Watching adults urgently scramble to connect to modern youth is one of the most underrated forms of real-life entertainment.
In an unexpected turn of events, staff at the University of Kentucky may have found a route to connect with students without sacrificing any dignity.
According to Eater, the school now offers a class to undergraduates called Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South.
Yup, University of Kentucky students can now actually text friends,
K grl, Ill hit u up after taco class.
But, the curriculum is more than corn tortillas and spicy, saucy goodness.
In an interview with Munchies, Steven Alvarez, deputy prof for the school’s writing, rhetoric and digital examines department, explained how the class began.
Part of it was my participation with the Southern Foodways Alliance. After going to one of their symposiums, it genuinely make me that food is important. The oral histories of food that I hear were astounding. The narratives were really impactful but the food became secondary. It was more about the social connects that people were inducing with food…This class allows our students to explore the issues of immigration, inequality, employees, intercultural communication, and literacy through the prism of food.
Preach. The food-centric lesson scheme reportedly enabled Alvarezs students to complete their assignings far more willingly.
Even the most stubborn of students that “says hes” detest writing love to write when it is necessary to writing about food.
Assignments include restaurant reviews, taco tours and even Instagram posts.
I stimulate my students post on Instagram and use hashtags as a sort of archiving I stimulate my students read their restaurant reviews out loud, too With all of these assignings, my students are practising different storytelling techniques and forms of collecting data. At the very end of the course, my students is likely to be generators of knowledge, have a portfolio full of multimedia food journalism, and they will be over the fajita stage of Mexican food.
Finally, a college class with some meat( and cheese, and tomatoes and lettuce, and beans and guac) to it.
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