How to teach a song – Darte un beso

royceOne of my favorite aspects of my classes is teaching with music, and nothing makes me happier than to hear students say they downloaded the songs I taught them in class!

I spend about 6-8 class days on each song, and it is usually our warm-up/bellringer each day. Here is a post I wrote a while ago about the types of activities I do daily:

Another great way to incorporate music into class is to use a music video as a story. I like to “movie talk” the music video. For movie talk, you simply need to find a music video that tells a visual story, play the video, and describe what is happening in the target language. If you are familiar with TPRS, you can use the “circling” technique to aks questions, and also “PQA” to connect the events in the video to your students.

After we have movie talked (this can easily take a day or longer depending on how much you milk it.), I give my students a reading that I have prepared in advance. We read together, translating anything that they are unfamiliar with. We then discuss the reading.

Often, I will then show my students some screen shots from the music video and ask them to use them to do a “story retell” with a partner. Finally, I may ask them to do a written story retell as an assessment.

By the end of the 3 days or so that we spend on these activities, the students have acquired several new words/structures, are able to narrate a fairly detailed story all in Spanish (both verbally and in writing), and have a song stuck in their heads!

I highly recommend that you try this type of lesson. It is very engaging, you are using authentic resources in a comprehensible way, and students walk away with a big dose of comprehensible input!

If you’d like to try a pre-made lesson, I have created this packet for teaching Darte Un Beso by Prince Royce. This song is a great one to bring out during the mid-winter blah season! It has a great tropical Bachata sound, a beautiful beach, and a lovely mermaid…oh, and Prince Royce!

Included in the packet:

1. The lyrics to Darte un beso
2. The lyrics to Darte un beso with the English translation
3. A cloze activity + answer key
4. Lyric Line-Up activity + answer key
5. Reading “La historia de una sirena que besó a Prince Royce” with video screen shots
6. Writing activity about the music video with screen shots
7. Cloze quiz + answer key.

The song can be found on youtube at


¿Con quién se queda el perro? By Jesse y Joy

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4 thoughts on “How to teach a song – Darte un beso

  1. Stephanie Weaver December 4, 2015 / 1:24 PM

    So, I only see my students once a week for 30 minutes. To do this the way you do, would take half a semester. Any ideas how to adapt the idea/process to fit into maybe two 30 minute lessons??

    • kplacido December 4, 2015 / 1:33 PM

      Perhaps you could just teach the chorus of a song?

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