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Cook up a language lesson

We all know that learning a new skill, whether it’s cooking or a foreign language, is easier if it’s put in context, so the Linguacuisine app is on to a delicious winner.

Choose from 13 languages to cook in, including English, Greek and Japanese; pick a recipe, then follow along, associating the actions, ingredients and tastes to the new words you’re learning. Plus, if you think it’s a good idea, you can record and upload your own recipes to share with other users.

The app was developed by a collaboration between Newcastle University, Action Foundation (UK), Hellenic Open University (Greece), Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy) and the Workers’ Educational Association (UK) and funded by an Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership grant. It’s been chosen by HundrED as ‘one of the world’s most inspiring innovations in bilingual education’.

Linguacuisine has been such a success – with no fewer than six studies finding it’s an effective language learning tool – that Newcastle University is now looking for more projects that teach languages within contexts that it can turn into an app.

Image courtesy of Linguacuisine
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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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