Cinema for Spanish Conversation (4th ed.)

by Mary McVey Gill, Deana Smalley, Maria-Paz Haro

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  • 1585107948
  • 9781585107063
  • 9781585107940
Cinema for Spanish Conversation, Fourth Edition, engages students in Spanish-language study through the use of feature films from across the Spanish-speaking world. Sixteen films, four new to this edition, motivates students in conversation, writing, and listening skills in addition to providing them with a broad and real-world experience with the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

New to the Fourth Edition:
  • Four new critically-acclaimed films, including the groundbreaking documentary Presunto culpable (2008) about the Mexican criminal justice system and the Oscar-nominated No (2012) about the 1988 Chilean national referendum on Pinochet’s presidency
  • Updated information about each film, its actors, and directors
  • Color screen shots of the characters in the film to help students remember who’s who and to help them discuss the actions and qualities of the characters
  • A new section of questions (Opiniones) at the end of each chapter that ask students for their opinions on themes related to the film, sometimes on controversial ones, in order to facilitate active conversation
  • A filmography appendix, which provides a list of additional films for each chapter that have similar themes or are from the same region

  • Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781585107940
  • Edition: 4
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Cinema for Spanish Conversation
  • Author: Mary McVey Gill; Deana Smalley; Maria-Paz Haro
  • Imprint: Focus
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1585107948
  • 9781585107063
  • 9781585107940

In The Press

Cinema for Spanish Conversation is already a classic pedagogical text, geared for those students seeking to improve their verbal fluency in the Spanish language while exploring complex issues relating to contemporary Spanish-speaking societies and their diaspora through the lenses of the film industry. The text provides both students and instructors multiple pedagogical tools to achieve its goals and objectives. Each section has been designed carefully, is comprehensible and thorough and it is conceived in such a way that the instructor can have the liberty to delete or highlight some sections over others depending on the preparatory level of the students. That level of flexibility is an added-value to the text. The background information on directors, actors, the historical context and main characters of each film is an important resource that cannot be ignored. The easily access to related electronic or digital resources is another element that makes this text very attractive and successful. . . . The film selection is excellent and representative of the many diverse contemporary concerns, techniques and countries. . . .”
— Asela R. Laguna, Rutgers University, Newark


About The Author

Mary McVey Gill has authored and co-authored many widely adopted Spanish textbooks and language references, including Cultura y cine and ¡De Pelicula! for Focus.

Deana Smalley received her PhD from Purdue University and has taught at a variety of colleges and universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University and Santa Clara University. She began to incorporate film into her language, culture and literature classes early in her teaching career. She is the author of several translations of K-12 social studies books and has written ancillaries for major Spanish textbooks.

Maria-Paz Haro is Professor of Spanish (Emerita) at Stanford University where she has taught courses on Spanish and Spanish American Cinema.