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by Peter Viney & Karen Viney

Real language, simple language

This is an example of an early unit from Grapevine One. Each unit consists of a double-page spread. Our aim here is to show students how much they can communicate with very simple language.

  Grapevine 1 Unit 2 Self-service


Unit 2, Self-service, left hand page

The first section has several aims.

• To make students aware that they already understand, or can guess a number of words connected to food. Few students will have trouble with 'sandwich', 'hamburger', 'hot dog' or 'coffee'

• To familiarise them with numbers 11 to 20 in written and spoken form.



Having matched the words and numbers, students listen to the dialogue. Note the minimal language:

A cheese sandwich, please?

Anything else?

After each dialogue, they have a menu to use for paired practice. The menus AREN'T authentic. The sandwich bar menu has items at 40p / 50p / 60p / 70p / 80p and 90p- teaching the numbers is more important to us than the impact of a 'real' menu.



This is the second page of the unit. There are two more dialogues - on the tape, the gent with a briefcase has a very upper-class voice while asking for a hamburger - it's funny.

There's a brief summary on a/an and the unit finishes with Listening for Specific information - all they have to do is to tick the appropriate boxes



Grapevine 1 Unit 2 Self-service


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