Bonding Over Burritos

by mollie korewa

 

My small grant project was a class in which my students followed recipes to make burritos.

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They loved the activity, found it very memorable and learned a little about american food culture.

For example, one of the most surprising things I found is that very few students had seen or used a pepper grinder or can opener. I was amused by their fascination with these two utensils. 

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some students were so proud of having made a new food, they asked me to take pictures of the burritos they made and send them the pictures. 

Though I would understand if students did not want to try this strange new food, only one student did not taste a burrito.In the class prior to this one, I introduced recipes and some cooking words (chop, stir, grind, etc.) In this class, they used the vocabulary I had taught them to complete the cooking tasks in groups. They were eager to use English to communicate with each other and ask me questions (How much salt should I add? How should I cut the onion?) because they were excited about the activity;

this was one of my most successful attempts at “teaching in context.”

I planned a cooking activity as part of a unit on Experiential Education. At the end of the unit, students evaluated Experiential Education as a method of learning; many of them used this class as an example of the ways in which Experiential Education can teach students life skills in addition to academic knowledge.

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