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A different cooking video to celebrate 5 de mayo

Posted by Alvaro

Food is a very important part of every culture, and something students usually love. That’s why one of our first icebreakers was about how to cook Spanish omelette: “La tortilla de España”, based on one of our most successful lessons when we were teaching Spanish in the U.S., shows how to cook this famous Spanish dish, that you can prepare with your students as long as you have some cooking facilities at your school.

For those teachers who can’t cook at school or who haven’t got enough time we created the program “Cocina fácil”. In the first episode, we explained how to make gazpacho, another famous Spanish dish that doesn’t require a proper kitchen and that can be made in just 20 minutes.

Following its success, we’ve decided to film a second episode of Cocina fácil, this time about guacamole. We wanted to make something different this time, and “Cocina fácil: el guacamole” is definitely not the standard cooking program. It tells the story of Vicente Herrera, “el tiburón” (the shark), a young man with an endless appetite who calls his friend Julieta hoping to eat something at her place. However, Julieta -a young Mexican girl with an excellent reputation as a chef- is not at home, has no money and only has a few minutes before “el tiburón” arrives. Does it sound familiar? We’ve tried to set a scene similar to the one many teachers face at school: lack of time, money and resources. So… what’s the solution? As Julieta says, it’s simple: guacamole.

The result is a 7-minute video that features optional Spanish subtitles and that you can preview in low resolution in the icebreaker section. As usual, the package also includes a PDF document with activities to do before, during and after watching the video, the transcript of the audio activities and video, and the answer key.



As far as the grammar, “Cocina fácil: el guacamole” covers the formal commands (usted / ustedes) and how to use them with an object pronoun (lo, los, la, las). The vocabulary focuses on recipes, with key verbs such as “añadir”, “aplastar”, “cortar”, “lavar” and “pelar”, and other words related to cooking such as “aguacate”, “cebolla”, “cilantro”, “cuchillo”, “limón”, “maíz”, “tenedor”, “tomate”, “tostadas” and “sal”.

We look forward to receiving your comments about this icebreaker, telling us how the class went. Remember, there is no excuse: you just need a bowl, a fork, a knife and some cheap easy-to-find ingredients to give a Mexican taste to your class. It’s “cocina fácil” after all.

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Comments:

reinadeoz said on Fri, September 06, 2013

This video is very funny. Could also prepare a delicious guacamole

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