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Spanish films for KS3 pupils

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by isabo, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Any ideas about a suitable Spanish film for pupils at KS3? Without any violence, sex etc.....?
    Thank you
  2. I also advise you to look for "Cortos" or "Cortometrajes" (Short films) on YouTube. You might get some good films, perhaps not that famous but good and short, ideal for a class.
    Hope you have helped you a bit. [​IMG]
  3. hennapen

    hennapen New commenter


    We've had a thread on this before if you do a search - it seems that the main problem is that most Spanish films are 15 or above (because of our anally retentive censorship system mainly) there are one or two decent ones around though. I would recommend The spirit of the beehive (el espíritu de la colmena) which is a beautiful film.
  4. Thank you! I will look for it. It sounds pretty good!
  5. Great idea!
  6. Great stuff! Thank you!
  7. Hi, how old are children at KS3?
  8. KS3 is Year7 to Year9, so they're 11-14 think.

    Y7 is like 6º de Primaria in spain. Y8 and Y9 are 1º and 2º de ESO respectively.
  9. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    ...... but whatever one's opinion of the certifying body, a 15 is a 15 and to show it in its entirety to any student of less than 15 years of age without written parental permission is a disciplinary offence if your school wants to make it one.

    Someone I know got into real trouble (written warning I think) for showing the "wrong" film to a class!! It only takes one parent to complain.........
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    Hi again!
    Sadly, I
    think that it is a little hard to find a suitable Spanish film to be seen at
    school by 11 or 12 years-old students without sexual or violent scenes. I think
    cartoons would be a good option as an episode can last 20 minutes, the level or
    Spanish is normally lower and the pronunciation is better.
  11. NNS

    NNS New commenter

    A friend recommended an animation called Anina, but I could not find any DVD's to purchase.

    There is also El Cid, the legend.

    I found a different way out and asked a friend who was going to Spain to buy me one or two Disney movies dubbed in Spanish or a one that has both tracks and both set of subtitles. My y7/8 pupils loved the Lion King. I know you miss out on the culture bit y playing a non-Spanish film, but they were more interested in the film and copying down expressions in Spanish from the subtitles and probably learned more language than if I played them a Spanish film.

    For older pupils, I am trying to find movies they would like (rom coms, action) appropriate for the age group with Spanish subtitles. It might take a long time to actually find something in stores, but I got a few second hand DVDs with subtitles in both French and Spanish, and older pupils enjoyed them a lot as well.
  12. There's a series called "Extra" that you can find on YouTube. The language is fairly accessible, and you can watch it with Spanish subtitles so that kids can note down any unfamiliar words.

    JANEBERGMAN New commenter


    JANEBERGMAN New commenter

    I'm a great fan of showing films in class, and totally understand your predicament. I suggest you Check out Secretos del corazón , and La Lengua de las Mariposas. Both beautiful films set in Franco's Spain which provide ample opportunity for discussion about how things have changed, as the protagonists are KS3 age. For this age group, though, the problem will probably be insufficient level of Spanish to follow the dialogue.
    So, another possible solution is to resort to non Spanish films with audio and subtitle options. For these options, you need to buy a film whose original version is in English, from a Spanish supplier(Amazon.es) . Films that the kids have already seen in their own language and enjoyed are the most successful as they don't need to understand too much of the dialogue to be able to follow the plot. Ávatar is a good example. Initially subtitles in English with a view to alternating or progressing to Spanish subtitles. Aah, a word of warning, the subtitles don't always coincide with spoken word! Still, it's not bad usually, and nothing's perfect! ¡Mucha suerte!
    minka1 likes this.
  15. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Camino by Javier Fesser is a beautiful story about a young girl with cancer and recommended for 13+
  16. julianwh

    julianwh New commenter

    Have put together a list of Spanish dvds with links to online resources which might be helpful when selecting a film


    Also here is a link to Spanish films under directors and topics.


    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Website - www.worldonlinecinema.com
    On Twitter - https://twitter.com/JulainW
    New dvd release blog - http://julianwhiting.wordpress.com
  17. mkid

    mkid New commenter

    Check out:' Valentín' and 'Voces Inocentes'.
  18. Mandarina

    Mandarina New commenter

  19. anon1

    anon1 New commenter

    I've been watching Zap y Zap this week with my KS3 classes and it seems to have gone down well. My copy definitely has English subtitles.
  20. julianwh

    julianwh New commenter

    the dvd - ZIPI Y ZAPE Y EL CLUB DE LA CANICA/ZIP & ZAP AND THE MARBLE GANG (PG) 2013 SPAIN SANTOS, OSKAR £19.99 - has just been issued on dvd in the Uk. The title is in now available in Spanish with English subtitles. Link to details below - https://julianwhiting.wordpress.com/category/spanish-cinema/

    DVD can be order from

    Also just released is -

    Based on Adelaida García Morales's short story about eight-year-old Estrella who lives in northern, post-war Spain, but is fascinated with the south of Spain where her mysterious father Agustín used to live.

    Website - www.worldonlinecinema.com
    On Twitter - https://twitter.com/JulainW
    New dvd release blog - http://julianwhiting.wordpress.com
    Spanish film resources - http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/online-resources-listed-by-film#TOC-SPANISH-DVDS
    Alevel Spanish Books and Films - http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/a-...NISH-FILMS-AND-LITERATURE-FROM-SEPTEMBER-2016

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