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Language learners and tutors gather to share international dishes at “Around the World Food Tasting”

Language learners and tutors gather to share international dishes at “Around the World Food Tasting”

December 7, 2022
 

For the final class session of the Language Partner Program (LPP), over 30 learners of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish gathered with their language tutors for an “Around the World Food Tasting” in the Language House Multipurpose Room in Saint Mary’s Hall on Monday, November 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Pairs of learners and tutors arranged in advance to prepare and present a dish of cultural significance in English to the group. This year’s contributions included main or side dishes such as Chinese red braised pork belly and mapo tofu, Colombian empanadas, Korean kimbap and tteokbokki, Russian pelmeni and vinegrete, South American arepas, and West African jollof rice; snacks such as Japanese onigiri, and desserts such as Chinese egg tarts, French tarte tatin, German Apfelkuechle, Russian blini and sharlotka, and Spanish arroz con leche.

 
 

The LPP program is jointly sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) and the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS). Language learners who are majors or minors in a language taught in the SLLC enroll in a 1-credit course (SLLC309) and meet with their tutors for weekly conversations on a range of topics, which are selected in order to bolster the learners’ communicative and cultural competence. Tutors, typically international students enrolled at UMD, benefit from the program by getting to know undergraduate students who can help them acclimate to an American college campus. Tutors also enjoy sharing their native language and culture with learners and receive a small scholarship in exchange for their participation. Applications for the LPP program are screened during the semester prior to enrollment; the next round of applications will take place in Spring 2023. For more information visit go.umd.edu/LPP.