As some of us learn better through one sense than another, some learn best through visual approaches; others through auditory approaches; yet others through a combination of the two. Many British International School students enjoy work which involves an active, physical response and learn much better where such methods are employed. Sometimes, projects and actions are not an optional extra but an integral part of their learning process.
Therefore during international week, we started by writing easy recipes from French, Latin American and Spanish dishes. The students explained the dishes, described all the ingredients that went into the dish in Spanish or French, and using simple directions on how to make the dish, we had a fantastic experience full of exotic tastes and flavors. Using the student's kitchen, we managed to create very ambitious crepes, tapas and tortilla de patatas.
The MFL department at British International School Hanoi, is very proud on how the students gave themselves opportunities to grow in a more engaging, international and personalised way.
These are two of the many comments we had from the students:
Having MFL lessons made me understand that languages are not simply words, grammar or pronunciation. Take French for example, it represents France, its culture, tradition, lifestyle and much more.
It is only fair to assume that students would not be able to perform their best if they were only allowed to sit down and try to memorize unfamiliar words. Study a language in BIS Hanoi gave students a chance to throw themselves into things they would never have done and try some new things such as making crepes.
The moment I stepped into the Students’ Kitchen, I immediately noticed the well prepared equipments and ingredients on the table. Students buzzed with excitement as they settle down. The teacher started to go through what to do and where all the equipments were put. As soon as we were allowed to get started, chatter and laughter started to filledl the room. Measuring our ingredients carefully, we started to mix everything together as the teacher went around, being French herself, she knew what was good and what was bad about each batter. She specifically pointed out what ingredient to add in if she noticed something was wrong with the batter. After the first thirty minutes, some groups were ready to start cooking the crepes. Smiles appeared everywhere and warmed my heart, it wasn’t just a normal practical lesson, the students were actually enjoying it, each and every single one of them stepped into the world of France.
Techniques were taught about when the crepes were ready; whether if the crepes were too thick or thin. A crowd started to form around the stove as the first student tried to flip the crepe. It was recorded and as soon as the student succeed, the whole crowd cheers and took the try themselves. Time passed so quick we didn’t realized, some wasn’t ready to leave as they stay back to finish the crepes.
That lesson gave us, joy and happiness. We laughed a lot, we worked together as a group and it gave us a chance to like French more. It brought us an opportunity to study without books but to study in an interesting way. To me personally, it helped me to understand that French is not just about vocabularies, but it also has a meaning. We are grateful because of the lesson, not only because it included food, but it brought us smile on our faces.
Ha Minh Nguyen, Y10 French
It was really fun to learn more about the hispanic/spanish culture by cooking and eating its food. On that day, we had made a tortilla dish, (tortilla de patata) which is basically eggs with potato and onions. It was amazing to see how the same ingredients that we use eat everyday, had a completely different flavour just by trying another combination. The grilled bread with tomato toppings was also a surprise: pan con tomate. We also made and ate tapas, pan con tomate and many more delicious tapas. It was really enjoyable and we really appreciate the cooking, as a different way of learning. For many of us, it was the first time cooking! Not only Spanish food, any kind of food! Fué fenomenal!!
Canh Khoi Nguyen, Y10 Spanish
Lina M Rojas, Whole School MFL Subject Leader