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Language classes celebrate International week through cuisine

Lily Kahane
International Week on the Upper Campus is filled with traditions... many of which involve food. Read on to learn how SC's language students celebrate what they are currently learning in class!



It has become an annual tradition during the Upper School’s International Week: each language course offered at Sierra Canyon participates in creating a booth during Lab to display their language’s culture through one food item.

First, each language class decides on picking a specific food item that will best represent the culture and the traditions of their language. For example, the French students prepare crêpes; the Spanish students prepare tamales; and the Latin students prepare pesto pasta.

After that is done, these chosen food items are then offered to all the students on the Upper Campus for purchase during Lab to raise money for each of the classes. This activity allows students who have gone on to a high-leveled language course to become involved in helping raise money for their class, and participate in fun and engaging school wide activities that are based off of student body participation. All students in the high-leveled language classes volunteer to bring items to help make their dish and are the ones who sell all the food to their fellow classmates during the lab period.

This tradition of creating different food booths has allowed students to feel a sense of pride for the language they are learning, and it also acts as a fun bonding activity for those who participate in selling the food at the booths.

All students love this activity during World Languages Week because even if you are not working a booth, you can still test out all the different delicious dishes that are being sold that day!
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