Culinary Traditions Spark New Recipes in French Lessons


Collaborative and confident communicators cooking in French!

“A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.” – Noam Chomsky

IGCSE French classes worked together to combine their linguistic and culinary skills and introduce each other to an aspect of their home culture. Taking inspiration from the delicious Food Hall on International Day, they each selected a dish from their own cuisine to share with their classmates.

Students began by studying an authentic French recipe and used this as a template to write their own recipe, complete with ingredients, quantities and step-by-step cooking instructions. They were able to apply the vocabulary from the food and drink topic they had been studying and their knowledge of the imperative form to give instructions. Take a look at some pictures of their amazing recipes!

Not only did they write the recipe for their national dish entirely in French, they then took to the kitchens for a lesson to cook and share their creations with the other Year 10 students with dishes from a range of countries, such as Taiwan, Japan and Germany.