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PHS Faculty Member Attends UConn Spanish Summer Institute

Plainville High School World Language Department faculty member Joanne Choquette opted for extended learning over her summer vacation, participating in the University of Connecticut's Spanish Summer Institute, sponsored by the Uconn Early College Experience Program. The three day professional development institute was held on the main UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut in August.

The program, entitled "Fashion, Design, Art & Identity in Spain" was taught by professors Ana Maria Diaz-Marcos, and Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, both from Spain, and was conducted completely in Spanish. Students discussed the history of Spain from 1974 to the present, Spanish art and fashion, the art and design of Javier Mariscal, the movies of Pedro Almodovar, and Spanish humor. Choquette and fellow classmates also enjoyed a number of immersion activities including exploring websites, viewing videos and a full-length movie entitled "La Flor de Mi Secreto," designing comic strips in Spanish, reading and discussing articles about contemporary Spain, discussing Spanish fashion and critiquing Spanish art. Rounding out the immersion experience was exploring Spanish cuisine featuring authentic Spanish foods including paella and flan.

According to Choquette, the entire three day program was total immersion in the Spanish language and culture, which she plans to share with students in her Spanish 4 Class at Plainville High School during this school year. "I hope to use many of the great ideas I acquired in this program with my Spanish students throughout this school year. It was a very enjoyable and informative three days of study," said Choquette.

-Posted on September 15, 2014 at 01:54 PM

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