Take advantage of today’s date to play Carlos Vives’ song 19 de noviembre. Here are some ways to use it:
-See if they can hear the date at the beginning without seeing it (Spanish 1).
-Tell students to look under “Historia” in this article to see why 19 de noviembre is an important day in Puerto Rico.
-Offer a bonus to someone who can find out why a Colombian singer wrote a song about Puerto Rico. (Interesting that now he and the 2nd wife he wrote the song for are separated.)
-patriotic words (evident even for low learners)
-preterite tú forms (almost as good as Qué Hiciste)
-good example of passive se in “se oyen” (hard to find in songs)
-yo/tú future switch
-pronouns, esp. yo reflexives and a rare double-object on double verb phrase in ‘te lo quiero agradecer’
Enjoy–it’s a good song!