¿Puedo tener el menú? Teaching Requests at Restaurants

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Jingyi Guo
Juan Manuel Martínez Rodríguez


The present teaching unit offers a series of activities that can be employed to teach how to make appropriate requests at both informal and formal restaurants among American beginning learners of Spanish in foreign language (FL) classrooms. Explicit instruction (i.e., raising awareness, discussion, metapragmatic instruction) was employed to maximize the teaching effects. Input was provided by three YouTube videos that contain constructed interactions by native speakers at restaurants, which reflect characteristics of requests in Spanish. Two interactive role-plays were designed to assess the results of teaching as well as to provide additional input and feedback. This teaching unit was piloted with four student sections. Suggestions for implementation and extensions to higher levels of learners as well as to learners in a second language learning context are discussed.


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