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Learning area: Language: Indonesian
Year level: Year 7, Year 8
Country: Indonesia
General capability: ICT capability, Intercultural understanding

In this learning sequence, students learn about a variety of Indonesian cuisines through popular Indonesian TV cooking shows. Students will:

  • learn how to describe and respond to questions about favourite foods
  • ask questions to find out about the food preferences of their Indonesian 'study buddy' (Indonesian sister school counterparts)
  • compare their 'study buddy' food preferences with their own and their peers
  • learn how to read and follow an Indonesian recipe and cook a dish
  • create a video of a cooking demonstration in Indonesian.

Key inquiry questions

  • What types of food are popular with young people in Australia and Indonesia?
  • Have Western fast-food chains become the popular norm for Indonesian society (compared with Indonesian traditional cuisines)?
  • How do you think reality-cooking TV shows have influenced Indonesian society?
  • What cultural customs do Indonesians have for food?
  • How can we gain greater intercultural understanding about eating etiquette in Indonesia?


A chef in JakartaAn Indonesian chef

Acknowledgements

Image: Ayana Chef by Simon_sees (CC BY 2.0)

Activity 1: Tuning into Indonesian cooking shows

In this activity, you will view Indonesian cooking shows and compare types of food popular in Indonesia and Australia.

Task 1: Mari menonton TV!

  1. Watch some or all of the video excerpts (on the right) of Indonesian TV cooking shows and promotional advertisements.
  2. After watching, contribute to a class discussion on the culture of Indonesian cooking shows.
  3. Discuss the similarities and differences between Indonesia and Australia, in relation to cooking shows and their current popularity.

Task 2: Preparing to find – Know, Want to know, Learnt

  1. Create a KWL (Know, Want to know, Learnt) template with 3 columns:
    • Kamu sudah tahu apa? – What do you already know?
    • Kamu ingin tahu apa? – What do you want to know?
    • Kamu sudah belajar apa? – What have you learnt?
  2. Complete the first two columns with information about what you know about Indonesian cuisine, recipes, ingredients, and cooking and eating culture.

Task 3: Finding out – Survei

  1. Develop a survey to find out:
    • what food is most popular in your class?
    • what food is most popular in your Indonesian sister school?
  2. Collaborate with the rest of the class to decide on what food should be mentioned in the survey to accommodate both Western and traditional Indonesian cuisines. For example nasi goreng and pizza may both be included on the survey.
  3. Discuss the design and inclusion of food words with your Indonesian 'study buddy'.
  4. Create an online survey using software such as SurveyMonkey
  5. Survey your 'study buddy' in Indonesia to find out what their favourite food types are.
  6. Invite your 'study buddy' to conduct the survey too.

Task 4: Sorting out – Apa makanan favorit kelas kita?

  1. After completing the survey with your 'study buddy', analyse the survey results.
  2. Collaborate as a whole class to combine the findings of your class and those of your sister school in Indonesia.
  3. Create an online graph using software such as Create A Graph to show the similarities and differences between your class and your Indonesian sister school's class.
  4. As a whole class identify and discuss the key findings. 

Activity 2: Tuning into MasterChef Indonesia

In this activity, you will explore cultural aspects of Indonesian cooking shows and investigate Indonesian ingredients and cooking methods. 

Task 1: MasterChef pressure test

  1. Watch one or two of the episodes of MasterChef Indonesia – Season 2 (on the right), which featuring contestants undertaking a pressure cooking tests.
  2. You also watch Top Chef Indonesia Episode 1 Segment 1 (also on the right).
  3. Answer the following questions:
    • What specific language is used?
    • What are the similarities and differences compared with MasterChef Australia?
    • What conclusions can you draw about cultural differences?

Task 2: Grammar focus – Resep Indonesia

  1. View these weblinks for information about Indonesian recipes including ingredients and cooking methods:

  2. Working with a partner, choose one recipe and take note of these features:

    • layout such as title, ingredients, method
    • instructional words such as words that have the suffix –lah and –kan
    • classifiers such as sebuah, sesendok.
  3. Develop a list of useful vocabulary to use when cooking a recipe. Refer to the kosa kata (vocabulary) in the References.

Task 3: Going further – Cara membuat

  1. Watch videos of  Indonesian cooking demonstrations (on the right) including famous Indonesian chefs Farah Quinn and Haryo Pramoe. 
  2. As you watch the videos:
    • identify and list the ingredients
    • take note of the preparation of the ingredients
    • list the steps used to make the dish
    • make a list of step-by-step instructions.

Activity 3: Making connections – Membuatlah video memasak!

In this activity, you will create a video cooking demonstration of an Indonesian recipe and assess your achievements. 

Task 1: Create a cooking demonstration

  1. Create a video of a cooking demonstration of an Indonesian dish for a video entry into MasterChef Indonesia.
  2. You can use a combination of audio and text in your video demonstration.
  3. Find an Indonesian recipe that you would like to cook for your 'signature dish'.
  4. Read, write and revise the recipe including the ingredients and the procedures.
  5. Obtain the ingredients that you need and rehearse your cooking demonstration.
  6. When you are confident enough, ask a classmate to video your cooking demonstration.
  7. Your video should include:
    • a short description of your signature dish which may include its origin
    • all ingredients and their quantities
    • the cooking method with clear step-by-step instructions that will ensure accurate reproduction of the recipe
    • be delivered in Indonesian.

Task 2: Making connections – Kerja bersama!

  1. Collaborate with your Indonesian sister school to share your MasterChef Indonesia signature dish cooking demonstration video via Skype, email, Wiki or blog.
  2. Ask for feedback from your Indonesian peers.

Task 3: Assessment – Asesmen

  1. Develop an online student self-assessment rubric to assess the success of your recipe and cooking demonstration video.
  2. You could use the Languages Online rubric maker.
  3. Reflect on what you have learnt about cooking demonstrations, cooking competitions such as MasterChef and what you have learnt about Indonesian cooking shows.
  4. Review new Indonesian vocabulary you have gained throughout these activities.

In this learning sequence, students learn about a variety of Indonesian cuisines through popular Indonesian TV cooking shows. Students will:

  • learn how to describe and respond to questions about favourite foods
  • ask questions to find out about the food preferences of their Indonesian 'study buddy' (Indonesian sister school counterparts)
  • compare their 'study buddy' food preferences with their own and their peers
  • learn how to read and follow an Indonesian recipe and cook a dish
  • create a video of a cooking demonstration in Indonesian.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and revise how to ask and respond to a variety of questions in relation to foods and drinks: Kamu suka makan apa? and Makanan favorit kamu apa?
  • Learn and revise how to express likes, dislikes and preferences in relation to foods and drinks: Saya suka sekali makan nasi campur tetapi saya lebih suka makan kentang goreng!
  • Learn how to sequence an event (procedural text)
  • Learn instructional language including; suffixes –kan and –lah
  • Create a video of a cooking demonstration in Indonesian
  • Use key vocabulary and phrases relating to cooking various cuisines
  • Develop intercultural understanding about particular social and cultural etiquette around eating and drinking in Indonesian society.

Prior learning

Before beginning this learning sequence, students should:

  • know some vocabulary for various foods and drinks, as well as some useful nouns and adjectives
  • know how to express likes and dislikes in relation to a variety of topics
  • understand how to make verbs using the me– prefix and the ber– prefix
  • understand the use of some prefixes and suffixes, e.g. ber–se–pe––an–nya
  • understand the Indonesian counting system (tens, hundreds and thousands)
  • know how to address people appropriately, e.g. AndakamuBapakIbuMbakBangKak.

Activity 1: Tuning in – Mari menonton TV!

Task 1: These video excerpts of Indonesian TV cooking shows and promotional advertisements provide an opportunity for students to become engaged with the topic 'Exploring MasterChef Indonesia' and to further explore Indonesian cuisines and cooking.

Facilitate whole class discussion on the culture of Indonesian cooking shows on TV. Discuss similarities and differences between Indonesia and Australia, in relation to cooking shows and their current popularity.

Students could undertake further research into other Indonesian TV cooking shows. 

Task 2: Preparing to find –Students complete individual Know – Want to know – Learnt (KWL) template, which is provided as a Word document.

  • Kamu sudah tahu apa?
  • Kamu ingin tahu apa?
  • Kamu sudah belajar apa?

Students complete the first two columns of a Know-Want-Learn template in relation to Indonesian cuisine, recipes, ingredients, and cooking and eating culture.

Encourage students to continually go back and work on their KWL to add comments as they work their way through the learning sequence. It is important that students complete their KWL at the end of the learning sequence. This can be used as part of the students' assessment.

A Kosa kata that can be found in the References provides an extensive list of Indonesian words to describe food and drinks, cooking terms, ingredients, quantifiers and kitchen terms, which can be referred to throughout the activities.

Task 3: Finding out – Survei –Students create a survey to find out about favourite foods of peers at their sister school in Indonesia. A whole class discussion should determine which foods are to be mentioned in the survey. 

The survey design could also be determined in collaboration with the Indonesian sister school. The survey should include a variety of Western and traditional Indonesian cuisines. For example, nasi goreng and pizza may both be included and would be relevant to both Australian and Indonesian students.

Students survey their 'study buddy' to find out about their favourite. The Indonesian sister school could also complete this task, which would provide an opportunity for further student collaboration.

Task 4: Sorting out – Apa makanan favorit kelas kita? As a whole class combine the survey results of each class member and discuss the results. Students then create a graph to illustrate the results by using an online tool such as Create A Graph. 

Whole class discussion could focus on salient features such as:

  • What were the most popular foods?
  • Do our Indonesian sister school 'study buddies' prefer traditional Indonesian cuisine or Westernised fast-food?

Activity 2: Tuning in to MasterChef Indonesia

Task 1: Students watches the video clips (parts 1 and 2) of MasterChef Indonesia, Episode 28, of Season Three.

Facilitate a whole class discussion of the specific language used and ask for comparisons with MasterChef Australia. You may also like students to explore further by showing them a video clip of Top Chef Indonesia (a very similar TV cooking programme to MasterChef).

Task 2: Grammar focus – Resep Indonesia – Ask students to work with a partner to explore various Indonesian websites that feature recipes such as Farah Quinn's website. Discuss the language used in recipes and ask the class to pay close attention to the features of a recipe, such as title, ingredients, method, instructional language, eg suffix –lah and –kan; and classifiers, eg sebuah, sebiji, sesendok.

Ask students to begin developing a list of useful vocabulary and procedural steps to use when cooking according to a recipe.

Provide further opportunities for students to practice the above grammatical learning objectives through a variety of oral and online games.

Task 3: Going further – Cara membuat – Students choose a variety of video clips from the resources provided for the whole class to view. The video clips will provide good examples of Indonesian cooking demonstrations for students to use as models when creating their own cooking demonstration video.

Ask students to watch out for instructional vocabulary using the suffixes –lah and –kan.

Facilitate a whole class discussion on the relevant language that is used in each cooking demonstration.

Students could ask their 'study buddy' in Indonesia to send them a weblink of their favourite Indonesian chef/cooking demonstration and dish.

Activity 3: Making a video – Membuatlah video memasak!

Task 1: Provide students with the opportunity to create their own Indonesian cooking demonstration video.

Ask students to work individually or in pairs to decide on an Indonesian recipe of their choice. This recipe will become their signature dish in their video entry to MasterChef Indonesia.

Photographs of each step of preparing the dish may also be useful for students to use in their video as still shots. Videos can include a combination of audio and subtitles/text. This is an opportunity for students to maximise their use of the Indonesian language.

Note: Before creating the video, ensure that the whole class has collaborated on outlining all the assessment points for this task, which will form the rubric. 

Task 2: Making connections – Kerja bersama! – Students share their MasterChef Indonesia signature dish video of a cooking demonstration with their sister school counterparts via Skype, email or Wiki/blog.

Invite your sister school to complete the same task and share their videos.

Task 3: Assessment – Asesmen – As previously discussed with the class, students assess themselves using the rubric that they have created as a whole class.

Use an online rubric such as Languages Online rubric maker to guide development of the assessment rubric.

Useful websites

Kota kasa (vocabulary)

Drinks
minum to drink
minuman a drink, drinks
air putih drinking water
botol bottle
es ice, iced (adj.)
es batu ice blocks
es campur ice (blocks or shaved) mixed with fruit and syrup
es teler shaved ice mixed with fruit and topped with sweetened condensed milk
es kelapa muda iced young coconut water and shredded flesh (often with sugar or syrup)
es kelapa muda madu iced young coconut water and shredded flesh with honey
jus… juice
jus advokat avocado juice
jus jeruk orange juice
jus mangga mango juice
kopi coffee
susu milk
teh tea
teh botol bottled ice tea
Food
makan eat, to eat
makanan food, foods
makanan Cina Chinese food
makanan Padang Padang food
babi guling spit roast pork
bakso meatball soup
bakso daging sapi beef meatball soup
cabe chilli
cap cai stir-fried vegetables
cumi-cumi squid
daging meat
ikan fish
ikan bakar barbequed fish (literally, 'burnt fish')
kerupuk crackers made of flour (usually with fish or shrimp flavour)
kodok frog
kodok goreng tepung deep-fried frog in batter
lontong rice baton steamed in banana leaf
mi goreng fried noodles
nasi campur steamed rice with assortment of side dishes
nasi goreng fried rice
nasi putih steamed white rice
otak brains
rendang meat simmered in spices with coconut milk
sambal chilli sauce
sambal udang goreng fried chilli prawns cooked in coconut milk
sate satay (small pieces of meat grilled/barbequed on a skewer)
sate ayam chicken skewer (satay)
sayur vegetable
sayur asem sour vegetable soup
siomay/siomai Chinese-influenced steamed dumpling
siomay udang Chinese-influenced prawn dumplings
sop buntut oxtail soup
tahu tofu
telur egg
tempe savoury fermented soybean cake/patty
udang prawn
Adjectives to describe food and drink
asam sour
asin salty
berkualitas terbaik the best quality
besar big
enak delicious (most commonly used)
gurih savoury and delicious
kecil small
lezat delicious
manis sweet
masak cooked (of food), ripe (of fruit)
paling enak the most delicious, the tastiest
panas hot (temperature)
pedas hot and spicy
rasa flavour, taste, feel, think
rasanya> the flavour, it's flavour, the feel (of something)
rata smooth, consistent
sedap delicious
Cooking terms
aduklah stir it, mix it
bakar barbequed (literally, 'burnt')
bersihkan clean it
campurkan mix it
cara membuatnya the method (to make it)
gorenglah fry it
hancurkan crush it
hiaslah decorate it
kupaslah peel it
masakan (masak) the cooked food, the prepared dish
masakkan (masak) cook it (for someone)
masukkan (masuk) put in
memasak (masak) to cook (something)
membuat (buat) to make
memotong (potong) to cut
mencicipi (cicip) to taste
menambahkan (tambah) to add (something)
mencuci (cuci) to wash (something)
mengupas (kupas) to peel (something)
panaskan heat it
potonglah cut it
resep recipe
selama…menit for…minutes (indicates the duration)
tambahkan add it
Ingredients
adonan batter
bahan-bahan ingredients
bawang onion
bawang merah shallots
bawang putih garlic
beras uncooked rice
bumbu spices
cabe chilli
daun bawang spring onion
garam salt
gula sugar
kecap asin salty soy sauce
kecap manis sweet soy sauce
merica pepper
minyak goreng cooking oil
tepung flour
In the kitchen
alu pestle
cangkir cup
cobek mortar
garpu fork
kompor stove top, ring burner
mangkuk, mangkok bowl
panci saucepan
oven oven
piring plate
pisau knife
sendok spoon
sendok makan tablespoon
supit chopsticks
wajan wok, frying pan
Quantities – Classifiers
banyak many, much
kurang cukup not enough (of)
sebagian a piece (of), a part of
sebatang one (cylindrical thing)
sebiji one (small round thing)
sebutir one (round thing)
sebuah one (thing)
sebungkus a packet (of)
sedikit a little
secukupnya as much as needed
semuanya all of it, the whole lot
sepotong a slice (of)
Talking about food and drink
habis finished, used up
Ini terlalu banyak! This is too much!
Kelihatannya enak! Looks delicious!
lebih suka to prefer
sudah habis already finished
suka to like, like
tidak suka to dislike, dislike
Sequencing
yang pertama firstly
yang kedua secondly
yang ketiga thirdly
lalu then
selanjutnya after that
akhirnya finally

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