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¡Vámonos al cine!

Short Movies for Spanish Conversation (First Edition)
Maria Davis
©2020, 224 pages

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    Designed to engage students and inspire lively conversational practice, ¡Vámonos al cine! Short Movies for Spanish Conversation provides language learners with a collection of short films in Spanish, coupled with vocabulary and grammar activities, to support language acquisition and improve their speaking ability. The book and movies help students learn new vocabulary, review grammar, and develop an understanding of Hispanic culture, history, and social habits.

    The text and movies cover a variety of unique and interesting topics, including the influence of technology on personal relationships, romantic and familial relationships, Hispanic culture and history, personal identity and social pressure, immigration, and more.

    For each topical area, students are challenged to read new vocabulary, answer preliminary questions, and make predictions about the movie they are going to watch. Links and QR codes within the text provide students with easy access to the individual films. After watching a film, students read related articles, answer questions, and review a specific grammatical aspect of the language used in the movie. Finally, they are prompted to create dialogues and perform a scene from the movie or participate in debates about the topics covered in the film or in class.

    Highly innovative in approach, ¡Vámonos al cine! is a valuable learning resource for intermediate level Spanish courses, especially those with focus on conversational Spanish.

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    Maria Davis is a senior lecturer in Spanish at the Oxford College of Emory University.
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    “One of ¡Vámonos al cine!’s greatest strengths is that it is ‘speaks’ and is ‘conversant’ with the language and mindset of current students for whom social media, identity issues, personal and family interactions are their main motivating concerns and interests…A fine intermediate Spanish program could be built on this text. It’s clear to my mind that much time and careful thought has gone into the conceptualization and organization of ¡Vámonos al cine!”
    Beatriz Pita, Supervisor – Spanish Language and Literature Courses, Lecturer, University of California – San Diego

    “¡Vámonos al cine! is a great introduction to film studies at an intermediate Spanish level and an effective tool for conversation exercises in a classroom situation.”
    Ángel A. Rivera, Associate Professor of Spanish, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    "I think this book is wonderful for a Conversation class! The short films are all very interesting, and entertaining. The activities are also good for students, and there is a lot of variety and useful vocabulary. I highly recommend this book, and would use it for a conversation class or an advanced intermediate class." Sarah Elisabeth Wilbert, M.A. Spanish Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    "¡Vámonos al cine! Short Movies for Spanish Conversation is a great resource for students of intermediate conversation Spanish. It provides them with engaging short movies to initiate conversation on a range of topics from immigration to friendship to identity to family, among others, and to engage highly effective written and spoken exercises designed to improve their linguistic and cultural competencies. The smooth transitions between platforms (pedagogical, audiovisual, cultural, and so on) help students target multimodal skills, and to engage speaking, thinking, reading, and writing in Spanish in productive ways. Hopefully ¡Vámonos al cine! will become a regular in high school and college conversation courses, because students will benefit greatly from it."
    María M. Carrión, Professor of Religion and Comparative Literature, Chair of the Religion Department, Co-coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Emory University

    "After conducting a thorough review of ¡Vámonos al cine!, I've discovered it to be an excellent tool to use in Spanish Conversation classes. The book is very well structured with a variety of exercises that will help Spanish learners improve their language skills. I especially like that the book is current and offers the right amount of movie time to make the class more productive and engaging; it also incorporates activities with grammar and writing."
    Professor J.R. Pico, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Indiana University Kokomo