If I had a pound for every time a student asked me to put music on in a lesson I would be very rich indeed. But there are only so many times you can play Shakira's 'Waka Waka' without the students getting bored. A while ago a friend of mine shared this song on Facebook and I've been obsessed with the duo ever since...
Kevin, Karla y LaBanda are a brother and sister from Chile who do Spanish covers of popular English songs by bands and artists such as One Direction, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. All of their covers can be found on YouTube.
- Play as the students are coming into the room. They have until the end of the song to get their equipment out and begin the starter activity.
- Use as a listening starter activity - print out the lyrics with some words missing. Students listen carefully to the song and try to fill in the gaps. You could give the lower ability students the missing words and they just have to put them in the right places.
- Play 'Pass the Parcel'. Pass round a box with questions/sentences in and when the music stops the student holding it has to answer the question or translate the sentence.