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Teacher’s Homework – [1.] A Matter of Taste

Saltwater Taffy

Oh, yes, believe it or not, teachers also have homework, and yes, it is homework they mostly give themselves after getting inspiration from their students. My homework today is, as the title hints, a matter of taste, and I would like  to start with one of the five, namely the sweet taste. This post comes with a warning for all of you out there with a sweet tooth.

It all started from the innocent little word chew, plural chews, the category of sweets which includes candy like Toffee and the traditionally American Saltwater Taffy. I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew with my topic, so I’ll reveal the red thread that led me to the “candy store online archives”, on the world wide web.

Without further ado, let’s click to find out:

Kitchen Utensils 1

1. Why is it called Saltwater Taffy?

2. How is Saltwater Taffy made?

Kitchen Utensils 2

3. Which utensils are essential for baking something sweet in my own kitchen?  

4. Where can I listen to and learn from great cooks about the art of baking?

Kitchen Utensils 3

5. How about an apple cake?   Sounds easy when you hear Deb Perelman pull up her sleeves and get on to baking it on this BBC podcastDeb's Apple Cake

6. Who is Deb Perelman and what connects her to the Smitten Kitchen?

7. Where can I find some pics of the best British sweets? The Telegraph has the answer

8. What about some traditional American treats? Or top 10 desserts?

9. Mmm… and Polish ones? Polish Krowki - Milk Toffee Candy

10. …Or RomanianSavarina

Oh, my, and this is just the beginning…  The rest coming up soon!

Adios, everyone!

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Q & A on the Topic of TRAVELLING (1)

Assuming you were required to interview an Erasmus student about the time he spent during a semester abroad, what questions would you come up with?

On Sunday 7th, from 9 pm, tune in to the radio show, “Cultural me, Cultural you,” on RadioWiD. During this radio show you will be able to listen to three interviews and solve the tasks below.

TASK 1: Listen to the interview with Pawel Szmurlo & answer the questions.

Before listening to this first interview, take a look at the questions below. They were addressed to an Erasmus Law student who spent one semester in Ankara, Turkey. You will notice that I change some of the questions I intended to use during this interview, in order to adapt them to the fluency and coherence of the live discourse. Here is the original list of questions:

  • What is travelling for you? (Do you remember the learning metaphor we came up with for travelling?)
  • How many countries have you visited so far?
  • When did you make your decision to go abroad on an Erasmus exchange?
  • Why Turkey? Was it difficult to choose?
  • What did you know and/or expect about your life there?
  • How did you get there?
  • Did you study Turkish before?
  • Did you have an initial cultural shock (in spite of preparation)?
  • What did you discover about Turkey and the people in this country?
  • What would you recommend for a first visit to Turkey?
  • If you were to give travellers some advice for their trip to Turkey, what would your suggestions be?
  • Tell us about your studies there.
  • How are the teachers? The students? The student life? Are there many foreign students?Did you notice any significant differences between the Polish and the Turkish educational system?
  • Was there anything you would like to apply here, in Poland, as a student? Any suggestion for the teachers here?
  • Were the four months you spent there enough time for you do/ learn/see what you wanted to?
  • Would you go back? Why?/Why not?
  • What other countries would you like to visit? For how long?
  • Where do you see your home?
  • What are your aspirations for the future? What do you see yourself doing (what job) and where?
  • Would you agree with the statement that travelling can be a profession?

1.1. During this first interview write down the changes you notice  (questions I add, change, or omit).

1.2. What other questions would you have added to the list? Write them down.

Task 2: Listen to the next interview with Brian Gehrish & answer the questions.

2.1 Did I use any of the questions you thought about?

2.2. What other questions would you have asked Brian?

Task 3: Listen to the third interview with Alexandra Moldovan and Iuliana Csapo & answer the questions.

3.1. Did you discover anything new by listening to the two interviewees? If yes, what was that?

Further Questions

3.2.Which speaker(s) did you understand best? Why do you think so?

3.3. Which interview was the most interesting for you?

3.4. What are your thoughts on travelling?

Write your comments below and bring your detailed notes to class for further reference!

Have an inspiring weekend!

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