Book Chapter

The language of food: carving out a place for food studies in language curricula

Matt Absalom, Lara Anderson

Intersections in Language Planning and Policy: Establishing Connections in Languages and Cultures | Springer Nature B.V. | Published : 2020


This chapter argues for the place of food studies in tertiary language studies programs. With a myriad of changes to education throughout the twentieth century, language study lost its eminent position as a gateway to higher learning, which means we are required to articulate our relevance to students and university governance. Food and food culture have great appeal amongst students and carving out a place for food studies in our language curricula allows us to generate a new interest amongst a changed student cohort. As well as providing students with an enriching way of learning about other cultures, the non-canonical and universal phenomenon of food or food discourse has the advantage of..

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