What Is Destinos?
Destinos teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in a mysterious and entertaining story while viewing everyday situations with native speakers. It also introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, helping students understand a range of Spanish and appreciate many Hispanic cultures. The programs are closed captioned in Spanish and can be used as a teaching and literacy resource. The series is also appropriate for teacher professional development.
What Is Destinos?
In the Watch section of the Destinos web site, you can view the entire 52-episode Destinos series. With each 30-minute episode, you are drawn deeper into the mystery of Don Fernando's past, while hearing and learning new and increasingly challenging vocabulary and grammar. You can further practice your Spanish with supplementary activities in the Practice section. At the end of each Practice activity, un paso más suggestions will allow you to take your learning further. Tips for Teachers and web Resources provide additional support and encourage further learning
Every episode of Destinos covers new grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and cultural practices. The 52 episodes are divided into five destinations: La Gavia, España, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and México. As a learner moves from episode to episode and destination to destination, the content grows more challenging.
The Practice section of Destinos parallels the Watch section, in that the Practice activities are organized by destination. Each activity relates to one or several episodes, and provides opportunities to review the grammar, vocabulary, or cultural practices. In Practice, as in Watch, as you move from destination to destination, the content becomes more rigorous.
History of Destinos
Funded by Annenberg Media and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and produced by WGBH Boston, Destinos premiered in 1992, and soon became the most popular Spanish learning series ever. Described as an "elaborately produced and suspenseful soap opera" by Variety (August 24, 1992), Destinos continues to be widely used today, both by classroom students and independent learners who can watch the series on learner.org. Since the episodes began streaming on learner.org, Destinos has become the most watched video series on the site. Destinos, both on VHS cassette and DVD, has sold more than any other Annenberg Media learning series or course.
Where Are They Now? Destinos Cast & Crew
Raquel Rodriguez: Liliana Abud
Mexican actress Liliana Abud continues to act in television and film and is also a screenwriter. She reappeared in Nuevos Destinos in 1998. She told Alianza News that she chose to star in Destinos "because it was an opportunity to teach my language to the Anglo-Saxon culture[.]"
Arturo Iglesias: Arturo Puig
Actor Arturo Puig has appeared in theater, film, and television, including the popular 1990s Argentine sitcom Grande Pá!
Angela Castillo Soto: Yazmin Pereira
Yazmin Pereira only acted in a few Puerto Rican films and television series after Destinos.
Don Fernando Castillo Saavedra: Augusto Benedico
Born in Spain, Augusto Benedico emigrated to Mexico after the Spanish Civil War. In Mexico he had a long career in film and television. He passed away in January 1992, at the age of 82.
Bill Van Patten
Designer of the Destinos telecourse, Bill Van Patten is a Professor in Second Language Acquisition at Texas Tech University.
For his work in broadcast television, Destinos Executive Producer Fred Barzyk has received three Emmys, the Venice Film Award, and a Peabody Award.