This is the last post in a short series on songs that help students develop accuracy and proficiency in talking about the present tense.
This song is another one of my students’ all-time favorites. I love it because it proclaims how beautiful and unconditional married love is, a message students don’t hear much in today’s pop music.
Proficiency goals: Discuss possessions, compare possessions, express values, express and compare personal qualities.
vale más que
Working with irregular present:
Grammar point: Why is there no person word in front of tengo? Who is the person that is talking if they say tengo? How does it change if the person is another person, say, a girl?
Make a list of the most important things in your life. Mention a few using tengo. Using the question ¿Qué tienes que es importante?, find out what is important to a few of your friends in class. Using tengo, tiene, and the joining words y and pero, report at least one thing that you have in common with a classmate (Tengo X y [amigo] tiene X también) and one thing that is different (Tengo X pero [amigo] tiene Y).
Using the phrase vale más que, make comparisons with your important things – what are they worth more than?
What famous person are you like or not like? Why? Use descriptor words.
For more with Tengo tu love, see the Clozeline activity in Zachary Jones’s Clozeline 2012 eBook.