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 [...]
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Clwq4osEQ&list=PL01C03CE9B45BF236&index=70&feature=plpp_video 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.
¡Cumpleaños feliz! (4x) Happy birthday! ¡Sapo verde eres tú! (4x) You are a green toad! If you say "Happy birthday" with a Spanish accent, it can sound something like the Spanish phrase "sapo verde" (green toad). So when a Spanish speaker hears the Birthday Song sung in English, they may fill in the missing sounds in their mind and think that the singers are saying "green toad". Spanish speakers good-naturedly mock their own accents with this song. "Sapo verde" is now even slang for "Happy birthday" in some parts of Mexico and Central America and many people enjoy singing the [...]
At this time of the the year one of the most common songs in Spanish classrooms has got to be Eres Tú. The Spanish singing group Mocedades launched to fame in the U.S. in the 1970's with this simple tune in Spanish filled with images of affection. I remember learning this song in junior high Spanish class. Eres Tú is still popular at weddings in the Spanish-speaking world. Here is a YouTube of the original song with lyrics in Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMomB_39o40. Ah yes, its Valentine's Day. A day filled with candy superstitiously snarfed in class, giant teddy bears and flowers delivered to classrooms [...]