One of my favorite things about teaching textbook-free is that authentic songs in Spanish are central to class now. If you’re not sure about how to pick authentic songs in the first place, read more here, and if you need ideas for songs, click here.
I can be a scatter-brained teacher, and my go-to activities are always the simple ones. This listening activity works for authentic songs and only requires a piece of paper– perfect for last-minute fillers and reinforcement. Here’s how it goes!
Choose a song your class is already familiar with. Pull out 4-6 structures you want to emphasize, and write them down or dictate them. The students should divide a paper into 4-6 sections, and quickly illustrate one structure into each square. This is what one student drew when we did Vivir mi vida by Marc Antony. The target structures were:
- la lluvia
- vivir mi vida
- para qué llorar
- para qué sufrir
Erase the target structures, and play the song without showing the lyrics. The students should put a check mark in the boxes each time they hear the corresponding phrase. That’s all!
This is not an assessment, but just a quick way to highlight the target structures, get some input, and practice listening skills. My students like it because it’s low-pressure and they usually see it as a personal competition to get the closest score.
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