Students get Italian lesson

June 22, 2017

Pasta: Preparation of the gnocchi.

Delicious: Nicolas Runciman-Forster shows off some gnocchi made as part of a language class.

Hands-on: Year 10 students (left to right) Kayla Dibella, Zoe Lyle, Lina Bettanin, Conner Stewart and Joshua Nyangela learn how to make gnocchi with Lina Bettanin (middle).

McGuire College Year 10 language students had fun learning how to make authentic gnocchi pasta with local resident of Italian background Lina Bettanin on Monday.

Mrs Bettanin answered the call, as she has in the past, to help the Italian language class and shared her generations old hands-on recipe with the students.

‘‘I don’t keep the measurements for the recipe, I just do it by memory and feel,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m a mother of seven, so I love helping children.’’

Their languages teacher Maria Calandro said the students actually wanted to learn how to make gnocchi pasta and do cultural cooking so she contacted Mrs Bettanin for her help.

‘‘Mrs Bettanin came from the rural area of Veneto and lived in a patriarchal family unit and in the past has spoken to the students about how all the generations of her family lived on a rural property with close to 40 people under one roof,’’ Mrs Calandro said.

‘‘It’s great for the students to meet and learn about the Italian language and life from someone authentic.

‘‘The students’ language skills were tested in the review of the lesson.’’

Mrs Bettanin actually meet her future husband, Mario, in Shepparton while attending English language class at the age of 17.

‘‘The teacher didn’t speak a word of Italian,’’ she said.

The language students will be travelling to Melbourne next week to compete in an annual Italian poetry competition.

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