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How to cook a midterm exam? – a “food exhibition” as a project in Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) - or English for Special Purposes (ESP). Jörg-Alexander Parchwitz, Wenzao Ursuline College parchwitz @mail.wtuc.edu.tw. Purposes .

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How to cook a midterm exam?–a “food exhibition” as a project in Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) - or English for Special Purposes (ESP)

Jörg-Alexander Parchwitz,

Wenzao Ursuline College

[email protected]


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Purposes

  • Importance of projects/activities as good didactical input – meaningful for learners!

  • Take one example to show the didactics of a project!

  • Projects are not only for FLT! You can do it in every field of studies!

  • How to manage a project even in a big class?!


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Reasons for presenting this project

  • The course is highly popular among students, also because of this project

  • The cooking project has a tradition (since 1998)

  • It is a combination of learning, fun, testing, experience, creativity and it is meaningful!

  • One project – many grades!


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Course

  • “Technique and German”, elective course

  • 60 to 75 apply for this course….

  • 18 to19 years old

  • 5th year of the Junior College program

  • Participants 90% females


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Project: language learning objectives

  • Practice of a specific vocabulary for the description of technical manuals (!)

  • Practice 4 skills: writing, reading, listening, speaking

  • Grammatical aspects: passive voice

    (werden +PP)


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Project: further learning objectives

  • Learn & Practice, how to describe a

    process chronological – step by step

  • Learn & Practice, how to cook

  • Learn & Practice, how to represent

  • Represent under “stress” your FL

  • To create a recipe design

  • Get the experience of a different

    testing form


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3 project phases & time

  • Preparation (1 - 2 class hours)

  • Performing (2 – 4 class hours)

  • Post work (ca. 1 – 2 class hours)


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Preparation - (1 - 2 class hours)

  • Worksheet A – recipe with 9 pictures, vocabulary –

    cooking tools / ingredients

  • Introduce the worksheet to the whole class.

  • Group work – 3 students, every member of the

    group prepares 3 pictures of the work

    sheet individually, then follows a description of her pictures, the two other students listen

    and give corrections, if necessary.

  • The teacher has time to go around and answers questions.

  • Work sheet B – an answer text is given as a jigsaw puzzle, its pieces are read loudly by the members of

    each group, the group has to discuss the right

    order and put it together. The groups compare their texts.


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Planning of the “food exhibition“

  • Explanation to the class – exhibition boot with a presentation:

    show – explain – try the food – evaluate

  • Form a group

  • Every group decides a recipe, cooking tools, ingredients, kind of presentation

  • The teacher helps with the writing of the recipes, answers questions


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Exhibition Part 1

  • The course is separated in “visitors” and “exhibitors” – they all have work assignments.

  • The “exhibitors” have to set up their boots and start cooking. Later the “food exhibition” is opened.

  • Before the opening, the “visitors” receive their work sheets with instructions how to grade the “exhibitors” , how to communicate with them and to name their three most favorite dishes of the “food exhibition”.

  • The teacher evaluates the preparation, presentation, the use of FL and the taste of the dishes!




















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Exhibition Part questions2

  • Everything happens a second time, but now the roles will be changed. The “exhibitors” become “visitors” and vice versa.


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Post work questions

  • The three best dishes selected by the students get a special price.

  • Pictures and video clips and materials are used to analyze the pros & cons of the presentations.

  • Several possibillities to harvest grades, teacher and students safe time – everybody is happy!


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Examples of recipes questions

  • Recipes with pictures & texts

  • Powerpoint – Presentations

  • Short video clips


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My experience with project work questions

  • The assignment is meaningful to the students – better learning mood!

  • All 4 skills are used!

  • Other skills are practiced, too.

  • It is a learner focused activity!

  • Learning by doing!

  • Clear results/products: boot, dish, recipe

  • It is interesting and fun, too.


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Thank you for participation - especially when there are two more activities at almost the same time on campus...

Jörg-Alexander Parchwitz,

Wenzao Fremdsprachencollege

[email protected]


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