Imagine that you and your partner own a café. Suggest ways to improve the café such as one of the ideas below, explaining the good consequences of that change. See if your partner agrees. Discuss it as long as you like, then do the same with your partner’s idea. Take turns suggesting ideas in the same way until your teacher stops you.
Ask about any ideas below which you don’t understand, discussing what the good and/ or bad consequences would be each time.
Which things below are bad ideas and why?
What is the structure of the first conditional in the agreeing/ disagreeing sentence below?
“If + ___________ + ________ , ___________+ __________ + __________”
Describe a perfect café for you, including things that you wouldn’t have or do and see if your partner agrees.
Do the same for a perfect restaurant and/ or bar.
|Useful language for sharing your ideas
“In our café, I think we should/ I think it’s a good idea to… (If we…)”
Useful language for agreeing and disagreeing
“It’s a good idea/ bad idea. If we…, customers/ passersby/ staff/ it… will/ will probably/ might/ probably won’t/ won’t…”
Possible changes to make to a café
allow customers to bring their own food
allow staff to choose the music
ask customers to move on after one hour
ask customers to order or move on if their drink is finished
ask customers to share tables when the store is busy
ban English lessons
ban laptop computers
charge customers for wifi – offer free wifi
give customers a discount for bringing their own cup or flask
give free samples of the food
grind the coffee in the café
have a jukebox that allows customers to choose the music
have cafés inside shops, banks, post offices, etc
have different music every day
have different specials every day
have more luxurious drinks with cream etc
have more unusual designer décor
have no music
have seasonal music, e.g. Xmas music
have seats outside
have sockets (electrical outlets) at each seat – stop customers using sockets
have table service
have uncomfortable seats – have very comfortable sofas
offer 17 different kinds of tea
offer a free meeting room
offer free extra espresso shots
offer free refills
offer hot meals
sell (uncut) fresh fruit
sell pots of tea
stay open all night
wake up customers who are sleeping
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