Ojala que llueva cafe
A guided-reading selection in Spanish based on a song by Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra, optional translation provided, related isolated practice provided for subjunctive with interactive responses. The multimedia and culture- based visuals make
this a very versatile and engaging educational tool. A colorful photo gallery of Dominican scenes enhances the module.
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Stella Economou (Faculty)
languages, I came across a series of nine well-constructed "Study Modules"
by Barbara Kuczun Nelson designed to enhance the teaching of Spanish on the
intermediate and advanced levels. After exploring the nine independent
tutorials for an hour, I found the material to be engaging and linguistically
and culturally authentic and accurate. The summary sheet that introduces the
"Grammar Exercises" is particularly helpful in providing nine visuals which
introduce the nine modules. Nine brief abstracts are also included. In
addition, there is a list of numerous links on the right hand side of the page
which provide for additional practice in the 36 most popular Spanish grammar
Highlights of the popular module entitled "Ojala que llueva cafe" are
reminiscent of effective strategies used in presenting intensive, developmental
reading lessons in Spanish. They include:
1. Lyrics of the song "Ojala que llueva cafe" ("If only it would rain coffee" by
the Dominican artist, Juan Luis Guerra, including verses in standard and
regional Spanish with a helpful English translation.
2. User-friendly links including visual clues to provide for a multisensory
approach to the clarification of the more difficult lexical items
3. External links to additional grammar exercises, a visually and culturally
stimulating "galeria de fotos" and "un analisis de la cancion"; all of which
are interactive and engage the student more actively by motivating the learning
of the content material
5. Inclusion of a learning-style questionnaire
6. Use of a variety of teaching strategies designed to maximize student
interactivity, participation and learning (e.g. thought provoking questions to
check comprehension and assess linguistic and cultural proficiency;
self-correcting grammar exercises that can be forwarded to the teacher for
7. An opportunity to exchange experiences with other language teachers online
The design of this program also allows the teacher and learner the flexibility
to focus on one module or consider the potential use of all nine modules as a
supplement to enrich the learning experience in an intermediate or advance
Spanish language class.
This well organized and creative website provides a variety of worthwhile
opportunities to enhance students' listening, reading and writing skills. It is
obvious to the user that thousands of skilled and thoughtful hours went into its
preparation and design so that the learning environment is interesting,
helpful, user-friendly and relevant. I look forward to recommending it highly to
my colleagues and students.
an email address and password are established. Quick Time is required to access
the musical selections and taped interview on "El dia de los Muertos" with Celia
Sandovar from Quito, Ecuador. The user interface is multisensory, interactive,
helpful and intuitive for both instructors and students.
Ruth Markulis (Administrator)
Ana Ormeño (Faculty)
Una original forma de enseñar el idioma, que sin duda los alumnos disfrutarán..
Gracias por compartirlo.
Kay Ziemer (Teacher (K-12))
Students enjoy the merengue music and it makes learning subjunctive mood less intimidating for them.
rene antonio hernandez arevalo (Administrator)
Es una obra entretenida, que permite un analisis muy propio al respecto y genera una apertura a diferentes directrices de entendimiento, aplicable y comoda para el lector
SUABE EN SU PRESENTACIÓN
isabel aguirre silva (Faculty)
Buen material para introducir a la cultura de este país.
Beatriz Carramolino (Student)
Educational Material for the learning of the Spanish Language Grammar and vocabulary.
Positive:The content is really well designed, it is useful for the learning of spanish grammar, vocabulary starting from a simple resource. Furthermore, it is a playful activity that promotes the learning.
Issues that I think that could be improved: I would visibilize the level to which this resource is devoted. It contents difficult words.
It has a simple and pleasant interface, it is easy to navegate.
Veronica Janes (Teacher (K-12))
I wish I had come across this website sooner - I used this song in class a few weeks ago, but had to download and purchase the song, search for the lyrics, and I wasn't ready to teach subjunctive (but I will definitely use this page when I am!). We used this in a Fluent Speakers class where we studied the Dominican Republic.
Marcela León Bernal (Staff)
Me parece un excelente material para aplicarlo en la sala de clases y desarrollar con él la comprensión lectora en los alumnos. El hecho que utilice letra de canciones conocidas y "pegajosas" hace que la actividad sea más entretenida.
Es una actividad integradora, pues permite verificar vocabulario, redacción, lectura, análisis crítico y manejo instrumental del idioma
El sistema para ingresar a las páginas es amigable
Mariano Zaro (Faculty)
Este trabajo usa la canción "Ojalá que llueva café en el campo" de Juan Luis Guerra para practicar el subjuntivo. Se trata de una manera amena de mezclar cultura y gramática. Había utilizado la canción el en pasado pero en esta página hay muchas actividades más que puedo añadir a las que yo tenía.
noreen la piana (Faculty)
It was good, but I couldn't get the song to play.
quality of content - 4
I would describe the pictures.
potential effectiveness - 5
ease of use - 5
I couldn't get the song to play.
Alejandra Litterio (Staff)
This website clearly shows a well-organized and attractive instructional material, a perfect combination of interactive exercises and fun. I used it in my ESL Spanish class to practice the subjunctive and reinforce grammatical concepts taught in a previous lesson. The use of visuals helped my students to contextualize the song.
Camellia Okpodu (Faculty)
I like the way that language is being used to incorporate botantical and ecological concepts. The learner can click on the hyperlinks to get more information and technical support for the lesson. I am not fluent in spanish but see this as a way of intergrating language into my botany class.
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