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Denes Shakespeare twist

PUBLISHED: 16:01 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:35 05 July 2010

YEAR nine pupils at Denes High School, in Lowestoft, gave a new take on Shakespeare when they performed a scene from The Tempest, in French.

The performance was the end product of a four-week cross-curricular project led by the English department who had to teach parts of the play for the SATs exams.

YEAR nine pupils at Denes High School, in Lowestoft, gave a new take on Shakespeare when they performed a scene from The Tempest, in French.

The performance was the end product of a four-week cross-curricular project led by the English department who had to teach parts of the play for the SATs exams.

The modern foreign languages department devised a number of lessons to support what the pupils were learning in other subject areas, but also to put foreign language learning into a differently, previously unexplored, context.

In collaboration with the drama department, 10 pupils were selected to perform act three, scene two, and due to time restraints were only given a short amount of time to pull it all together.

Julie Smith, head of modern foreign languages, said: “The pupils were amazing. They worked extremely hard and on the day of the performance managed to perform in most cases without the script. This was a huge achievement for those involved and has given a new dynamic to language learning.

“I would also like to congratulate our international studies' students on designing and making the masks, which represented the different characters and acted as the costumes on the day.”

Natalie Dores, head of drama, added: “This is the first time that I have directed a performance in a foreign language and I am no expert. However, the pupils took it all in their stride and made me immensely proud to have been a part of this.”

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