children to see authentic examples of menus from French restaurants.
Set children the challenge of working out different items on the menus and discussing the strategies that they use.
Depending on the time you have, you may want to give them the opportunity to look for certain words using a bilingual dictionary to help translate more dishes.
Ask children what they would order.
You may want to show some menus from the top restaurants in Paris.
This lesson could be conducted in various ways, including by serving real French food that is shared in the class or perhaps with parents. If you choose to serve real French food, you may need parents to have returned the food allergy letters referred to in ‘Year 4 French food – Miam Miam!Lesson 4: French food’.
Give each child a copy of the Activity: Le menu and explain they will be creating their own French menu based on the vocabulary they have learnt so far, listing at least 15 items and their prices in euros (€). They will organise their food and drink into categories, using the vocabulary they have learnt, such as: les entrées (starters), les plats principaux (main courses), les boissons (drinks), les desserts (desserts).
Children have become familiar with plenty of vocabulary related to food, and they can also use French-English or online dictionaries for other food and drinks words that they may wish to add to their menu.
When the children have completed their menu, get them to evaluate each other’s menus with the peer assessment grid in the Activity: Le menu.
Check that all the children have returned their food allergy letter if you need one and are serving real food.
Children visit each other’s cafés and order from the menu using the café conversation they looked at earlier in the topic. Explain that when ordering in France there are many ways of asking and answering and that it won’t be exactly like the conversation they have learnt.
This lesson could be a good opportunity to invite parents into the languages classroom with children acting as café staff, taking orders for food from their menus, and possibly serving the parents with real or pretend food.
During the week
- Children share something they have eaten that day, in French.
- Draw the cafe that their menu is from, with plates of food on tables reflecting the items on the menu.
- The children can try French cursive handwriting.
Assessing pupils' progress and understanding
Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Using strategies to understand a familiar text as well as asking and responding to questions found in a café conversation.
Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Using a range of different strategies to understand unfamiliar texts, including their understanding of related texts they may have seen in English. Using accurate pronunciation when asking or responding to full questions in a café conversation.
To hear how these words sound in French, see Presentation: Key vocabulary and pronunciation.
le menu - the menu
un hors d’oeuvre - a starter
un plat principal - a main course
le dessert - the dessert
la soupe - the soup
la pizza - the pizza
le hot-dog - the hotdog
le hamburger - hamburger
le croissant - the croissant
la baguette - the baguette
un Coca Cola - a Coca Cola
une limonade - a lemonade
un jus d’orange - an orange juice
Bonjour je voudrais une table pour deux personnes. - Hello, I would like a table for two people.
Oui monsieur/mademoiselle/madame. Voilà! - Yes sir/miss/madam. Here you are!
Qu’est-ce que vous voulez manger? - What would you like to eat?
Vous désirez une boisson? - Would you like a drink?
Je voudrais - I would like
Merci - Thank you
J’aime - I like
Je n’aime pas - I don’t like
Excellent - excellent
Super - super
Bien joué - well done
le serveur - the waiter
la serveuse - the waitress
du pain - some bread
la baguette - the bread stick
le gâteau - the cake
la tarte - the tart
le chocolat - the chocolate
les fruits - the fruit
les légumes - the vegetables
un croque monsieur - a cheese toastie
le fromage - the cheese
le café - the coffee
le sandwich - the sandwich
une ratatouille - a ratatouille (a tomato, aubergine and pepper dish)
une crêpe - a pancake
la quiche - the quiche (cheese and egg tart)