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The adventures of Don Quixote in Ivory Coast on the back of an elephant

Abidjan / On the back of an elephant and spear in hand, Don Quixote has left La Mancha to seek out African adventures in “El Quijochico”, a charming adaptation of this masterpiece of universal literature by teachers from the Ivory Coast.

In 191 pages and 15 chapters, ten teachers from various universities and secondary education centers in this West African country seek to “bring students who study Spanish closer to the” masterpiece of literature, “the professor and director told EFE. of the project, Charles N’Dre.

According to the book’s co-author, Zai Salomon, “Ivorian Quixote is not so different (from Spanish). The character remains the same, except that the illustrations in the book contextualize and adapt this Quixote to the Ivorian reality ”.

As the striking illustration on the cover shows, the Quijochico also wears his famous knightly vigilante armor.

But this Alonso Quijano gallops on an elephant in the direction of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro (administrative capital of the country), the largest temple in Christendom built in the likeness of St. Peter’s (Rome) in the eighties of the last century by the Ivorian president Félix Houphouët-Boigny.

The book is accompanied by drawings made by Ivorian children in workshops led by the teachers and authors of the work themselves, and has 77 illustrations that are very varied in terms of style.

The name of the work in Ivory Coast simply means “little Don Quixote, because it is an adaptation,” explained the project manager.

“From a linguistic point of view, it’s rewritten in 21st century Spanish and adapted for our students with accessible syntactic constructions, taking into account the level of language used in class (A1, according to the common European framework of reference for tongues) ”, added Salomon.

566,000 students of Spanish

That the classic by Miguel de Cervantes has been adapted in the Ivory Coast is not a coincidence either.

This country is the country with the most Spanish students in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 566,000 students studying it in institutes, high schools, universities, private teaching centers and teacher training schools; and ranks fifth in the world behind the United States, Brazil, France and Italy, according to data from the Insituto Cervantes.

After the Ivory Coast are other countries such as Benin (412,515 students of Spanish), Senegal (205,000) or Cameroon (193,018) in sub-Saharan Africa, which has more than one and a half million students of Spanish, which makes it the third region in the world in number of students, with 6.5% of the total.

For the Spanish ambassador to the Ivory Coast, Ricardo López-Aranda, this work is “the culmination of a remarkable work”.

“It shows, on the one hand, the value of teachers who are committed to teaching Spanish and who use innovative resources such as this adaptation; and on the other hand, it shows the relevance of Spanish, a very alive language spoken by more than 500 million people as the first language in the world, ”the ambassador told EFE.

The edition of this work, presented on Wednesday at the residence of the Spanish ambassador, has been possible thanks to funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

The book, according to N’Dre, “won’t be available in bookstores, but will be made available to students through libraries, clubs and other extracurricular activities.”

During the presentation of “El Quijochico”, the representative of the Ivorian Minister of Education, Eloi Kouassi, stressed that “the publication of this book is a double opportunity”.

“On the one hand – Kouassi- specified – to reaffirm the importance of teaching languages ​​in general and Spanish in particular; and on the other, to reinforce the dynamics of cooperation between the Ivory Coast and Spain ”. (April 22, 2021, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
A
unos profesores han comenzado a realizar una adaptación de "El Quijote" para sus estudiantes de español.
B
una adaptación de "El Quijote" ha sido realizada por varios docentes de Costa de Marfil.
C
ya está a la venta en todas las librerías una nueva versión de "El Quijote" de Miguel de Cervantes.
Question 2
Según el texto...
A
un grupo de estudiantes de español fueron los que propusieron a sus profesores realizar esta adaptación de "El Quijote".
B
apenas hay ilustraciones en esta adaptación de "El Quijote".
C
el objetivo es acercar esta obra de Cervantes a los estudiantes de español que hay en Costa de Marfil.
Question 3
Sobre el “El Quijochico” se dice que...
A
en esta versión don Quijote ya no lleva armadura ni lanza.
B
en esta versión don Quijote no cabalga sobre un caballo sino sobre un elefante.
C
no está adaptado para que un estudiante de un nivel básico lo pueda leer.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
A
apenas hay estudiantes de español en el África subsahariana.
B
a día de hoy, hay más estudiantes de español en Costa de Marfil que en Brasil.
C
Costa de Marfil es el país del África subsahariana en el que hay más estudiantes de español.
Question 5
Leyendo el texto entendemos que...
A
se espera que "El Quijochico" sea presentado el próximo miércoles en la embajada de España en Costa de Marfil.
B
se desconoce si habrá ejemplares de "El Quijochico" en las bibliotecas de Costa de Marfil.
C
el embajador de España resalta en sus declaraciones la importancia que tiene el idioma español.
Question 6
Según el vídeo...
A
se desmiente que Dalí dibujara a don Quijote.
B
ese espectáculo no está pensado para los adultos sino para los niños.
C
unos dibujos de don Quijote realizados por Alímov fueron expuestos antes del estreno de ese espectáculo.
Question 7
En el vídeo se dice que...
A
no es la primera vez que se hace una representación de "El Quijote" con títeres en Moscú.
B
Alímov desmiente que no haya sido fácil dibujar esas viñetas.
C
las marionetas de los personajes de "El Quijote" fueron diseñadas por Alímov.
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