Monday, December 5, 2011

Ven a Bailar - Mandatos Infomales con Jennifer Lopez

While I was listening to music last night, Jennifer Lopez's song Ven a Bailar came on and it occurred to me that there are quite a few informal commands in the song - both affirmative and negative forms as well.  Since we have been focused on commands in Spanish III, I thought that doing a "fun" activity with this song might be the perfect culminating activity and would feature authentic input.  Not only that, but the song is so popular right now that I know the kids would really enjoy it.

So I found a copy of the lyrics and made a cloze activity.  Then I decided to add some practice and some discussion questions to make it a little more thorough and interesting.  I formatted, revised, corrected, and made it into a PDF.  Then presto!  I have uploaded it here for you (and your students) to enjoy!

I recommend that you go to iTunes and purchase the song.  It is well worth the $1.29 and you won't have delays with streaming or connectivity.  However, it is available on YouTube if you are so inclined.

Words of Warning:
  • I did not transcribe the section of the song that Pitbull sings.  At one point he does mention tequila so, if that is a problem, be aware of it.
  • Also, when downloading the song, make sure you get the Spanish version (Ven a Bailar) and not the English version (On the Floor).

I hope this activity is fun and educational.  Leave a comment if you find it useful.  I'd love to hear from you!

Hasta pronto,

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9 comments : said...

Thanks! I've been using Christina Aguilera's "Ven conmigo" for commands for years, but this is much more current! Gracias por compartir!

Christi said...

This is great! Thank you so much!

Anne K said...

Spanishplans and Christi, I'm so happy to hear that this was useful for you. I hope your students have a lot of fun and learn some command forms in the process. :-) --AnneK

NKenge said...

Mil gracias!!! I have been looking all day for an activity that I think my students will buy into to reinforce informal commands. Yay! (I will be using this tomorrow! :-) )

Anne Karakash said...

I'm so happy to hear that this will be useful. I hope your students enjoy the activity, NKenge. --AnneK

Sandra Fernandez said...

Busquen la pagina web de Zambombazo de Zachary Jones, tiene e-books con canciones, en el lugar donde trabajo, nos pagaron por los ebook porque pueden costar dinero., otra idea que me gusta es el twiccionario, un diccionario usando twitters reales y tu pueden crear tu pagina de twitter para tu clase tambien

Anne Karakash said...

Conozco la página Zambombazo. Es excelente y Zach y Betsy me han inspirado muchas veces. :-)

Erin Mary said...

Thank you for sharing this great resource!!! I will be using it later this week :)

Lillian Barnes said...

I click on the links but they are no longer available :(

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