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Teaching/Learning Spanish as a Second Language: Resources
Catálogo de Voces Hispánicas
This website currently offers audiovisual samples of the main Spanish language varieties in both Spain and Latin America. Each sample is accompanied by its textual transcription and sociolinguistic information about the specific variety and geographical location that represents. Created by the Centro Virtual Cervantes.
¡Cine con clase!
Offers scenes of Spanish movies as pedagogical resources to learn the Spanish language. Scenes can be viewed along with the script. Search available by topic, grammatical structures, and vocabulary. Free registration as a user is required to view this website.
TV channel devoted to learning Spanish language. Videos are filmed in a situation comedy (sitcom) style. Browsable by language skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), tags (skills and topics), and by latest & popular videos. Also searchable by keyword. Each video comes with its script, translation into English, and grammar notes.
Spanish Proficiency Exercises
"Compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks...The gray menu bar at the top of each page contains proficiency topics, divided by level of dificulty: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior. Click on any of these levels to see a list of topics. Then click on any of the specific topics to see the video clips, vocabulary lists, phrases lists, and mini-grammar explanations."
This portal provides access to videos for those interested in learning and teaching Spanish as a second language. Videos are organized according to the level of language knowledge. Each level contains videos with their own individual transcript. Most of the videos are accompanied by a work booklet, answer booklet, and useful notes for teaching purposes (learning objectives, etc.). Some videos are offered in two Spanish varieties: the one from Spain and a Latin American variety. All the videos and related materials are created under a Creative Commons License 3.0. Videos uploaded in youtube. Created by Agustín Iruela, a ESL professor with a doctorate in Education and winner of several prizes on his field. Interface available in English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese.
Language & Linguistics
Dialectoteca del Español
This audiovisual library "offers video speech samples from a wide variety of native speakers to document the most representative patterns in the pronunciation of modern spoken Spanish." Browse options: by geographic, social, and contextual factors. Advanced search allows you to limit by country, linguistic feature, and dialect. Also includes interactive exercises for students.