It’s Valentines Day. Again.

To mimic Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, it's Valentine's Day. Again. Every year on February 14, 20 over-the-top lovebirds in any given high school will send grand gestures of their adoration to the objects of their affection, while the other 782 students either attempt to keep from retching or feel vaguely inadequate. Here is a way to strike back at the empire of passion. With this activity students can learn some Spanish, have fun and release their creative (and mockingly evil side). I call it "El amor apesta" and students rewrite the lyrics to the song "Eres Tú", originally sung [...]

By |2018-02-13T11:17:25-07:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Compelling Input, Just for Fun, Music, Satire|0 Comments


Here is a fun full body movement song that you can use as a brain break: Sing the children's song "Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes" in the target language with different verbs and actions attached.  Even my high school students enjoy singing and acting it out. Here's how to do it:  Teach the body parts to the song with classical TPR. Do not let them know what's coming. Teach the body parts in random order over the course of two days. Instead of the normal TPR command of "touch", mix it up a bit by using "grab" and "point [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-07:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Music|1 Comment


(From Stuff for Spanish Class, by Bryce Hedstrom, p. 123-126   Here is a collection of songs that students need to hear and be able to sing before they leave each level of Spanish class.  YouTube renderings of these songs are found on the links below.  Lyrics, guitar chords, notes and graphics for most of these songs can be found in the book Songs for Spanish Class, and can be purchased on as a hard copy or an e-book download.   When you pre-teach the words before you sing, songs become an ideal teaching tool:  fun, repeated, comprehensible [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-07:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Acquisition, Music|0 Comments

Revised Songs for Spanish Class

Bryce's Songs for Spanish Class book has been revised and updated.  Introduction to the Revised Edition The songs in this book are timeless. They will not go out of style in a year or two so you will be able to sing these songs with your students for years to come. Many are standards that are well known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish speakers tend to sing in groups more than English speakers do and the rich heritage of group singing is not fading away in Hispanic culture as quickly as it is in the English. We can impart some [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-07:00August 9th, 2017|Categories: Books, Culture, Music|Tags: , |0 Comments


Over the years at NTPRS Gerry Wass, Michael Miller and I have had to apologize to Garth Brooks, The Village People, Toby Keith and others for using their melodies with TPRS lyrics. Here is another song where we may have to apologize to Brian Wilson. It is dedicated to students and teachers everywhere and it muses about how nice it would be if we could all teach with CI. The result would be more authentic communication in the TL. Less need for lengthy homework. No drills. Real communication.  Wouldn’t it be nice? This year Michelle Kindt added fabulous harmonies. Blaine Ray later [...]

By |2015-09-05T19:52:31-07:00July 25th, 2015|Categories: Acquisition, Music|Tags: |0 Comments


What a great video!  Kids beg for it. Perfect for a TPR or TPRS class and many of the same words we have been using in Spanish I. 5 a day Hula en español There is so little movement in so many of their other classes, that this might just  support physical education.  Getting students up and moving is just good teaching.