J’aime la pizza

A.G. Baillie students go from classroom to Alice’s Pizza for French vocabulary lessons

Published on May 28, 2014

Quelles sont tes garnitures préférées sur ta pizza?

That’s the question that Grade 5 Core French students from A. G. Baillie Elementary School were asking yesterday.

It wasn’t only to learn new pizza-oriented vocabulary words ‘en français’ but so the students could actually put together pizza pies.

They weren’t in the classroom though. The students were at Alice’s Pizza in Blue Acres.

Cheryl Corbin, the Grade 5 core French teacher, said that the class is working on a pizza themed vocabulary unit.

“Basically, the question is what do you like to eat on your pizza and the students respond by saying the toppings in French,” she said.  

The class of 24 students was fortunate to have a student who had Pictou County pizza connections. Brennan MacDonald, whose ‘aunt and uncle’ own and operate Alice’s Pizza, decided to pull some weight and see about a field trip to the Pictou County pizzeria.

“We were going to go to the cafeteria to have a pizza party,” said MacDonald. “But I thought why not call my aunt and uncle to see if we can have it there?”

After arranging the bus, time off and a chat with Alice’s owner Spyro Xiros, the class invaded the pizzeria for an authentic Italian dish served in the French language.

“I gave the class a tour of the place and talked about what we do here at Alice’s,” said Xiros, who has owned Alice’s in the Blue Acres location for the past 11 years.

Then, it was into the kitchen where Xiros showed the students his skill in kneading and throwing the pizza dough high in the air. The students got to make their own mini pizzas complete with variety toppings, which they asked for in French.

“It was a truly authentic experience,” said Corbin.

It’s not the first time the teacher has taken students out of the class and into the field. A previous class got to visit the Sugar Moon Farm to experience maple syrup making. It went hand in hand with the class’s theme.

While this is the first time a class has come to Alice’s for a behind the scenes tour in French, Xiros hoped it won’t be the last.

“I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”



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