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Week 9: "will", restaurants, menus, opinions and preferences

In Week 9 we look at how to use "will", as well as useful phrases to order in a restaurant, vocabulary for understanding menus, and how to give your opinion, likes and dislikes and preferences.

The links to the lessons are:

English grammar: How to use will

English conversations: In a restaurant

Understanding an English menu

How to talk about your likes, opinions and preferences

Exercise activities

There's speaking and pronunciation practice in English conversations: In a restaurant, and a multiple choice exercise in the Grammar lesson.

Lesson objectives

– understand and use "will" to talk about the future, predictions, spontaneous decisions, offers, requests, threats and promises
– learn phrases and vocabulary for understanding a menu
– practise phrases for ordering in a restaurant and for paying
– learn how to express likes and dislikes, preferences and opinions in English

Related pages

For more grammar explanation see our pages on If sentences and using can.

There's further vocabulary on food, diets and methods of cooking in our page Food vocabulary. There are also two related speaking pages: likes and dislikes in English and Talking about your opinions and beliefs in English.

In previous weeks of the English course

In Week 1 the grammar lessons cover the verb "to be", and subject / object pronouns and possessives. The vocabulary lesson covers words and phrases to talk about your family. The speaking lesson gives practice in saying hello and introducing yourself.

In Week 2, the grammar lesson is the Present Simple tense. (Question forms are practised further in Week 3.) Week 2 also covers telephone phrases, vocabulary to talk about your job, and giving personal information, such as date of birth and address.

Week 3 also has a grammar lesson on English nouns (singular, plural, countable and uncountable), a vocabulary lesson on talking about your free time, and speaking practice in making a hotel booking in English.

In Week 4, there's a grammar lesson on indefinite and definite articles, a vocabulary lesson on transport vocabulary (with a speaking lesson on buying tickets) and a lesson on being polite in English.

In Week 5 there are three grammar lessons and one vocabulary lesson. The grammar lessons are using there is / there are and some / any; how to say where things are (prepositions of location) and how to use "can". The vocabulary lesson is on rooms and furniture.

In Week 6 there's focus on shopping, with a grammar lesson on using demonstratives and determiners. There's a speaking lesson for shopping conversations and a vocabulary lesson on clothes and shoes. There's also a writing lesson for short messages and emails.

In Week 7, the lessons are on tourism and places of interest. There's a grammar lesson on comparatives, a speaking lesson for the Tourist Information office, and two vocabulary lessons on what you find in towns, and phrases for giving directions.

In Week 8, the lessons are on the Past Simple, and 165 essential adjectives.

Next week

In Week 10, we will have a course review.

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