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An International Salad Festival

As a performance task of the ESFL reading unit “Food and Cultural Identity”, 6eme learners were eager to work cooperatively on planning and accomplishing a fabulous salad festival on Saturday May 18th, 2013. By so doing, they asserted the central idea of the unit that tackles how celebrating festivals stimulates and promotes unity and preservation of old traditions and strengthens relations among people of the same community. Such task, moreover, allowed students to practice speaking English in authentic situations.
Students were divided into eight groups, and each group had to present one of the selected countries: Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, China, Russia, and Greece. They played the roles of chefs, interviewers, presenters, material handlers, photographers, reporters and organizers. On the day of the festival and in front of the guests, each group had to prepare a salad that reflected the traditions of the countries they represented, in addition to videos and PowerPoint presentations about them.
An exotic and amazing interaction occurred among students and parents while the students were introducing the countries and preparing the salads. The festival ended with the parents tasting the delicious salad recipes prepared by their young sons and daughters. Those delicious salad recipes along with many others are found in the cook book that our 6eme Iron Chefs and Barefoot Countesses inscribed as a performance task of their reading unit.
Below are some of the students’ feedbacks about the festival:
Karen Hasoun said, “It was an amazing experience, where we really enjoyed working cooperatively in this festival. I liked how we interacted in the festival.”
Imad Chams and Khalil Seif Eddine said, “We liked the recipes; they were really delicious. Parents enjoyed tasting them as well.”
Nour Nassar and Malak Issa said, “Working as a team creates a successful work.”
Amani Soussi- English Language Teacher

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