Yesterday I shared some confessions about Spanish 2 and I’m continuing the trend today. Last semester I attempted to teach my students a Spanish song because I heard they were really into Spanish songs in Spanish 1, but the scowls began as soon as I turned the song on. Even the somewhat positive ones! I don’t even remember what the song was – but I do remember thinking, “How can they hate this song? It was a BIG hit at my last school!” So I threw out the music and focused on other things.
This semester I am taking a proactive role. I sent out a plea on Twitter for a GREAT song I could use to get my students addicted hook, line, and sinker. In case you’re looking for some ideas yourself, here’s the list of top hits that others shared with me.
It was so hard to pick a song to focus on with so many good submissions, but I decided to use La Lista by Aldrey because I found it personally catchy. Inspired by many of Kara Jacobs‘ presentations, I made a presentation about Aldrey and then created a packet with activities we could do with the song. Activity 1 is listening to the song and filling in with Spanish 1 level verbs, Activity 2 is matching 5 phrases in the song to the most appropriate image, Activity 3 has students practicing using LyricsTraining.com, Activity 4 asks them to read the lyrics on ReadLang.com and create a mini-dictionary with new vocabulary for them, and Activity 5 is an IPA Interpretive Reading/Listening Assignment.
If you’re considering using La Lista in class, consider these other ideas or resources:
- Novice-High La Lista Packet from Andrea Nelson’s blog post on the song
- Amy Zimmer‘s Packet for La Lista
- Compare the lyrics video to the official video with students
I highly recommend you check out this song for your classes! Students were singing the SECOND time listening to it (right after doing the cloze activity) and I caught a student in 3rd block saying “I LOVE Spanish songs!”