17 FALL ROUNDTABLE SERIES Dolcissimo: édition gourmande! Experiential Learning in Second-Language Acquisition through Food Studies -- Francesca Calamita, Rachel Greer, Sarah Annunziato, Elizabeth Hall

Event Date: 
09/29/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
New Cabell 236 (Tentative)

The culinary traditions of both France and Italy are so cherished and well known that many of us use Italian and French words for food and dining on a daily basis, often without even realizing it! Social cooking is now frequently and successfully used to promote cross-cultural encounters and exchanges. Food preparation / cooking offers a unique opportunity to move beyond the classroom walls to promote second language acquisition, cultural competency, communication and performance through experiential learning. While participating in “Dolcissimo”, second year students of Italian and French communicate exclusively in the target languages while baking and presenting desserts that are unique to Italian and French cultures. A panel of judges then awards prizes not only to the best sweet, but also for outstanding use of the target languages. Who will “reign supreme”? Stay tuned...