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ISK Hosted the First Quixote Fair in Africa
By Maria Vioque 21-Sep-16
The International School of Kenya’s high school Spanish Department hosted the first Quixote Fair in Africa on 6 May 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel De Cervantes y Saavedra. The fair served to introduce, in an interactive way, his masterpiece Don Quijote de la Mancha to the Spanish students. This celebration was an opportunity to discover the characters and concepts portrayed in Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Students looked into quixotic personalities—failed heroes of our history—and quixotic or unworkable ideas. They were given the opportunity to travel through the tunnel of time into the medieval past, dressing in costume and listening and dancing to music of the16th-century. In every stage of planning this event, the teacher served as a facilitator whose role was to help students tackle a common task. Students used technology to create a unit plan and design lessons with the aim of developing an understanding of the subject. The staging of the final project synthesized all the knowledge gained from this unique approach, using communication in Spanish as a way of transmitting knowledge. In addition, the teaching practice enhanced student research and social skills, self-management, creative and critical thinking, and communication in a second language. The result of the Spanish students’ hard work was spectacular and the Spanish Fair was filled with laughter and entertainment. The classroom hosting the fair was filled with elementary, middle, and high school Spanish students. Everyone enjoyed the event and learned something new. Maria Vioque is a Modern Language Teacher at ISK.
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