Learning languages, cultures and cuisines in digital interactive kitchens (LANCOOK)


This EU-funded project develops language learning materials for European languages and cuisines: English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian and Finnish.

The project aims to demonstrate both the utility and potential of the materials to promote genuinely situated language learning. It will also develop the first truly embedded sensing environment that can be used for complex real world tasks that comprise meaningful activities that people are highly motivated to engage in, such as cooking.

The materials are represented in terms of a ‘portable digital kitchen’, made up of tablet PC with touch screen and a set of utensils with embedded sensors and additional sensors for other kitchen equipment. This portable digital kitchen can function in any existing kitchen setup, ideally where there is access to kitchen equipment such as a counter, sink and an oven etc.

The pedagogical materials are stored as a software programme in the unit and comprise of an integrated suite of materials for pre-task, during cooking task and post-task use. Each set of pedagogic materials will be produced in 6 different EU languages.  


European Commission (Project 519076-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-KAZ-KAZMP)
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Participating universities:
Newcastle University (UK), Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy), Helsingin yliopisto (Finland), Universität Paderborn (Germany) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).
Dr Paul Seedhouse (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne).
GREIP members:
Dr Dolors Masats Viladoms (local coordinator), Marta Juanhuix Piqueras, Dr Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby.

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