~ How to Make a Lesson ~ 


1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.


2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.


3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.


4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.


5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.


6) Select two questions from the list. Practice with a partner, then in front of the class.


7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).

The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 17

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 117 ~ Talking About Restaurants ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) When did you last go to a restaurant?


B) Let’s see, _________________________________________________ .


A) How often do you go out for brunch, lunch, or dinner?


B) ________________________________________________________ .

(About once/twice/three times a month/Often for dinner, not often for brunch/Never.)


A) On average, how much do you usually spend?


B) Well, that depends. __________________________________________ .

(I usually spend about 10 bucks/I spend more with close friends/By myself, not much.)


A) Have you ever eaten at a (French/Italian/Greek/Thai/Korean) restaurant?


B1) Yes, I have. ______________________________________________ .

(I went to a Greek place last week. I had a gyro/I often order Thai takeout/Not lately.)


A) Please recommend one of your favorite places to have brunch, lunch, or dinner.


B) I really like _____________________________________________ .


It has ___________________________________________________ . 


A) How is the atmosphere? Noisy? Does the environment make you comfortable?


B) _______________________________________________________.

(Yes. The ambience is casual. They play jazz music/It’s busy and noisy, but interesting.)


A) What would you order if you were having your very last meal?


B) Well, _________________________________________________ .



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 117 ~ Present Perfect 1 ~ Dialogue Practice ~


The question form: Have you ever verb + object

The answer forms: 1) Yes, I have. 2) No, I haven’t.


The present perfect uses the past participle or “third verb tense

as in: take (present) took (past) taken (past participle)


Example questions:


Q1: Have you ever eaten octopus or sea urchin? How was it prepared? 

Q2: Have you ever been on a motorcycle or a horse? When?

Q3: Have you ever taken a trip using a train? Tell the story. 

Q4: Have you ever gone to bed at dawn? What happened? 

Q5: Have you ever felt an earthquake or been in a hurricane? Where?

Q6: Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen? 

Q7: Have you ever fallen off a bike or down the stairs? What happened?

Q8: Have you ever gotten lost or run out of gas? Tell the story. 

Q9: Have you ever slept all day or camped all night? When? 

Q10: Have you ever drunk too much alcohol? Tell the story.


Note: This form of present perfect (yes/no questions)

is almost always followed up with the simple past tense


Example: Q: Have you ever been to Spain?

                   A: Yes, I have been there. I went last year with my best friend.


Make some of your own questions using this form…






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