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Year 8 Spanish Students Present ‘El Carnaval en España y Sudamerica’

24 april 2015

Last Wednesday Year 8 had the opportunity to ‘travel’ to Tenerife, Cadiz, Sitges and Argentina thanks Adios Airlines, an exciting experience created by our students studying Spanish. Spanish Teacher Meritxell Sanz and some Year 8 students tell us more…

  • Year 8 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi celebrate Carnaval
  • Year 8 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi celebrate Carnaval
  • Year 8 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi celebrate Carnaval
  • Year 8 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi celebrate Carnaval

What was the occasion? El Carnaval! This is a very important tradition held around the world and especially in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) which is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival.

Pilot Federico (Frederick Tsao) and air hostess Carlota (Charlotte Dawson) hosted this fantastic show which included presentations, role-plays, a dancing carnival tutorial video, a quiz, a Carnival Lottery and a singing/dancing parade. Students worked really hard preparing the show and enjoyed it very much, especially performing it in their wonderful costumes. All Year 8 Spanish students had a part in the show and performed brilliantly on stage.

The audience received a ‘flight ticket’ at the auditorium entrance and were engaged at all times and responded very well: listening, learning, singing and laughing while watching the comic role plays.

They were extremely surprised when ‘La Loteria del Carnaval’ begun as there were several prices to be won if their flight ticket number was called during the lucky draw. Five students won an outfit, so they will be ready for the next Carnival. Everyone was enthusiastic and had a brilliant time!

Students improved their intercultural awareness while preparing the show as they had to research information about several cities in Spain and several countries in South America. Students also had to create the scripts for the role-plays that were in Spanish and English. To do this, students also worked hard on language and complex structures. In order to ‘assess’ the audience’s understanding, students took part in a quiz to see how much the spectators had learned and remembered.

Personally, once again I am very proud of my students’ work! While preparing for the show, students were analytic and creative, using a lot of linking and meta-thinking. Working in groups, students were highly engaged throughout the activities and during the practices which demonstrated a fulfilling learning experience.

- Meritxell Sanz, Spanish Teacher

We asked some of the students what they thought of being in the show

"Being part of the show was a great experience for me. At the start, I was completely nervous. I usually have stage fright so I was really scared. However, when I got on stage I saw all the happy people laughing at humorous parts of the show. I got on with my lines and everything turned out great! Not only have I learned things about the Carnival and improved my Spanish, but this show really helped develop my confidence. I hope to participate in another one next year’." - Gavin Tan

"I loved taking part in the Spanish show! Helping to create everything making it enjoyable and seeing the crowd’s reactions! By being part of this performance I learnt a lot about Spanish/South American Carnivals and would love to go one day. I hope to take part in another show next year!" - Emmie Louise Crawford

"Practice makes perfect! I learned a lot about the history and purpose of the carnival. It was very exciting and fun to perform and show the crowd what we knew and how hard we had practised to make the show perfect! I felt relieved when it was over, but I would like to do it again! Even though it took hard work and effort, it turned out a success at the end! Being part of this show was truly amazing!" - Stella Ward

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