||Nov 20, 2003 by World Languages Editorial Board
||Ojala que llueva cafe is a guided reading module, based on the popular song by Domincan artist, Juan Luis Guerra. The listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are all addressed. The target language is used, except for occasional translations in the glossed reading and a translation of the song lyrics found on a separate page. Students can practice the subjunctive by linking to the Spanish Grammar exercises from the home page. There is scoring in the grammar exercises. Ojala features regional vocabulary, phonetic structure and photographs from the Caribbean in addition to standard Spanish. There are external links to outside online resources, e.g., dictionaries, Spanish grammar tutorials, and Spanish accent rules.This site contains plenty of material for several assignments, or several days of work in class. The 51 photos of the people, places and things of the Dominican Republic are an excellent resource, as are the many grammar exercises, and of course the focus of the site, the song (lyrics and audio) Ojala que llueva cafe, by Juan Luis Guerra.
This site is ready for immediate use in a classroom, or as an assignment to students for work outside of class.
* Refers to student's ability to see the module when projected on a large classroom screen.
The grammar section link provides a very complete tutorial on the use and forms of the Subjunctive. The Foto Tour page is a "gem" of photos, providing expansion activities for reading and writing, and creating cultural links with Afro-Hispanic themes, e.g., Spanish Caribbean poetry.
||Learning outcomes: development of reading skills through the graphic-glossed lyrics; development of listening skills by providing the song, broken down into manageable chunks, accompanied by the lyrics; enhanced comprehension of the authentic Dominican accent; development of reading and writing proficiency through the use of the Spanish subjunctive grammar exercises; development of cultural understanding of the Dominican people, and their Afro-Hispanic roots, through a photo album.
|Target Student Population:
||Intermediate/Advanced Spanish proficiency levels
|Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
||This site could be used for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, but is probably most appropriate for intermediate and advanced students. The site will appeal to a variety of learning styles. It is multisensory and interactive, incorporating several of the multiple intelligences, with particular emphasis on the musical and visual.
|Type of Material:
||Text, audio, graphics, and photographs.
||Netscape browser and Quicktime 3.0 or higher installed,
as indicated on the front page