Cooking and Learning Slovenian


Due to its engaging (learning-by-doing, hands-on) and multi-sensory approaches, learning language while cooking has proved to be an excellent way of teaching a language. Nevertheless it is more fun to experience cooking & language learning in a group at a real class but for online users who are not able to attend it, video recipes and language lectures are nowadays available as well.

One such example is the Learn French while Cooking! provided by educator Nina O’Connor. Her video lectures are not only enjoyable but they give also an insight into the French culinary heritage.

On a more technologically complex way learning while cooking methods was examined in the French Digital Kitchen, as a part of the LanCook – Learning languages, cultures and cuisines in digital interactive kitchens project. In this EU-funded project (2011 – 2014) digital sensors and a task-based language learning approach were used. For more details see a video presentation and an article about the project published in The Guardian.

In Australian digital language learning practice, the Slovenian cuisine is well included in the Webclassroom at the – Slovenian language and cultural resources. The Webclassroom is an open learning project for Slovenian language study and culture programs initiated by the Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria in 1998.

According to Sandi Ceferin, during that time there were very few learning materials online. Therefore the Webclassroom was among the Sloveniana Webzine and Galeria Sloveniana included as material in the official curriculum for secondary education in the state of Victoria. The Slovenian culinary heritage is featured in a section titled the Cuisine of Slovenia, partly also in the Health and nutrition.

In Australia, Slovenian can be learned in Victoria. Just recently, three new courses have  been started in Queensland (Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast).  Online courses are available as well. The school in New South Wales is not currently in operation.

However, as an additional material digital culinary content in a form of video cooking classes, dictionaries and serious games could support physical and digital Slovenian language (cooking) courses. By this way, due to geographical or other reasons, users with limited access to these physical courses would be able to participate some of the sessions remotely and thus connect with other learners.

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