Our new song of the week before "Semana Santa" for IB Spanish 2 is the pop tune Despacito by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee. This extremely catchy tune was voted as the favorite tune out of sixteen by my IB Spanish 2 students, and if you take a listen, it will be easy to see why.
Luis Fonsi was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved with his family to Florida at the age of ten. Fonsi was trained professionally, studying Vocal Performance at Florida State University's School of Music before beginning his career as a recording artist.
His latin pop tune Despacito was released in January 2017, and is a collaboration featuring the singer Daddy Yankee. The tune was the first Spanish-language song to reach the Top 10 Global Chart for Spotify Music, and has seen international recognition since the release date in January.
The music video is also quite beautiful. Filmed in Puerto Rico, the music video shows scenes of the Puerto Rican coastline, as well street scenes of Puerto Rico. When I show my students the music video, I usually show the first three minutes, as the dancing gets quite intense towards the end of the video. Use your discretion to decide how much of the music video you would like to show. The music video can be found by following this link.
Intrigued? If you'd like to teach this song to your students, consider using the song warm-up resource I have created by clicking this link.
To find out more about how to start each day with a song warm-up in your classroom, follow this link.
Enjoy! Happy teaching!
My name is Katherine Lupton and I am an International Baccalaureate Spanish teacher at Baltimore City College High School, a public school in Baltimore, MD. As a student of the public school system myself, I am an advocate for quality education in public schools and work to assure all of my students have access to opportunities to succeed. This website represents a collection of my favorite lesson plans, service learning projects, and travel stories. I hope it will service as a resource for other Spanish teachers around the world.