I was at our homecoming dance recently and when the song A Thousand Years came on, there was a definite excitement in the air as everyone scrambled to find a partner for this special slow dance. The song has been with us a couple of years already, so I was surprised that it still generated so much glee on the part of the students.
But, after giving the lyrics another listen, I can see why it is still so popular. It is one of those forever love songs that never really goes out of style. Anyone that has loved deeply can relate to it and it has a great vibe for a romantic dance with someone special.
Today I decided to put together a little activity for my students that involved this romantic song - you know, for Valentine's Day. <3
Step one was to find a version of it in Spanish. Kevin, Karla y La Banda didn't disappoint. They have a great version of the song filled with impassioned vocals and sweet lyrics. And, instead of making a cloze-style activity, I decided instead to swap the order of the verses. So students listen and number the lines in the order they appear. This is a simpler activity than cloze and it made the song easier for my Spanish 1 classes to enjoy.
I put a couple discussion questions and a little blurb about the band in the margin and viola!
I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine did.