Dancing Dabka

En esta semana, los grupos bilingües de secundaria han disfrutado de una experiencia muy enriquecedora en la clase de Educación Física gracias a la colaboración de nuestra auxiliar de conversación, Abeer, de origen Palestino y procedente de EEUU.

Abeer quiso compartir con nosotros una parte de sus raíces enseñándonos un baile regional llamado Dabka. Nuestros alumnos lo aprendieron y pusieron en práctica, trabajando con ello sus habilidades físicas, rítmicas y sociales, al tiempo que abrían sus mentes para tomar contacto con una cultura diferente a través de un idioma extranjero como vehículo conductor, el inglés. El resultado fue una hora muy agradable y divertida en la que, como bien dice Abeer, el mundo se hizo un poco más pequeño en el gimnasio del Zaframagón.

 

Por último, os dejo una reflexión personal de Abeer:

"As the North American Cultural Ambassador to IES Zaframagón, I was entrusted with facilitating dialogue in the English language in a variety of subjects, including Physical Education. At first, I was nervous about assisting in PE, since athletics was never a strength of mine. Pablo, the PE teacher recommended that I could teach the students a dance instead of the typical sports. I was inspired to teach my students how to perform dabka. Dabka is a traditional Arabic group dance where all participants hold hands and perform unified steps with their feet. It is a dance that I've learned from my Arabic roots. By teaching students this dance, I became more comfortable as the PE assistant and I was able to share a part of my Palestinian heritage. Although I see all of these students in the other courses, this class really brought us together. They paid close attention to the dance steps and practiced it many times, until they became great at it. I was honestly impressed by their reception and performance. What confirmed the success of my dabka lessons, was the students' desire to remember it with a photograph. Pablo and I now share these photos with you all. It brought me great joy to teach my Spanish students an Arabic dance with instructions in the English language. In these PE classes, the world got a little smaller". --AM

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