In Spanish 1, I am having a song and artist of the week. It is a fun way to start class each day. Also, they are exposed to a variety of accents, people, geography, and culture! I encourage them to try to sing, or at least read the lyrics and follow along. Sometimes the songs have vocabulary related to our current story and some are just fun. To go along with each song, I have created a slideshow about the singer/band. These slideshows are good because they are a great way to review these basic questions:
- ¿Cómo se llama?
- ¿De dónde es?
- ¿Cuántos años tiene?
- ¿Dónde nació?
- ¿Cómo es?
- ¿Qué es algo interesante de él/ella?
Again, this is not a totally original idea, but I am sharing my resources in case others can use them and it saves people some time. Below are the songs/artists that we have done so far (I think I need to include some more women!). I will posting more here. If any other teachers have similar slideshows to share, let me know. Also, here is the basic template that can be copied and adapted.
Also, a document with the lyrics and a translation is linked on the first page of each slideshow. Most are basic cloze activities, but some have other activities.
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