**Updated 23 Jan. to correct a link in the handout.**
Our next unit in the novice classes is based around food and hunger when we resume classes on Wednesday. Though we are technically beginning new classes, the vast majority of my students were also in my class in the fall, so we lose very little time to the transition, and will start with new material on day one. Our first goal will be “I can say what I want on my sandwich.”
Over the course of the unit we will discuss popular foods from around the world, but to begin I wanted to start with something that is familiar to students. In the town where our school is located, there are two national chain restaurants: Subway and McDonalds. We have a significant Spanish-speaking community, so using Spanish in Subway is not a stretch of the imagination. We also get to talk about several ingredients that then we can mix and match when we look at menus from restaurants around the world.
So without further ado, here is what we will be doing on our first couple of days in class. Students will use iPads to access Subway sites in Argentina and Mexico, and will use the content there to interpret key words and concepts. Students will answer personalized questions about their preferences as they work through the activities. I did a version of this activity last year and it was well-recieved. Students were excited by the “I can actually do this!” notion, and we are hoping for a repeat this year. I hope that you will find these activities helpful in your classroom as well. 🙂