Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Spanish Conversation Class 11.1- Intermediate

Date:  05/01/2014

Class theme/topics discussed: Film discussion

Goal of the class: To discuss and analyze 2 short films

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

Head-ups: Upcoming cultural activities/events

Activity: Film discussion

I hand out different questions dealing with the theme, the characters, and the messages of the short film to each student. Students work in pairs. Each pair reflect on a questions dealing whit the plot, theme, message, technique, and so on. Students need to reflect on the questions and discuss about them after watching watching the short film.

We watch one film at a time and then discuss about it following the order of the questions.  We follow the same procedure for the second short film.

1st Short film: The Smoke Seller (El vendedor de humo): http://vimeo.com/42329392

2nd Short film: Pipas: http://vimeo.com/68729699

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.) Lap top, TV, handouts

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

Students liked the short films and surprisingly went very far in the discussion. They found support the words written on the board. In the end they wanted me to play Pipas one more time.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think the level of the short films is very appropriate for intermediate students, since the first one has no dialogues and the second has subtitles. These questions might be very useful for any type of film or literary discussion.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.



Analisis de un corto

Nombre del corto _____________________

  1. ¿Como se titula el corto? ¿Cuál es la relevancia del título dentro del contexto del corto? ¿Por qué? Da ejemplos


  1. ¿Cuáles son los personajes? ¿Cómo son?
  2. ¿Cuál es el tema principal y el mensaje principal? ¿Por qué? Da ejemplos


  1. ¿Cuales son algunos de los discursos que se presentan en este corto?



  1. ¿Cuál es la visión del mundo de este corto? ¿Por que?



  1. ¿Cuáles son algunos de los métodos o técnicas que se utilizan en este corto? ¿Tú crees que apoyan el tema o el mensaje principal? ¿Por qué?



  1. Habla del espacio y el tiempo, ¿por qué son relevantes? Da ejemplos