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Learn Spanish with movies: El hijo de la novia

Why movies?
  1. Movies are something our students like. At least, they like the format. They are familiarized with them. They probably go to the movies on the weekends with their friends. 
  2. The movies are primary sources for the language. The language our students are exposed through the movies is a native language, produced for/to native speakers.
  3. The language in the movies is real. We will find a lot of authentic registers [poor people talking slang, rich people using a very sophisticated speech...] to work with.
  4. With the right activities (pre-comprehension, ...) movies are not a passive activity but a really "active" activity in our class.
  5. Movies are visual. It is a visual format we (pretty much all) are familiarized with it.
  6. Movies are a huge "exposition" of the target culture. It depends on the movie but lots of them can help us bring up to the table interesting debates/discussions about cultural topics.
  7. Movies stimulate creativity.
  8. Movies develop our students capacity of analysis from different points of view.
A possible sequence to consider for planning purpose:

- Before the movie:
  • Glossary
  • Pre-comprehension activities [Anticipation]
-During the movie:
  • notes
  • comments
  • answers
  • quotes
  • words lists
- After the movie:
  • level-targeted tasks
Sequence based on Martha Florez

In this case, I propose a movie about rethinking our paths through life. The movie also expose us to a good dose of reality. Read the full review in IMDB or in BBC Reviews

It is interesting how many different types of text we can work with our students through movies. We can practice producing a review, a summary, descriptions of characters, dialogues/conversations, informal letter, email, interview, article... 

Ficha técnica de la película:
Título: El hijo de la novia
Dirección: Juan José Campanella
País: Argentina
Año: 2001
Fecha de estreno: 23/11/2001
Duración: 123 minutos
Género: Drama, Comedia.
Reparto: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco, Natalia Verbeke, Gimena Nóbile, David Masajnik, Claudia Fontán, Atilio Pozzobon, Salo Pasik
Productora: Patagonik Film Group, Tornasol Films, JEMPSA, Pol-Ka Producciones

Possible activities are listed below with worksheets and print outs. Enjoy!

Sources and resources:
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