Quels genres de nourriture sont les plus populaires parmi les vendeurs de rue ?

Que peux-tu apprendre d’un pays à partir de la nourriture vendue dans la rue ?

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unit overview

The traditional “food” unit is just too big! We’ve zoomed in to focus on talking about popular street foods. Learners will be able to order, give opinions, give simple recommendations, and ask and answer basic questions about street foods.

Proficiency Range:

⊕ Novice Mid – Intermediate Low

Theme Connections:

⊕ Contemporary Life


Length: ~10 days

Talking about these topics:

⊕ popular street foods in the target cultures (poutine, crepes, etc.)

⊕ main ingredients (meats, veggies, etc.)

⊕ street carts, food trucks & cafes

⊕ reviews

Using these language skills:

⊕ understanding descriptions, menus & reviews

⊕ describing street foods & places

⊕ giving opinions about foods & places to eat

⊕ ordering & asking simple questions






Interpretive Listening

Interpersonal Speaking

Interpersonal Speaking

Presentational Writing

Presentational Speaking

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What are some of the most traditional street foods from different countries around the world?

Possible: Crepes, poutine, falafel and kebab, ndambe (a senegalese sandwich featured on Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain)

frites stands in Belgium (France 24)

la Chandeleur / Feb. 2

Qui mange des crêpes quand la Chandeleur est arrivée, est sûr d’avoir argent pendant l’année.

Si point ne veut de blé charbonneux Mange des crêpes à la Chandeleur.

Giving credit where credit is due…

Editing & translations by Nathalie S., Floriane B. and Hunter M.

Resources curated by Laura P.

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  1. rmazor

    The first two objectives have errors, and they are wrong wherever they appear. It should be “Je peux parler de la poutine.” and “Je peux parler des crêpes.” Some of the other objectives sound awkward to me, but I think I need to consult with a native speaker before I comment on those. =)

    • Kara Parker

      Here’s what our native speaker editor from France said about those two: « Je peux parler de crêpes » means you can talk about crêpes in general (the batter recipe, how to prepare and cook them, sweet or savory…). « Je peux parler des crêpes » almost implies you’re referring to a specific stack of crêpes in front of your face.
      Both sentences with la poutine work. I lean toward it staying more generic. What are your thoughts?? She has looked at all the objectives, so they should be correct unless I copied something wrong.

    • Kara Parker

      I’m starting the pages for the lessons today. Thanks for the resources!

  2. Megan Smith

    Glad you did too! We try to choose resources that are engaging and appropriate – but we sometimes miss the mark! Please let us know if you find a better option and we can replace and improve the lesson!

  3. Sarah Giddens

    Question I’ve been struggling with recently: In your essential question you address a cultural perspective – what does the food tell you about the culture – however, in the activities you appear to focus more on the products and practices. I recognize products and practices are how we interact with the perspectives, but how do you get students to arrive at an understanding of that perspective? (whether formally or informally assessed).

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    • Kara Parker

      Hey Sarah! I’d assume that they may answer that at a basic, black/white level and make some connections/comparisons. You may want to give some questions to get them started. For example: Street food is popular in X, but not as much in X. This could imply that eating is considered… a necessary action, but is done quickly. In the US, there are few food stands because of strict rules/regulations. Food trucks are more popular here. They are also popular in Canada. This street food is influenced by another culture. These ingredients are from the area (because it grows there). Their answers will vary depending on which ones they learn about.
      Do you have a suggestion for rewording the question so it fits better? Essential questions are something I’m learning more about as well.

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