Dining at The Pearl

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Today I wanted to share a lesson I’ve done on Passives and I was inspired by a video shot by Deutsche Welle about a restaurant that happens to be underwater.

WaterYou can watch the video here and download the handout here.

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Ask your students the questions below:

1) What are the strangest restaurants you’ve ever heard of?
2) What do you think makes these restaurants appealing to people?
3) Are these restaurants weird in a positive or a negative way?
4) Would you ever want to have dinner underwater? Why/Why not?

2. Tell them you’re going to watch a video about a special restaurant in Belgium. Ask your students to find out how the customers felt about their dining experience.

3. Give them the True/False sheet and have them work out which statements are false and correct them.

4. Have students match the words they’ve heard in the video with their definitions or synonyms. You may ask them questions using these words to check their understanding of them (e.g. What do you have to contend with at work? Have you ever tinkered with any of your devices?)

5. Now you can use sentences 4 and 5 from the True/False sheet to elicit the grammar in them (Passives). Ask them what changes do we make to form the passives. I’ve even included a table for the students to refer to when doing the exercise, but if you prefer using the board instead that’s fine too.

6. Have students try to complete the sentences taken from the video, elicit answers, but don’t confirm them. When they’re done, have them watch the video again to check their answers.

7. At this point, I ask the students if watching the video made them want to have dinner in such a restaurant and why/why not. You can ask them what dishes they’d like to try there and whether such an idea would be popular in their own country. Ask your students if they’d like to find out more about this restaurant.

8. Give your students the extract from an article about the restaurant. Have them circle the option which they think fits best. Then, ask them to compare their answers with their peers before checking them with you.

9. To sum it up, tell your students to imagine that they’ve decided to start their own restaurant. Have them share their vision of their ideal restaurant with a partner and, to give them extra practice, tell them to think about:

• Where the restaurant is located
• What meals are cooked in their restaurant?
• What can be bought for $20 in their restaurant?
• What special offers are being offered for the customers?
• What ingredients will be bought for their meals and where they will be bought.

When the students are done, ask them to share their ideas, choose the better restaurant in their pairs and then you can have the class vote on the most original restaurant.

On a side note, would you like to dine in The Pearl and whom would you invite with you? (I know I do) 🙂

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