Come Dine with Me
This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests! Finally each learner produces their menu presented in a conventional style.
Can be introduced by showing a clip of the intro to the programme (great if you can find an episode featuring your town!)and eliciting what makes a successful dinner party (or not). Useful to introduce the idea of negotiation, and to encorage people to jot down notes to help them plan their menu.
Includes a sample menu.
Fully mapped to the E3 Functional English criteria.