Manuel Matos Moquete receives Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Essay Award
He was awarded for his work "One Hundred Years of Teaching Spanish in the Dominican Republic", published by the INTEC Publishing Fund in August of last year.
SANTO DOMINGO. The Ministry of Culture awarded to the research professor of the Area of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Dr. Manuel Matos Moquete, the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Essay Prize, in the form of free essay, for his work “One Hundred Years of Teaching Spanish in the Dominican Republic: Historical Perspective”.
The distinction was given to him during the ceremony of the Annual Literature Awards 2012, which was held in the Aída Bonnelly room of Díaz of the Eduardo Brito National Theater, and which was headed by Luis O. Brea Franco, advisor to the Ministry of Culture; Basilio Belliard, director of Literary Management; Valentín Amaro, director of the Book Fair and Nerva Fondeur, coordinator of the Vice Ministry of Cultural Heritage.
The work of Matos Moquete, published by the Editorial Fund of INTEC in August of last year, states that curricular reforms have been an important aspect of education, but not the fundamental to achieve a good performance in educational quality indicators.
The book analyzes a century of all the situations that influenced the teaching of the Spanish Language subject and how that imported language became the fundamental one. For the author, the teaching of this subject is indivisibly associated with the concepts of homeland and culture.
Matos Moquete is a postgraduate coordinator and a master's degree in applied linguistics at INTEC, a member of the Academy of the Language of the Dominican Republic and a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE).
At the ceremony he was also awarded with the José Gabriel García National History Prize, in the modality of compilation of historical documents, the former Regent of INTEC Bernardo Vega, for the work "Political Negotiations during the Military Intervention of 1965".
During the award, Julio Adames was distinguished with the Salomé Ureña de Henríquez National Poetry Award for the work "Tempo alcoholico", while the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Essay Prize, in the socio-political essay modality, was awarded to Neici Zeller for the work "Discourses and feminine spaces in the RD 1880-1861" and in the literary essay modality, Juan Carlos Mieses was recognized for the work "Apología de las palabras".
The National Short Story Award José Ramón López was received by José Manuel Fernández Pequeño for the work "El alma secreta" and the National Novel Prize Manuel de Jesús Galván was awarded to Roberto Marcallé Abreu, for the work "La manipulation de los mirrors" .
Likewise, the Aurora Tavárez Belliard National Children's Literature Prize was awarded to Virginia Read Escobal for the work "El Pacto de Guani". In the same way, the National Prize of Cristóbal de Llerena Theater was awarded to Haffe Serulle, for "A dream to die".
Other personalities who attended the event were Niní Cáffaro, director of the National Theater, the historian José Chez Checho, and the writers Andrés L. Mateo and Manuel Salvador Gautier, among others.
The Annual Prizes of Literature that the Government gives, through the Ministry of Culture, are destined to award the books of Dominican writers published during a whole year and that they are put under contest, for the consideration of the juries of the award, in equality of conditions.
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