A group of Language and Literacy Students from TAFE NSW Lithgow College were able to participate in the production of two episodes of Chanel 10's Ready Steady Cook . The trip was organised by their teachers, Frank Thorvaldsson and Eric Chambers after Lisa Turner-Nowak organised tickets for the group to attend.
Ready Steady Cook is popular program shown on Channel 10 (Southern Cross Capital) each week day and involves 'celebrity chefs' who prepare four-course meals in 20 minutes.
Lithgow TAFE Teacher, Frank Thorvalsson said, "Television studios are dynamic workplaces where language is central to every aspect of production. We identified the experience of audience participation in a television show for its potential to demonstrate communication skills and motivate students about workplace participation."
"TAFE NSW Language and Literacy programs focus on spoken and written English language skills and offered to unemployed people to help them gain employment. They aim to build student's confidence about workplaces and their own ability to do further study."
"The excursion was organised to expose the 12 students' to high levels of literacy and numeracy in a different and unusual workplace, but one they could identify with its outcomes The excursion took the students out of their comfort zone and allowed them to experience something entirely new."
"Throughout the program students became much more confident of their ability to communicate and share personal stories as the communication channels were opened. During the filming of the first episode they were in an unfamiliar environment and quite nervous when television cameras trained on them. However, by the filming of the second episode, they were more at ease and able to interact with the presenter, program guests and the film crew."
"The students had an opportunity to learn about the roles of the various people who work in making a television show and the equipment that they use", Mr Thorvalsson concluded.
It was a successful excursion and the Lithgow TAFE College teachers are grateful to the two Community Youth Liaison Officers from PCYC who supported the project and accompanied the group to Sydney. Mr Thorvalsson said he is not sure if those two episodes of Ready Steady Cook have yet been broadcast, but they are hoping they can obtain a copy of the episodes so the students and teachers can see the final outcome.
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