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Seton Catholic students use Avengers’ shenanigans to win language contest

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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:00 am

After the Avengers forget their friend Pepper Potts’ birthday, students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School assembled to resolve the situation by making a traditional French dessert.

Nine French III students from Seton Catholic and across the East Valley, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert, won first place for a play about the Avengers they wrote and performed at the Arizona State University Language Fair in February.

“We learned a lot of new French that we hadn’t gotten to yet,” said junior Ana Price. “Overall doing the play was a lot of fun. It was enjoyable to learn this French and not just study out of a book.”

The play focuses on the Avengers learning how to make crème brûlée so they can give Pepper a nice birthday. However, the cooking class degenerates into a fight and develops into a dance scene, French teacher Robin Noudali said.

“It turns out it was a dream sequence that Iron Man had fallen asleep in French class and he is remembering,” she said. “Then it ends with the teacher saying, ‘Next class is cooking class, and we’re making crème brûlée.’”

The students worked on the play during class for several weeks. Through the performance the students improved their pronunciation, memorization and translation skills, which are all necessary to be successful in a foreign language, Noudali said.

The students were then able to compete at the ASU Language Fair against participants from across Arizona. The annual language fair is an opportunity for students to interact with other cultures, languages and experiences through games, booths and competitions.

Noudali also had her French I and II students recite a French poem at the language fair. Both the poem and the play have really affected the students, she said.

“(The language fair) was in February, and in March they’re still saying lines from the play,” she said. “So it’s something they will always remember.”

Junior Sabrina Wozny was Captain America for the play. She said she really enjoyed being that character because he was funny and patriotic.

“When we were making his lines we added American elements,” she said. “So he would want us to make an apple pie or he would say the Pledge of Allegiance in French.”

While the memorization and preparation for the play was difficult, Wozny said it was worth it after winning the competition.

“We worked so hard everyday and focused on it, and when we actually got to perform it in front of everyone, it was really great,” she said.

• Shelby Slade is a sophomore at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is an intern with the Tribune this semester. Reach her at tribintern@evtrib.com.

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