Spanish for Culinary Professionals

Spanish for Culinary Professionals is a free language course designed for students with no previous experience with the Spanish language. The course is designed with six Learning Modules, with specific learning outcomes (goals) for each Module. Mastery of each Learning Module is generally dependent upon content mastery of the previous Module, and content can be mixed and matched appropriately. All lessons and tools provided by LEAF are accessible under the Creative Commons license.

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Instructional Resources for All Modern Language Courses:

Module 1
Demonstrate greetings, introductions, culinary tools and utensils, and apply basic linguistic and phonetic structures of the Spanish language.
  • The Spanish Alphabet
  • Spanish Vowels and Vowel Sounds
  • Stress and Intonation Systems
  • Characters and Accent Marks
  • Nouns and Adjectives
  • Singular and Plural Nouns
  • Masculine and Feminine Nouns
  • Definite Articles + Hay
  • Indefinite Articles + Hay
  • Saying Hello and Goodbye
  • Culinary – Common Tools
  • Culinary – Utensils and Place Settings

Module 2
Ask, and respond to, basic questions about geographic origins and culinary professions.
  • Adjective Agreement
  • Adjective Placement
  • Subject Pronouns
  • Verb Conjugation Basics
  • Basic Negation (Saying No!)
  • The Verb SER – Basics
  • The Verb SER and Origin
  • The Verb SER with Professions and Titles
  • Culinary – Professions
  • Culinary – Human Resources

Module 3
Engage numbers 0-1000, various food items, and will begin to utilize the verb TENER with the possession of objects.
  • Numbers 0-10
  • Numbers 11-30
  • Numbers 30-100
  • Numbers 100-1000
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Culinary – The Market
  • The Verb TENER – Basics
  • The Verb TENER with Possession

Module 4
Utilize the verb ESTAR with locations, the verb IR+A, and places in the city associated with food and dining.
  • The Verb ESTAR – Basics
  • The Verb ESTAR with Location
  • The Periphrastic Future (IR+A)
  • Culinary – Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants
  • Places In The City – Food and Drink

Module 5
Indicate time periods utilizing days, months, seasons, and telling the time.
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • The Four Seasons
  • The Verb SER and Telling Time
  • The 24 Hour Clock

Module 6
Ask questions using interrogatives, and indicate common culinary-related actions using present-indicative [-AR], [-ER], and [-IR] verbs.
  • Culinary – Methods
  • Culinary – Advisories
  • Spanish Interrogatives (Asking Questions)
  • Regular [-AR] Verbs
  • Regular [-ER] Verbs
  • Regular [-IR] Verbs