Cookery is a Real Mouthful

30 April 2018 | English & Maths, Hospitality & Catering

He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, famous German writer and statesman. 

Language skills are something we can always improve and develop, and students from City College Plymouth have been doing just this through a series of hands-on courses. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students have been combining cookery and conversation to improve their English.

Aromatic smells wafted from the kitchen, causing mouths to water and bellies to rumble, as the ESOL students whipped up a Thai green curry on the last day of the course.

They were helped by City College’s Chef Lecturer, Richard Farleigh, who said: “Here at the College we have a large number of students for whom English is a second language and we wanted to design a fun and interesting way to help them improve their communication skills. Combining language with an activity, like cooking, has been proven to be a very effective way to learn; so we created a programme to feed both their minds and stomachs.

“This course has been a great success and I have really enjoyed teaching them. Over just a few weeks I have noticed an improvement and I’m hoping they will leave us hungry to continue improving their language and cooking skills.”

Covering everything from developing knife skills to cooking on a budget, the course culminated in an exam where the students had to create three healthy meals from a long list of ingredients.

Those looking to improve their English skills or learning something new can find out about the full range of programmes available at City College’s Drop-in event on Wednesday 16 May, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.


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