I’m from Iran. Taiwan. I’m from Indonesia. I’m from Iran. I’m from Brazil. I’m from France.
A dozen immigrants and refugees from different parts of the globe gather here in the kitchen of the Free Library of Philadelphia.They’re participating in the library’s “Edible Alphabet” program.So today is our last class and we are going to make a pizza.In this program, we are using food as a vehicle for learning.Each week, the students are learning English through a recipe, and they’re learning the names of ingredients.They’re learning where to buy the ingredients.They’re learning how to navigate a grocery store.Each participant is partnered with another who’s native tongue is different from their own.
Today they discussed the pizza toppings. And for B, the first picture is someone is, yes, mixing some ingredients, so you need to describe the picture to your partner.The idea of “Edible Alphabet” was conceived three years ago when nationality service center, a nonprofit organization that serves refugees, brought a group of torture survivors to the library’s culinary literacy center for a tour.Women from all over the world, many of whom didn’t speak English very well or at all.And by the end of class, we were all sharing pictures of our families.We were talking about our lives, communicating in any way that we could.
It was just a really beautiful moment, and so based on the success of that class, we decided to build “Edible Alphabet”.So we are going to measure the, the dry ingredients, the flour, the salt, and the yeast, then we are gonna…The six-week course is taught by two instructors, and English-as-a-second-language instructor and a chef instructor.We choose our recipes for this class to give our students an idea of what American cuisine and cooking is all about.For example, we choose a lesson on pancakes and use that as a springboard to talk about American breakfast traditions.I think that this class gives our students the cultural literacy that they need to feel comfortable in their new home.The students learn cooking techniques.They make the meal and eat together at the end of the class.I like this class very much because it was fun for me and it was more useful from other classes.
Our students are also sharing that they feel more comfortable in Philadelphia that’s been some feedback that we’ve gotten, that after being in our class that Philadelphia seems to be a friendlier place,and that to me is it’s just beautiful. it’s, it’s a real big part of why we’re doing this in the first place.
For producer June Soh. I’m Carol Pearson, VOA news, Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
美国之音新闻，制片人June Soh，我是Carol Pearson，宾夕法尼亚州费城报道。