An Erasmus+ project created an app called Linguacuisine that allows people to share and create recipes that aid language learning and encourage the acquisition of digital skills. The project initially involved 40 participants who had little or no digital skills, including refugees and migrants. Bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, the project also enables users to build cooking skills and develop cultural awareness. The project has so far been very successful and the app has gained popularity. It is free and can be a great motivation for learning, particularly language learning. By cooking and eating the food afterwards, users are encouraged to remember words through sensations, particularly smell, taste and touch. Using these senses and utilising kinaesthetic learning styles aids in language retention. Learning through cooking can be great fun and helps to explain why the app has become so popular. In celebration of the project’s success, the Linguacuisine team are holding the LinguaChef competition.
The competition runs from 14 June 2019 – 31 August 2019 and encourages people to upload a recipe to the app using the Linguacuisine recipe author software. This involves using or opening a Googlemail account to access the software, then recording yourself cooking the recipe and uploading it to the recipe player, as well as notifying the team that your recipe is a competition entry. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of £200 and a LinguaChef Gold Certificate. Two runner-up prizes will provide the winners with a £50 cash prize and a LinguaChef Silver Certificate. Entries will be judged during September and the winner will be announced on 30 September 2019. More details on how to enter can be found on the Linguacuisine website.
For more information on Linguacuisine, read Paul Seedhouse's blog post about it here.