Coco, in addition to being a delicious movie for the whole family, has a great cultural burden related to Mexico. Almost every frame refers to a song, character, myth or place of Mexican culture, so the film, besides being enormously attractive for our students, deserves a viewing for ELE class.
We propose not only diverse activities related to the Day of the Dead, Mexican popular music or the most famous Mexican celebrities internationally but also activities related to the family and the physical description taking advantage of Coco's characters.
Before watching the movie.
Coco movie takes place on Día de Muertos (Death Day) in Mexico. To know this cultural tradition, we suggest that you do the following activity.
Watch the video and answer the questions.
1. En México la conmemoración del Día de Muertos es muy macabra y oscura.
Some differences between Día de Muertos and Halloween.
Watch the video and think of the differences or the similarities between the two traditions. Leave your answer on the comment box, please, and share it!
To help you, try to write your opinion using the following structures:
- Yo creo que + indicativo
- Seguramente + indicativo
- A lo mejor/Igual/Lo mismo + indicativo
- Puede que/Es posible/Es probable + subjuntivo
- Quizá/Tal vez/Posiblemente/Probablemente + subjuntivo / indicativo
TRAILER IN SPANISH.
Then you will learn some words that will be useful when watching the movie. Use wordreference dictionary (Spanish - English).
- La llorona.
- Pan de muerto.
- Papel picado (confeti).
- Flor de cempasúchil.
That's a very popular Mexican song which tells the story of a ghost who is looking for her children at night. If you want to find out more, click here.
I love karaoke, don't you? Here you are the song and the lyrics. Learn new vocabulary singing.
Watch the movie online.
Coco movie is available at Google Play, Amazon, App Store and Neflix.
You can watch it online: Coco