|Our HUMAN CASTLE completely assembled: a Five (number of members locking arms at the base) of Two (number of levels), the rest of the class made the BULK.|
|Wearing the traditional sash|
|Our RISERS getting into position|
|Another band of Human Castle builders studing their position.|
|It started as 3 of 2|
|But ended up as a 4 of 2 with a huge BULK of twelve or fouteen.|
|DISMANTLING our human castle.|
This bodily-kinesthetic activity -in terms of Multiple Intelligences theory- was meant to fulfill a number of purposes:
- Illustrating the point that English Language is not only useful for education, travelling and business but also to share our unique and bizarre traditions with the world, and the fact that castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity last year.
- Not just learning new vocabulary -sash, riser, rider, bulk, etc...- but also linking these foreign words with the emotional content of our own traditions in an attempt to expect a better assimilation of the new code.
- Provoking real emotions of surprise, hesitation, fear, interest,challenge, enthusiasm and satisfaction to express one's feelings with the right language and idomatic expressions -which is an important part of the syllabus.
- And of course, bringing the group together in a collective feat which might unconsciously apply to our goal: making an effort to learn a foreign language; then again, adding a little bit of variety and fun to our classes.
|Another base about to be formed|
|Base and upper level into position|
|There it is, we made it!!|
|A nice perspective from the inside of the base and bulk|
|dismantling our castle|
|to start all over again!|
|And complete another gigantic castle of emotions and fun!|