Ordering Food at a Spanish Restaurant

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A WebQuest for 10th Grade Spanish (Spanish 2)

Designed by:

David Jamieson

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Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


You and your friends have just won a free trip to Spain! You are excited about visiting this beautiful, diverse, friendly country that is so historically and culturally rich and is the cradle of the Spanish language. You are particularly excited about  the opportunity to use your newly acquired Spanish language skills, but are somewhat concerned about your ability to communicate, especially when it comes to that most important and enjoyable activity - eating!  Will you be able to order food in Spanish at a restaurant or will you starve?  What kind of food do they eat?  Do they eat tacos, enchiladas and guacamole, like Mexicans do?  What happens if I think I am ordering noodle soup and they bring me cow brains? Do they eat meals at the same times we usually do? What kind of currency do they use and will I know if something is too expensive?

"Map of Spain"

In this webquest, we will explore issues such as food and restaurant vocabulary in Spanish, eating customs, currency valuation and comparing Spanish with Mexican cuisine in order to prepare ourselves to order food at a Spanish restaurant.  You will research some of these topics and do a variety of activities that will help prepare you for the culminating activity: to create and act out a restaurant skit in Spanish. 

¿A que esperas?  ¡Manos a la obra! ¡Vamos a trabajar!


The Task 
"El trabajo"

You have several tasks in this webquest, some of which will be done individually and some of which will be done in groups of 4, which will be assigned by the teacher.  The culminating project is to create and perform a skit in Spanish, which is centered in a Spanish restaurant.  However, there are a number of prior activities which will help you to acquire the skills and knowledge to make the skit.  All of these activities will form part of your final project grade and are outlined in detail in the "Process" section of the webquest.

The Process
"El proceso"

[Note: Steps 1-4 below will be completed individually; each student will be given a project folder in which to compile his/her individual work.  Steps 5-7 will be completed in groups of 4, which will be assigned by the teacher].

1. If you read a menu in a Spanish restaurant, would you find items such as tacos, enchiladas and tamales?  Click on the links in section A to read about Spanish and Mexican cuisine.  Then complete the Venn Diagram Worksheet in section B to compare and contrast the two cuisines.

     A. Read these articles:
         Spanish cuisine-  
         Mexican cuisine-
     B. Complete the Venn Diagram Worksheet: 


2. In the United States, most people eat dinner at around 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  If you were to look for a restaurant in Spain at that time, would you have problems finding one open? Click on the link in section A below to read about Spanish eating customs.  Then click on the link in section B and complete the Eating Customs Worksheet.
     A. Read the notes below this link.  Then click on the link and
         read the article:
         i.  Although this article is titled "Dining in Spain", the
         section subtitled "Schedules" is typical of meal times not
         just in Spain, but in most Spanish-speaking countries.
         ii. Time references in this article use the 24 hour clock,
         where "13:30" means "1:30 p.m.", "16:00" means "4:00
         p.m.", etc.

     B. Complete the Eating Customs Worksheet:

3. Spanish food is delicious! However, many of us are not familiar with it.  If you went to a Spanish restaurant and saw dishes such as paella, jamon serrano, gazpacho and tortilla espanola, would you know what they were? Probably not, but you "haven't lived" until you try some of this food!  Click on the link to the article on "Food Regions of Spain" in section A and read about foods from different regions of Spain.  Then click on the link to the "Food Regions of Spain Worksheet" in section B and complete it.
     A. Read this article:
     B. Complete the Food Regions of Spain Worksheet:

"paella"        "jamón      "gazpacho"   "tortilla
                                            serrano"                      española"

"Gastronomic Regions of Spain"

4. There are so many different types of foods:  fruit (fruta), vegetables (verduras/legumbres),  grains (granos), meat (carne), seafood (mariscos), drinks (bebidas), desserts (postres).  We need to know these food terms in Spanish so that we know what to order at the restaurant! Learn and practice your knowledge of food terms in Spanish by going to the following links and following the directions:
    A. Complete these exercises.
         Exercise 1
       Directions: Scroll down to the category titled "food-la
       comida".  Click on the sub-category "drinks-las bebidas".   
       Read the instructions in the "Instrucciones" box.  Then
       complete the activity.  Return to the previous page by clicking
       the "back" button.  Click on the sub-category titled "fruits &
       desserts-las frutas y los postres".  Complete the activity. 
       Return to the previous page again and repeat this process 
       with the other sub-categories ("grains-los granos", "meat &
       seafood-las carnes y los mariscos", "vegetables-las

         Exercise 2:
       Directions: Click on "list of terms" and study them.  Then   
       practice your recall with the different activities (Matching,
       Flashcards, Concentration, & Word Search).
    B. Click on the links below to complete these activities:
        Spanish Food Crossword Puzzle
        Food Wordsearch

5. Now that we have studied food terms in Spanish, we are ready to create our own Visual Spanish/English Food Dictionary.  Here are the rules:

    * Food Dictionary should be created in Microsoft Word.
    * Title of Dictionary is "Diccionario visual de comida en inglés/
       español" (Visual Food Dictionary in English/Spanish).
    * Dictionary will be an English-Spanish version with 3 columns:                    
           Column 1-food term in English;

           Column 2 - Spanish translation of food term;
           Column 3 - image of food item (go to google.com, click on           
                           "Images", type in name of food item and select image)

    * The following must be included in the dictionary:
        10 verduras/legumbres
        10 frutas
        10 bebidas
        5 carnes
        5 mariscos
        5 sopas
        5 ensaladas
        5 postres
    * The food terms must be classified with the categories          
       mentioned above (see previous asterisk) and the English
       translation of
those categories.
    * You may use the following online Spanish/English Food
        Dictionary to help search for the translations of the food
        terms for your own dictionary:
    *  Your food dictionary will be graded on neatness, completion,
        accuracy, classification of foods in categories and use of  


6. Are you ready to apply what you have learned by viewing online menus
of real Spanish restaurants?  Your next task is to select a menu from a
Spanish restaurant and translate it to English. Follow the steps below:
     * Select an online menu from a Spanish restaurant to be
        translated to English. After you click on the above link, you
        will see a list of names of different regions of Spain. Check
        with the teacher to see which region to proceed to.
        Note: the teacher must approve the menu before you   

     * Translation must be performed in Microsoft Word.
     * Currency must be converted from "euros" (the currency used
        in Spain and most of western Europe) to U.S. dollars. that
        way, you will know how much dinner is going to set you
        back!  This can easily be done by using the following currency
        converter:  http://www.xe.com/
        Simply scroll down toward the bottom of the page and follow
        the instructions. Make sure that you make note of today's
        exchange rate and write it at the bottom of your English
        menu translation.
     * Some online food dictionaries that can help you with the
        translation are:
     * You will need to hand in a copy of the original menu in
        Spanish in addition to your translated menu.
     * Your translated menu will be graded on accuracy, neatness, 
        currency conversion, completion and overall presentation.

7. And now, we are ready for what you have all been waiting. Drumroll, please...

....the creation and presentation of a restaurant-based skit in Spanish!

Follow this process to create your skit:

     1) Pre-skit preparation.
         Let's practice a bit more with additional restaurant
         vocabulary. Click on this link to restaurant vocabulary and do
         the following:
         a) Study "Important words" and "Phrases"
         b) Scroll down and practice with "Flashcards", "Matching",
             "Wordsearch", and "Concentration" exercises.
         c) Take the online "Quiz" at the bottom of the page to see if
             you are absorbing this vocabulary! When you are done
             with the Quiz, click the "Submit" button to see the
         As an additional resource, check out this
         link to useful restaurant vocabulary and phrases, which you
         might find helpful in creating your dialogue.

      2) Skit preparation. Your group needs to create a skit based in
          a Spanish restaurant, which fulfills the following criteria:
          a) dialogue must be in Spanish (focus on appropriate usage
              of vocabulary and verbs in context)
          b) skit should last 3-4 minutes, without time gaps
          c) each group member must speak at least 5 lines
          d) one of the following themes must be selected and
                   * A cook in your restaurant makes the best paella in
                      town. All the customers want to meet him.
                      However, he isn't the friendliest person on staff. 
                      What happens when he gets a surpise visit from a
                      special guest?
                   * Your waiter is very friendly but he confuses your
                      order with the person sitting in the next table. 
                      You would switch plates but the other customer is
                      already biting into your chicken and loving it? What
                      will you do?
                   * Your co-workers and you decide to go out for a
                      Friday night meal.  The problem is that everybody
                      wants to eat something different.  Where will you
                      go? How will you compromise?
                   * At a café in Spain, you go out for tapas with a
                      friend.  In the restroom, you notice that one of the
                      restaurant employees just walked out without
                      washing his hands! What will you do?

       3) Skit rehearsal. Now the skit is written. What's next?  You
           have to practice the skit! Practice makes perfect. Don't just
           "wing it" on the day of the performance. Think of what
           visuals you might need for your performance, like menus,
           costumes, etc. Make sure that all team members have a
           copy of the skit with which to rehearse.  Rehearse to get a
           feel of the flow of the performance, practicing reactions,
           facial expressions and body movements that are
           appropriate to the situation.

       4) Skit performance. The teacher will set up the room like a
           Spanish restaurant. Your group needs to provide visuals,
           including menu copies for all cast members. And don't
           leave your enthusiasm at the door. All acting hams are
           welcome! One note for audience members: be quiet and
           respectful during the performance. Encourage each other;
           no negative criticism, please. I look forward to the


"La evaluación"

The items in steps 1-4 in the Process section of this webquest will be graded individually on a scale of 1-5 (1=poor, 2=below average, 3=fair, 4=good, 5=excellent, based on completion and accuracy) representing 25% of the project grade. The items in steps 5-7 in the Process section will be given a group grade and will comprise the other 75% of your total grade. See the skit rubric below to see what factors will be evaluated:











Language Usage


Skit conducted in English or mostly in English or in Spanish, but filled with numerous grammatical errors
Spanish mixed with considerable amount of English; considerable grammatical errors
Spanish used throughout most of  skit, with some exceptions;
some grammatical errors
Spanish used consistently throughout skit;
few grammatical errors


of Performance



Skit lasts under 1 minute, with no major gaps or 1-2 minutes with some gaps
Skit lasts 1-2 minutes, with no major gaps or 2-3 minutes with some gaps
Skit lasts 2-3 minutes, with no major gaps or 3-4 minutes with some gaps
Skit lasts 3-5 minutes, with no major gaps


At Least 5 lines per person/



Most of skit centers around 1 member, with others having less than 5 lines, poor pronunciation and inflection
2 group members had less than 5 lines, fair pronunciation and inflection
At least 1 group member had less than 5 lines, good pronunciation and inflection
At least 5 lines per person, excellent pronunciation and inflection


Theme Development


One of given skit themes was not developed or was poorly developed
One of the given themes was minimally developed
One of the given skit themes was developed well, but with some confusion
One of the given skit themes was developed very well

 Appropriate Facial Expressions/ Body Movements
Little to no usage of facial expressions/ body movements
Inconsistent usage of facial expressions/ body movement
Generally appropriate usage of facial expressions/  body movements
Excellent usage of facial expressions/ body movements

Evidence of rehearsal
No evidence of rehearsal, uninspired performance
Some evidence of rehearsal, but considerable problems with its flow
Skit fairly well-rehearsed, but some problems with flow
Skit obviously well-rehearsed with good flow of speech, events

Usage of Visuals
No props
Few props, poorly used
Good props, fairly well used
Excellent props, well used

Copy of Skit
Sloppy copy of skit/
No copy of skit
Typed copy of skit turned in, but not well-organized
Untyped copy of skit turned in, clear and well organized
Typed copy of skit turned in, clear and well organized

"La conclusión"

We have learned quite a lot about how to order food in Spanish, eating customs in Spain, differences between Spanish & Mexican cuisine (no tacos, tamales or enchiladas in Spain, unless you go to a Mexican restaurant!), currency valuation, working in groups, and hamming it up on the stage.  Do you feel more confident about ordering food in Spanish now? Did you enjoy this webquest?  I hope so. Buen provecho!

Credits & References
"Creditos y Bibliografia"


I would like to thank my WIT mentors, Jay Mulberry, Joy Reeves and techie wizard Alex Wilson for their wisdom, guidance and patience in helping me acquire the technical knowledge to develop this webquest.


* Title VII Foreign Language Assistance Project of the Chicago Public Schools and DePaul University



Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page