Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)

Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
Words of a Champion: Actor Jesús Vidal's Compelling Acceptance Speech (Spain)
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Keywords: descapacidades, cine, estrallas de cine, Los Goya, Campeones, lecciones de vida

Listening exercises, and reading exercises (articles of varying lengths and difficulty levels)

Microsoft Word file (editable) and .pdf file (to broadcast in front of the room on a document camera)

"Spain’s glamorous night of the stars, the Goya Awards, did not fail to bring excitement, emotion, and great talent to the stage, its attendees, and millions of viewers. Perhaps the most celebrated winners this year were the cast and team of Champions, winner of the Best Film. Champions, submitted as Spain’s Oscar entry, follows a basketball team comprised of mentally disabled players and their new coach, who begins working with them as part of his court-mandated community service.

The cast of the film features various actors with mental disabilities themselves, among them, Jesús Vidal, winner of Best Breakout Performance (Actor) and center of the night’s attention, following his touching acceptance speech that has gone viral in Spain (scroll to the bottom for the complete speech in English). “Ladies and gentlemen of the Academy, you have recognized a disabled actor as Best Breakout Performance. You do not know what you have done. Three words come to mind: inclusion, diversity, visibility,”

Resource: Embassy of Spain USA

After winning the Goya, actor Jesús Vidal was asked to speak on the radio and in television/print interviews. He continued to address topics such as inclusion and opportunities for individuals with physical and mental challenges in a beautiful, humble way.

These are life lessons, delivered by a breaktrhough actor who also happens to be a sports journalist and a fan of Spanish literature (with a range of vision equal to approximately 10% of "normal")

Provided are leading questions for conversations (for more advanced Spanish speakers), links to YouTube videos, ad-free pdf files of several newspaper articles (La Vanguardia, El País, El ABC) and a link to both the audio and video of a radio interview.

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