Practicing English & Good Nutrition
Summer days in Denver, Colorado, are filled with blue skies, sunshine, and a rich harvest of fresh vegetables and fruits. This season also provided International students from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy with an opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch and valuable conversation and research practice in a fun environment at Denver’s Civic Center Eats, a biweekly summer lunch event that boasts “the largest gathering of food trucks in Metro Denver.” ESL Academy students in Rachel Donelson’s intermediate Listening & Speaking class visited the food trucks and interviewed the chefs as part of a study unit on genetically modified (GM) foods and improving nutrition. The students prepared polling questions in advance to ask different vendors. The questions focused on the chefs’ knowledge of genetically modified foods versus organic foods and the types of ingredients that are used.