Movie Talk, and a little movie you may find helpful…

Movie Talk

I was disappointed to learn that I didn’t invent Movie Talk (a technique that uses silent clips from movies, music videos, viral videos, etc. as the platform for “asking” a story and circling), but that doesn’t mean I can’t contribute a little something!

I’ve made a couple of little silent movies that have worked well in my classes. I only have time to put one video up now, but the other will follow soon.

Here are a couple of links that explain and demonstrate Movie Talk. Martina Bex has a comprehensive post about Movie Talk on her phenomenal blog.

My Thoughts on Movie Talk

I. I love how Movie Talk takes the pressure off me to be constantly worthy of center-of-attention status. It’s much less intense than storytelling, because the story unfolds in an engaging way no matter what I do. For that reason, this may be the place to start for teachers who wish to try comprehensible input-based teaching or TPRS.

2. You can use a given Movie Talk clip to teach lots of different things. The movie embedded below was made for my Spanish I class, but I got at least as much mileage out of it in my Spanish II classes. And I have a feeling that my vision for how this particular video can be used is narrowed by the fact that I created it with a specific purpose in-mind–you may get more out of the video if you decide what it’s supposed to help you teach rather than reading the description I gave it on the Vimeo site.

3. Making my own Movie Talk movies was a neat way to make great memories with my own children and work on school at the same time.

4. I am considering giving students the option to choose from a list of possible projects the task of creating three-minute movies for me to use in class. I envision giving students who choose to make a movie the option of making one that gives us a picture of their lives, families, and interests, and making a plot-driven short like the one below. I have a little trouble with the idea that students who do these projects will not actually be practicing the language as they work, but I think I’ll be able to either attach a language component to it, or get over it and just bask in the way it will both build community and provide comprehensible input.

5. I’ve found that students understand the PQA and story better after doing a Movie Time over the same structures. And they don’t mind seeing the videos more than once.

Gotta go, but let me know if you find these useful!

Buen camino,


Main Words 1 “Chocolate” Video from Todd Hawkins on Vimeo.

3 Responses to “Movie Talk, and a little movie you may find helpful…”

  • Thank you – I love it! And your daughter is adorable, as well as a very good actress. I’m using it today with my 5th and 6th grades. In addition to hay, tiene, quiere comer, we’ll review abre, cierra, camina, corre, va, ve, mira, habla – they’re all in there! I’m looking forward to seeing your other video.

  • How does one follow your blog?? I can’t find a link for an RSS feed or a way to subscribe via email. Help!

    • Okay, Martina, I installed a little “Feedburner” box over in the right column, and tested it out, and it worked! Thanks for your interest in my blog (I’m so honored!), and for helping me to discover useful functionality that needed to be added to my site!

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