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MovieTalk - Finding Dory

 Last night I watched the  'Finding Dory' trailer for the sequel to Finding Nemo. My almost two year old thought the the colors in it look pretty great and maybe by this summer it will be his first movie in the theater. Today first hour the trailer came up in discussion and students were begging to see it. So I found the Spanish Trailer Oficial  to watch as a class as a brain break. While watching it the light bulb came above my head of how perfectly it fits with our current unit. Spanish 1 is currently on Unit 8 (Búscalo) of Martina Bex's Storytelling curriculum, which focuses on the structures "finds" "looks for" and "knows." 


This trailer, or many scenes from Finding Nemo, would be a perfect movie talk addition to this unit!  You can read more about MovieTalk here, but the basic idea is muting a short clip and describing the action in the target language. It works best when you are targeting a few key structures that are repeated. For example this could be a short excerpt of the trailer when done in the target language. "Nemo can not find Dory. He does not know where she is. Nemo looks for Dory. Nemo finds Dory." 




The title alone in Spanish would make a great discussion. In Spanish it is "Buscando Dory," which literally translates to "Looking for Dory," not "Finding Dory," which is the English title. The class could debate in Spanish which is a better title for the movie. Also, the title brings up a possible pop up grammar note about -ando generally meaning -ing in English. There are so many possibilities with this short trailer, of what I know will be a very popular movie. The English trailer is below, which has over five million views and was only posted yesterday. 



I look forward to intentionally movie talking this trailer in the next class. What a-ha light bulb moments have you had in class?

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