Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Good food ends with good talk

 Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
James Beard

The objective of this lesson is to familiarise our learners with language used for making and following recipe instructions. The video used stars a lovely Welsh lady called Betty who shows us how to make traditional and delicious Welsh cakes whilst explaining some history around the recipe. This gives our learners some relevant focus on the language used in cooking AND listening practise relevant to the local dialect where our learners live and strive to communicate. Extension/homework activities will hopefully enable us to create a recipe book with some of the dishes from around the world that we are very lucky to eat at the Unity in Diversity group.

Areas of Focus
  • Food/Cooking Vocabulary
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Writing

Stage 1 - Introduce the Theme
Learners are shown pictures of a bake stone, a Welsh miner and some ladies in traditional Welsh costumes. The learners look at the pictures and describe what they can see, hopefully making some connection between the images. I found the the picture of a bake stone to be very interesting as I know that these are used all over the world, especially in some of the places where our learners come from. This activity helps us introduce the theme of 'cooking', the learners make note of what they can see and feedback to the class.

Stage 2 - Vocabulary Focus
A collection of images are projected on the board and learners match their vocabulary provided on a worksheet with the images. Answers are then fed back to the class with focus on pronunciation.

Stage 3 - Listening practise (dialect and target language)
The learners are given a set of questions and set the task of first reading the questions in their groups working together to understand what they need to listen for in the upcoming video and then watching the video and answering the questions. Answers are fed back to the class with focus on the language points and pronunciation.

Stage 4 - Reading & Comprehension (further guided practise of the target language)
Learners take 10 minutes to read a Welsh cake recipe and then complete a gap fill activity.

Final stage - Making their own recipes
The learners talk about and make notes on recipes they'd like to make with the teacher circulating/helping with any problem words before starting to make their recipes - these will be finished as homework and fed back in an extension to this lesson.