LanCook was a 3 year EU funded Lifelong Learning project which began in December 2011. The project involved the creation of language learning materials in 7 languages which integrate the next generation of innovative approaches to language learning with technology.
Using digital sensors and a task-based language learning approach, LanCook’s materials are designed to promote a genuinely situated language learning experience of a real-world activity.
The materials are housed in a ‘mobile kitchen’ where, via a tablet PC, the kitchen communicates with learners and instructs them in how to cook a typical dish of one of 7 languages linked to 7 European cultures and cuisines: Catalan, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
The kitchens provide step-by-step instructions through an intelligent audio and visual prompting system supported by embedded digital sensors which are inserted in or attached to all the equipment and ingredients. The system also uses information from the sensors to provide other timely feedback linked to specific learner progress through the cooking task.