One way to make a World Language Class come alive is to play songs and clips. You can search YouTube for Spanish and find many songs, commercials, and movie clips.
Here’s a small sampling to share with your Spanish World Language teacher:
Jose Jose– songs in Spanish -his words are quite clear
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhOr6tR3cp4&mode=related&search= Jose Jose El Triste
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ynE68kFHUk&mode=related&search= Jose Jose Exito
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UDiFHGj3Hw&mode=related&search= Jose Jose Anda y Ve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVe6_sbhnGY&mode=related&search= Jose Jose Amnesia
Musicals and famous songs are translated into Spanish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ldtZsOJ3fk High School Musical Breaking Free (with Spanish subtitle) Are others in this series
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pik3sDIXBjk Lion King We Are One (with Spanish subtitle)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1PCRxVMbBg Yesterday (with Spanish subtitle)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ_WlR82jvg Cat Stevens Father and Son (with Spanish subtitle)
Anime, Movie, or Commericals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPC_LmvW-AA Spanish Angelus-anime (with Spanish subtitles)-begins at 25
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tqXw6eLnMw Star Troops (with Spanish subtitle) turn sound off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71TqJul85GE Chad Vader Day Shift Manager (with Spanish subtitle) turn sound off
Why not make it an assignment that each student has to find three songs in Spanish done in the karaoke style (with the Spanish words written out) from YouTube and prepare listening comprehension questions on one of them? If they label each and give you the annotated links, you can have a huge selection within a very short period of time. They will enjoy listening and learning in Spanish.
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007
Other Spanish (Hispanic images) for conversations or writing
Spanish streets – Calle
Spanish transportation Transportes
Spanish restaurant Restaurante
If you have ideas you would like to share about the problems that students have in being fluent speakers and, if possible, the possible solutions, please add as a comment. For example, some students can not keep a conversation focused on the topic – a solution is to start them with a series of pictures about the topic or for them to focus on a specific problem such as an ordering problem in a restaurant.