Span 101 Songs: 11pm by Maluma

TL;DR: I am teaching a pop song of the week for all 14 weeks of my fall 2019 first- semester Spanish course. Scroll down to find my Google Slides and handout for the song “11pm” by Maluma all linked and ready for you to copy, adapt, edit, and use if they might be useful for you!


For my fall Span 101 course, I’m going to do a song of the week every week… or at least most weeks. We’ll see if I actually get it done for every week or not. So far I know the first day of class, which is typically syllabus day, we will be listening to “La gozadera” and a few days later for the the official week 1 song we’ll do “Criminal”. I’ve also put together the materials for week 6 for the song “Qué bonito” by Rosario. But this blog post is about Week 4 by which time students will know a few activity verbs in the infinitive and will be working on telling time.

Personally, I have been listening to my choice for the Week 4 song so much this summer. I’m not sure if we’ve reached consensus on what the official canción de verano is this year, but my vote is for “11pm” by Maluma. It’s going to be fun to use in class because it uses times a bit in the chorus. But the actual reason I love the video is the awesome, over-the-top-florescent 1990 outfits!! It makes me want to be 12 again. I mean, not really. 12 is the worst. I like being grown. But I do wish I still had some cool florescent outfits. And the story in the video is pretty charming, actually. It’s a winner.

I haven’t done a test run of this set of activities yet, but I suspect it will come in well over the 30 minutes I have planned and we’ll have to cut out the writing part at the end. That will be fine though. I think the song will work equally well with or without the final activity.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, here it is:

Specifically, this song and accompanying materials will help my students:

  • use activity words (infinitive verbs) to describe the actions of the main characters.
  • hear times of day in context and connect the sounds and authentic contexts to what they learned in class
  • use the simple lyrics as a scaffolded, jumping-off point for describing their own activities at certain times of day

Here are the materials I plan to use:

All my teaching explanations are in the slide notes. If you have any questions or comments, please ask!!

Please feel very free to use, modify, and improve the resources I have posted here, although I do have a couple of requests. 1) Click on the Creative Commons license below to check out the terms of my Share-Alike license. Basically, feel free to take and use, but if you share your derivation, share freely!  2) If you change them or make them better, please share with me so I can make my own work better for my students!

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By staceymargarita

I am a language teacher and researcher. In any given term, I may teach beginning or intermediate Spanish courses, English for international students, and foreign language teaching methods for teacher candidates and future faculty. As a teacher, I consider myself pragmatic (not married to any particular approach), oriented towards critical pedagogies in particular, a technophile, and always on the prowl for new ideas.

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