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Exercises and Examples - Instructional Texts - Writing
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Instructional Texts 1: Recipes, Giving Directions, How-to Texts worddoc (1 page) It includes a Cooking Glossary and 2 activities: Writing Activity: Notice the format and the language used in recipes, e.g., format: ingredients first, language: imperatives. Forget about the format peculiarities of recipes on the Internet. Oral Activity: Notice the differences when we tell somebody how to make a meal. For instance, we combine the imperative with “have to” and “should” and “must”. Before writing your recipe or preparing your monologue, read several recipes and practice explaining them.

2 Recipes + exercise pdf file (1 page) Samosas and Paella
Before writing your recipe or preparing your monologue, read several recipes and practice explaining them. Focus: textual analysis and cultural insights. Notice the structure—layout with a list of ingredients and then an explanatory paragraph. Notice the language—use of imperatives and omission of certain words. Exploitation: Reading (two recipes) + Vocabulary (working on vocabulary: list verbs connected to cooking: which are for ways of cutting?, of cooking?, of handling food?) + Writing (a recipe for Empanadillas and Paella, + preliminary comment) + Speaking/Listening (explaining to classmates).


Recipe 1: about 100 words. Potato Omelette From Sofeminine external link

Ingredients:
4 eggs
15 new potatoes
2 onions
3 tablespoons olive oil

Recipe:
Wash, peel and thinly slice potatoes.
Slice onions.
Beat the eggs in a bowl, season.
Heat oil in a frying pan, sauté onions.
Add potatoes and leave to cook over a low heat for 20 or 30 minutes.
Leave to cool and add beaten egg.
Cook for 15 minutes in frying pan.

Advice:
Finish off in oven for 10 minutes.
Serve your omelette in pieces as a snack or starter, or as a main course with a light green salad and some Roquefort.
Eat with sangria.

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