ISI 2015 Rediscover the Community with Culture and Food by yan li

created on Aug 30, 2015 modified on Jun 21, 2018 01:18


Students will explore and interpret the presence of Chinese culture (particularly represented in food) in St. Louis by interviewing international students who are currently studying at the university on their eating habits, visiting Chinese restaurants, groceries and other businesses in Chinatown to find out about the different food choices, and by building connections with organizations and entities who serve the Chinese community to get involved with Chinese culture and language immersion opportunities. Through these activities, students will discover the world cultures in food, and furthermore, reflect upon themselves, their heritages, and the community. Based on their findings, students will establish the belief in healthy and balanced living. Students will present their projects and celebrate their learnings with a big finale--a potluck party with dishes prepared by students themselves and presented to Chinese Immersion School Students and teachers, promoting a healthier diet and the cultural diversity in the community.     

National Foreign Language Resource Center
Aug. 30, 2015
Yan Li

Language: Chinese

Subject Area(s): lifestyles, restaurant, communities, language and literature

Instructional Context

Audience Location:
St. Louis Chinese Immersion School

Heritage Learners:

Target Audience Description:
St. Louis Chinese Immersion School students and teachers, who are either Chinese learners or Chinese speakers.

Audience Role:
Learners and community partners

Product Description:
Preparing: Students will interview International students or local business owners to find out about how,when,and where Chinese people eat, through comparison and contrast, students will define the healthy and balanced eating habits. Students will search for an authentic recipe for a Chinese dish, go to Chinese grocery store to buy ingredients and cook following the recipe (video tape) Launching: What will be the entry event? Invite a teacher from Chinese Immersion School or a community member to talk about the issues of obesity in the young generation and ask students how they could solve the problem. Task sequence Conduct interviews with international students or local business owners in Chinese about their eating / dining habits, regional variation of Chinese food, Chinese cooking, etc. Briefly describe essential signpost tasks needed for project completion Write a report or a reflection paper on Chinese eating habits, Chinese cooking, and regional variation of Chinese food. Cook a Chinese dish following the recipe, videotape the process of preparation, cooking, and cleanup. Write a food critic Search for an authentic recipe for a Chinese dish Buy ingredients in a Chinese grocery store Final Project: Students will present their discoveries through interviews with Chinese students, Chinese restaurants and grocery store owners, and co-workers from China to Chinese Immersion School students and teachers. Since the purpose is to promote cultural awareness and a healthier community and the audience is grade-school students, students will be showcasing their discoveries using visual, hand-on, and kid-friendly materials. Students will be divided into groups researching on eating habits on a daily basis, holiday celebrations, dining out, food for children, etc. Students are encouraged to design games, play music and show videos to engage their audience. Assessment: What are the expected project outcomes? Students can prepare questions and conduct interviews in regards of people’s preferences, period of stay in the U.S., and customs; students can analyze and summarize the responses they collect and compose a presentation on Chinese culture’s presence in the community; students can compare Chinese culture and that of their own How will content be assessed? Students will write journals and reflections on their experiences and will be assessed by presentations when showcasing their findings. How will language be assessed? During class time, students will be assessed by quizzes, tests, as well as conversations on language skills. How will 21st Century skills be assessed? Students will work collaboratively and will be utilizing technology as a tool to research, organize, and communicate information. They will develop workplace skills such as PPT presentations, interviews with people, setting up appointments, etc. Students will also be assessed on their global awareness, the critical thinking and problem solving, social and cross-cultural skills, financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy, through reflections on their own cultures and the connection with other cultures. They will demonstrate leadership and responsibility when they collaborate with their team members. How will knowledge of the culture be assessed? Students will have tests, quizzes, and presentations on culture to get their knowledge of culture assessed. Students will write essay, reflection paper, or discussion board entries, with which the cultural knowledge will be evaluated. How will the final product be assessed? The final product will be assessed based on the presentation they have prepared, whether it has all the required elements; the display board, whether it has the information clearly stated on healthy eating

Product Target Culture:
Chinese Food Culture

Language Proficiency

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World Readiness Standards

Cultural comparisons
Language comparisons

Lifelong Learning

Making Connections
Acquiring Information and Diverse Perspectives

School and Global

Relating Cultural Products to Perspectives
Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives


21st Century Skills

Interdisciplinary Themes
Global Awareness

Life and Career Skills
Flexibility and adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Social and Cross Cultural Skills

Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Interdisciplinary Themes
Health Literacy

Project Sequence Overview