Young learners benefit from having access to manyexperiences and activities so they can ‘discover’ ontheir own and by watching others.At this age children tend to be kinaesthetic learnersand they learn effectively through touch andmovement and improve their skills by imitation andpractice.Therefore, it is important to provide a variety of learning experiences for the children. Preparingand sharing food with your students is an excellentway to teach English while drawing on many otherskills and concepts.When children do the actions themselves thismeans that they are participating with as manysenses as possible. Manipulating real objects,cooking, following directions, seeing pictures andeating are all opportunities to use language withtheir whole beings.
To prepare fruit salad and tolearn the English needed forthe activity.
Bowl, large serving spoon,paper plates, plastic spoons orforks, cutting board, vegetableknives, napkins, bananas,apples, strawberries, oranges,etc., according to season andavailability.
Set up a working area forwashing, peeling, and cuttingfruit.Assign jobs to the students whowill wash, peel and prepare thefruit.
Teach the names of fruit. Demonstrate each step.Talk about the different shapes and colours.During the presentation encourage students to use the language:T
What are we doing?We are washing our hands.We are washing the fruit.
What is Maria doing? She is peeling the apples.
What is Paolo doing? He is throwing the peel in the bin.
What is Stefano doing?He is cutting the bananas.
What is the teacher doing? She is putting the pieces of fruit in a big bowl.
What are we doing?We are mixing the fruit.We are eating the fruit.It is delicious!
When all the fruit has been cleaned and cut it can be served on paperplates.
The students retell the story of preparing and eating the fruit salad.
QUICK COOKING AND QUICK LEARNING