The SmorgasBoard

I have developed a simple and comprehensive way to practice all the verb tenses in a recurring format. An explanation and demonstration of it can be found here.


I personally love teaching films. I love the films themselves, but I also love the incredible variety of things they offer: Unforgettable visuals of the region we’re trying to get the students interested in; unique characters, who, in the films I choose, are complicated, interesting figures whose names and adventures the students will remember for the rest of their lives. The soundtracks, with culturally and chronologically appropriate songs with poetic lyrics, an infinite number of secondary texts to explore – actor bios, interviews with directors, online movie review sites…The possibilities are endless.

But my very favorite thing to do with films is to dissect the dialogue in very close detail. Amazingly, no one appears to be publishing or marketing the scripts in text form. So, over the years, I’ve cooked them up myself.

I’ve seen each of these films many, many times. Every year, I snag one more detail about what’s being said – in seemingly every film, there are words and expressions that take several repetitions to catch. I’m not an expert, after all, in every single dialect across the Spanish-speaking world. But by now, they’re very complete and accurate.

The versions you can pick up below are also annotated with such things as cultural and historical information that’s referred to in the film, symbolism and culturally relevant images and references that I’ve noticed, and completed versions of song lyrics.

You can get them on my Teachers Pay Teachers page, where you can also download for free a general guide on how I use films in my content-based classroom.