La llamada – Selena

This song, "The Call", by Selena fits in very well with the novel Esperanza, by Carol Gaab. The narrator receives several important  (and disturbing) phone calls during the first three chapters of the novel, and you can compare and contrast the phone call that Selena receives with the ones that Esperanza receives. The music video … Continue reading La llamada – Selena

Me Voy – Julieta Venegas

Many thanks to my mentor, Nina Bonito-Romine, for introducing this song to me in 2009. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8rBC6GCUjg Here is a fill-in-the-blanks lyrics sheet to use in class: Me Voy lyrics I teach it with the Las novias de mi hermano unit so that students learn the irregular yo form of "ir" (even though the title is technically … Continue reading Me Voy – Julieta Venegas

Miles de millas – Gina Chávez

The perfect song to kick off your Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!! Gina Chávez is from Austin, Texas, and her family is Mexican. She did not grow up speaking Spanish, but studied abroad in Argentina in college. She also spent time teaching English in El Salvador and later established a fund to help some of the … Continue reading Miles de millas – Gina Chávez

México lindo y querido – Javier Solís

This is a great song to sing on Mexican Independence Day! I give a short intro to the video in Spanish, with a little background on Javier Solís and ranchera music, before we watch the video. The reading I use is in this file. Watch/listen to it several times while students complete the CLOZE lyrics ( The … Continue reading México lindo y querido – Javier Solís

Pa’ bailar – Bajafondo feat. Julieta Venegas

I stumbled across this song while searching for a modern tango. It is PERFECT! I love it when that happens 🙂 I love it because the lyrics are clean--it's about a girl that sees a guy on the street, they make eye contact, and she can't stop thinking about him! She can't explain it, but … Continue reading Pa’ bailar – Bajafondo feat. Julieta Venegas

Desapariciones by Maná

This is a heart-wrenching song written by Rubén Blades and performed by Maná that poignantly expresses the confusion and sense of loss and helplessness felt by those Argentinians whose family members disappeared in the 70s and 80s. Many songs have been written about this moment in Argentina's history, but I think that this is one … Continue reading Desapariciones by Maná

Ave que emigra – Gaby Moreno

How much do I love the line «Ave que emigra»? A lot. Those are some wonderful elusive words that I want my students to know but never remember to work into lesson plans. Gracias, Gaby! This song is so sweet and has loads of potential for talking about...oh, lots of things: immigration, identity, or Canadian … Continue reading Ave que emigra – Gaby Moreno

Electricidad – Jesse & Joy

I found this song via the Mis Musicuentos blog, and created a Keynote (attached as a PDF) after being inspired by an observation of Betsy Paskvan's Japanese class last year in which she used a slideshow to display lyrics and images. For my classes, I recorded the PDF with the song playing in the background so that … Continue reading Electricidad – Jesse & Joy