About the Project

Linguacuisine

The Linguacuisine project is about equality of access and participation in learning, focusing on digital and language skills. The project is a collaboration between Newcastle University, Action Foundation (UK), Hellenic Open University (Greece), Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy) and the Workers’ Educational Association (UK). The 3-year project is funded by an Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership grant.

The Linguacuisine project promotes learning of digital literacy, languages, cuisines and cultures. It does this through co-design of downloadable apps and social recipes, using an authoring tool to develop an online community of practice. We are aiming for widespread adoption of these learning materials with a focus on social inclusion.

Our inspiration

We were previously involved in the very successful LLP-funded ‘LANCOOK’ project,  which produced sensorised digital kitchen equipment. This inspired us with Linguacuisine to create  free downloadable smartphone and tablet apps (Android and Apple). These will enable users to be guided through cooking a range of recipes in six different European languages. The phone or tablet will speak to the users in the foreign language and offer multimedia help to users in terms of photos and videos. Users will be able to access different levels of help to support their language learning. As no sensors are involved, users will let the phone or tablet know when they are ready to move to the next step.

Our objectives

  • To produce a downloadable tablet and smartphone app (android and iphone) which will enable users to be guided through cooking a recipe in six official EU languages. Further languages can easily be added using the authoring tool.
  • To create an online community of practice with access via the apps. Participants will learn aspects of a foreign languages, cuisines and cultures by using the apps.
  • To develop a certification system for the digital competence which participants develop. The needs addressed are: improving basic skills, specifically digital competence, and engaging digitally marginalized groups (including refugees and migrants) with technology; certifying and assessing levels of digital competence; learning foreign languages, cultures and cuisines.