🧑‍🍳German Level 4, Activity 03: Ein Restaurant Besuchen / Visiting a Restaurant (Face to Face)


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Description: Students will practice ordering, asking for changes to menu items and paying at a restaurant. They will switch between roles as the waiter/waitress and customer.

Semantic Topics: Restaurant, Food, Essen, Order, Bestellen, Pay, Bezahlen

Products: Google Slide Presentation.

Practices: Ordering food at a restaurant. Essen bei einem Restaurant bestellen.

Perspectives: Tipping appropriately, conducting oneself politely in a restaurant setting. Trinkgeld richtig machen, sich höflich in einem Restaurant benehmen.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 2.1  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Standard 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Standard 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through German and the German-speaking world.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMP 2.1 Identify, describe and compare/contrast procedures and their use in the target culture with the learner’s culture.
  • Objective: CLTR 2.1  Analyze the significance of products (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can order food at a German restaurant.
  • I can ask for changes to a menu item.
  • I can pay for a meal and tip appropriately.

Materials Needed:


To start the lab ask students how they are doing, if they have weekend plans, and what their favorite food is. Then go through the useful vocabulary.

Um das Sprachlabor anzufangen, Fragen Sie die StudentInnen wie es ihnen geht, ob sie Wochenende Pläne haben, und was sie am liebsten Essen. Dann zeigen sie die hilfreiche Wörter.

  • Wie geht es euch? Seid ihr gestresst?
  • Was habt ihr vor, dieses Wochenende zu machen?
  • Was ist euer lieblingsessen?

Main Activity

The Students will partner up and one person will be the waiter and the other the customer. They will practice ordering a dish from each category, making one change to their order, and then switch roles.

Die StudentInnen werden in Paaren sein wo eine Person der Kellner ist und die andere die Kunde. Sie werden über, ein Gericht aud jeder Kategorie zu bestellen, eine Änderung machen, und dann werden sie die Rollen wechseln. 

Students will choose from a few options how they are going to pay, then show the slides about tipping and explain the written information to students.

Die StudentInnen werden wählen wie sie Zahlen möchten, dann Zeigen Sie die Folien mit Information über wie viel Trinkgeld man geben soll den StudentInnen.

Wrap Up

Ask the students to answer the wrap up questions with a partner or to the class.

Stellen Sie die “Wrap Up” Fragen an den StudentInnen. Sie können das mit Partnern machen oder mit die ganze Gruppe. 

Was ist dein Lieblings Art von Essen? (What is your favorite kind of food)

Esst ihr lieber in einem Restaurant oder zuhause? Warum? (Do you prefer to eat at a Restaurant or at Home?)

Von 1 bis 10, wie wichtig ist die Qualität von Essen für dich? Erkläre ein bisschen darüber. (From 1 to 10 how important is food quality to you? Explain a little bit.)

Was ist dein Lieblingsrestaurant hier in Boise? (What is your favorite restaurant here in Boise?)

Esst ihr oft auf dem Campus? Wo gibt es gutes Essen und wo nicht? (Do you frequently eat on campus? Where is there good food?)

Kannst du kochen? Wenn ja, was kochst du am liebsten, wenn nein, was willst du kochen lernen? (Can you cook? If yes, what do you like to cook the most and if not what do you want to learn to cook?)

At the very end consider showing the music video from Annenmaykantereit “Oft gefragt”. They are preparing and eating Spaghetti in this music video.

Ganz am Ende, zeigen sie das Musikvideo von Annenmaykantereit “Oft gefragt”. In dem Video vorbereiten und essen sie Spaghetti. 

End of Activity:

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can order food at a German restaurant.
  • I can ask for changes to a menu item.
  • I can pay for a meal and tip appropriately.

cultural resources

Here is a video from Deutsche Welle about different German food.



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