Songs for Level 2

If you’ve not yet followed The Comprehensible Classroom on Facebook, please do! It’s a great way to get great resources from the TPRS®/CI world–I’ve been sharing my favorite blog posts, Facebook posts, and Pinterest finds over the last few weeks. It’s also a great way to send me questions, although I think that the best…

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Cabeza, Hombro, Rodilla y Pie

Head, shoulders, knees and….foot. How can you NOT use this song in Spanish? It is *almost* an exact translation of its English counterpart, and almost every student in your class will recognize it. Instead of simply giving your students the vocabulary, turn it into a class discussion filled with comprehensible input by talking about the…

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Cielito Lindo

Spanish teachers all over the world use Cielito Lindo in their classes–simple, comprehensible lyrics; a traditional song; and gazillions of versions to choose from. What’s not to love? Songs are great for energizing students, generating enthusiasm, and sparking interest in the target culture. As with any authentic resource, however, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth discussing!”.…

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El Reloj

Originally written by Roberto Cantoral, “El Reloj” is a beautiful, simple Spanish song that has been sung by countless performers. A quick iTunes search will reveal the most popular version to be that of Luis Miguel, but my personal favorite is one done by the lovely Linda Ronstadt–yes, Linda Ronstadt! (Did you know that she…

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Los pollitos dicen

I start every school year with this song. It’s not the best way to acquire language, so I understand spending all of your time at the beginning of the year doing PQA and Circling with Balls and Three Ring Circuses and what-not. In my experience, though, it is such FUN to start off with a…

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Q & A Match-up – Interpretive activity for language classes

I’m always on the hunt for new and different tasks for students to complete when listening to songs or other authentic resources, and this activity shared by Sharon Birch is a great one! Its flexible design allows it to used as a reading activity as well. What is Q&A Match-Up? In a Q&A Match-up, students…

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