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This page focuses on the course ES.S41 Speak Italian With Your Mouth Full as it was taught by Dr. Paola Rebusco in Spring 2012.
In this Experimental Study Group seminar, students learned conversational Italian and how to prepare delicious Italian meals, while developing an understanding of Italian culture. Each class consisted of three parts: language instruction, identification of cooking ingredients in Italian, and cooking instruction. The juxtaposition of language learning and cooking provided the students with a unique way to learn and practice Italian. This course was taught in a combination of English and Italian.
The course was offered for the first time in Spring 2012; subsequent offerings are at the instructor’s discretion.
Students were from all different backgrounds and majors.
This course had an enrollment cap of 12 students. Ninety students registered for the course, but because the course is interactive and hands-on, having a small class was important. The students were selected by lottery.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 6 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
In the following pages, Dr. Paola Rebusco discusses aspects of how she created and taught this course.