I couldn't believe it when I saw this on the shelf. I use this method frequently in my Spanish classes - we study a list of words, change the language in the DVD menu to Spanish, and then watch the movie in Spanish and discuss it in Spanish. It's a WONDERFUL way to improve your understanding and ability to speak the language, in a fun, non-stressful way.
This book has a very exhaustive list of words for each chapter of the movies, and I believe has a great selection of movies to use for your benefit. There is no pronunciation guide, but I suppose you can watch the movie and hear the words. I do wish the phonetic spellings were next to each word, so that students could sound it out before they listen for it in the movie.
The book has a fairly well laid out plan to help you get the most out of your Movie time, and begins with a basic Core Vocabulary, if you have no Spanish background at all. I don't know if it's a good beginner book, but after even a month of study, I do believe the movies in the beginner section would help you. So here are my step-by step recommendations:
1) Choose a movie you have seen more than once already.(You already know what the actors are saying, so your comprehension level will be up, and you won't experience as much frustration)
2) Before you watch your first movie, study the listed words for at least a week before watching the movie - make flash cards, say them aloud, read them several times over. This will increase your chances of success, and therefore cause you to want to do it again sooner rather than later!
3) Watch one chapter at a time - or about 15 minutes - and then watch it again. See if you can jot down or check off some of the words you hear.
4) Look at your words again. Can you make a complete sentence using three or four of them together? If yes, watch the next chapter. If no, then watch the chapter again.
5) I would be sure to not to overwhelm yourself - keep it to an hour or so or less - too much more, and you'll end up just shutting down a bit unless you're already beyond the beginner stage.
If you have young kids in your house, having this on in the back ground is a GREAT way to facilitate the "immersion method" if they are already familiar with the movie that is playing.
This is a great tool for conversational classes, self-study, and just plain fun! Great job!
The only reason I deducted one star was because I do wish there were some questions for discussion for each movie - just to give the student a chance at forming some original sentences with a bit more direction. Otherwise, excellent!
Bilingual Mother of Five, Teacher, Author
Flip Flop Spanish