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by Teachit
5th February 2015


Spanish | Song | Listening

Use the Spanish version of ‘Bailando’ by Enrique Iglesias to motivate students to improve their listening. The whole song lasts nearly five minutes so use the lyrics from just the first 2m 5s to make this a more manageable task.

Teaching ideas

Copy and paste the lyrics below for the first part of the song into a Word document. Cut the underlined words in bold from the lyrics and paste them in a random order into a text box at the bottom of the Word document, leaving the gaps. More able or advanced students may be able to complete the gaps without the prompt words. Print and copy. Check that you can play the YouTube video in school and, if not, ask your IT department to ensure it is not blocked.

Play the video of the song as the class come in to engage their interest. Explain that listening to Spanish songs is a great way to improve their listening skills and vocabulary.

Hand out the gapped lyrics and play the start of the song with as many pauses as needed. It's best to avoid showing the video again at this point so that students can concentrate on completing the worksheet.

Check answers and play the whole video again. Depending on the age and enthusiasm of your students, you may be able to persuade them to sing along (or at least encourage them to do this at home) as this will also benefit their pronunciation. 

Enrique Iglesias: Bailando (Español)

Yo te miro y se me corta la respiración
Cuando tú me miras se me sube el corazón
(Me palpita lento el corazón)
Y en un silencio tu mirada dice mil palabras

La noche en la que te suplico que no salga el sol

(Bailando, bailando, bailando, bailando)
Tu cuerpo y el mío llenando el vacío
Subiendo y bajando (subiendo y bajando)
(Bailando, bailando, bailando, bailando)
Ese fuego por dentro me va enloqueciendo
Me va saturando

Con tu física y tu química también tu anatomía
La cerveza y el tequila y tu boca con la mía
Ya no puedo más (ya no puedo más)
Ya no puedo más (ya no puedo más)
Con esta melodía, tu color, tu fantasía
Con tu filosofía mi cabeza está vacía
Y ya no puedo más (ya no puedo más)
Ya no puedo más (ya no puedo más)

Yo quiero estar contigo, vivir contigo
Bailar contigo, tener contigo
Una noche loca (una noche loca)
Y besar tu boca (y besar tu boca)
Yo quiero estar contigo, vivir contigo
Bailar contigo, tener contigo una noche loca
Con tremenda nota

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