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Cinema for Spanish Conversation covers eighteen Spanish language films that are used as the basis for discussion and language acquisition, teaching vocabulary, strengthening oral and written skills, and as well as an introduction to Spanish and Latin American culture. The films are selected to provide interesting viewing, key cultural information, and accessible language levels. Each chapter of the book is devoted to a single movie and includes aids for students watching the film, discussing and writing about the film, and understanding the film in a broader cultural context. Also included: vocabulary helpful to understanding and discussing the film; structured exercises in understanding the film once it has been viewed, especially for discussion in class; an accompanying reading for each film designed to provide perspective on the film itself.
Mary McVey Gill has co-authored Mary McVey Gill is the co-author of íDe pelfcula! with Focus Publishing in addition to Cinema for Spanish Conversation. She has co-authored about a dozen books in Spanish. She lives in Stanford, California.Deana Smalley has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Santa Clara University and Stanford University. In addition to Cinema for Spanish Conversation, she has co-authored íDe pelfcula! with Focus Publishing. She has also translated a number of history and social sciences titles for Teachers' Curriculum Institute. She lives in Redwood City, California.Maria-Paz Haro ( Valencia, Spain) is Professor of Spanish (Emerita) at Stanford University where she has taught courses on Spanish and Spanish American Cinema including "Spanish Society Through the Eye of the Camera," "The Films of Pedro Almodovar," "Women in Film and Film by Women," and "Cinema of the Southern Cone." She participates in Film Conferences and publishes on Spanish Cinema.