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Time for tea

Written by the Bell Team

In the spring sunshine at Bell Cambridge last week, our students enjoyed a British tradition, Afternoon Tea.

Bell Cambridge students enjoying their Afternoon Tea in the sunny Bell gardens.

We started the activity by discussing the history of this delicious tradition. Afternoon Tea was introduced by The Duchess of Bedford in 1840, when she became hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Afternoon Tea traditionally features a selection of dainty sandwiches, cake and, of course, scones served with clotted cream and preserves such as strawberry jam. In England there is a big debate on how scones should be eaten – in the county of Devon they put the cream on first, followed by the jam, whereas in the neighbouring country of Cornwall it’s the other way around (jam topped with cream). 

After finding out the history, we indulged in our version of Afternoon Tea: fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, Cherry Bakewell’s, chocolate cake, and not forgetting the tea! Most of our students seemed to prefer the Devon method of eating scones – cream first, jam second! Which do you prefer?

When you are visiting England make sure you try Afternoon Tea at a cute tearoom or a luxurious London hotel such as The Ritz. 

Dainty: delicately small and pretty.
Indulged: Allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the activity our students had:                                                                                   

  • Gained an understanding of the history of Afternoon Tea
  • Experienced a part of British culture
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Practised question forms and modals e.g. could I have? would you like? 
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