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Ojala que llueva cafe

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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 makethis a very versatile and engaging educational tool. A colorful photo gallery of Dominican scenes enhances the module.
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Date Added to MERLOT: March 02, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 15, 2017
Submitter: Laura Walker


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Quick Time
Language: Spanish
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Avatar for Almudena Alonso
1 year ago

Almudena Alonso (Faculty)

Pura Práctica y ejercitación

Avatar for Ana Ormeño
3 years ago

Ana Ormeño (Faculty)

Una original forma de enseñar el idioma, que sin duda los alumnos disfrutarán..

Gracias por compartirlo.

Avatar for Kay Ziemer
3 years ago

Kay Ziemer (Teacher (K-12))

Students enjoy the merengue music and it makes learning subjunctive mood less intimidating for them.

Time spent reviewing site: Have used many times!
Used in course

Avatar for Ingrid Haydee Bascur Valladares
4 years ago

Ingrid Haydee Bascur Valladares (Teacher (K-12))

Faltó letra de canción

Avatar for Patricia Klapp Puchi
4 years ago

Patricia Klapp Puchi (Staff)

Muy buen material

Time spent reviewing site: 10 min

Avatar for rene antonio hernandez arevalo
4 years ago

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

Technical Remarks:


Time spent reviewing site: NO DETERMINADO

Avatar for isabel aguirre silva
4 years ago

isabel aguirre silva (Faculty)

Buen material para introducir a la cultura de este país.

Time spent reviewing site: 5 minutos

Avatar for Beatriz Carramolino
4 years ago

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.

Technical Remarks:

It has a simple and pleasant interface, it is easy to navegate.

Time spent reviewing site: 6 minutes

Avatar for Veronica Janes
4 years ago

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.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes (more to come!)

Avatar for Marcela León Bernal
5 years ago

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

Technical Remarks:

El sistema para ingresar a las páginas es amigable

Time spent reviewing site: sí
Used in course

Avatar for Mariano Zaro
5 years ago

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.

Avatar for noreen la piana
5 years ago

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

Technical Remarks:

I couldn't get the song to play.

Time spent reviewing site: 10

Avatar for Alejandra Litterio
5 years ago

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.

Technical Remarks:

Flash Player

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Used in course

Avatar for Camellia Okpodu
5 years ago

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.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes reviewing site.

Avatar for Maria Luisa Castro
6 years ago

Maria Luisa Castro (Staff)

Me ayudo a aprender espagnol.

Avatar for Cathy Swift
6 years ago

Cathy Swift (Administrator)

Realmente me encantó cómo los ejercicios se organizaron. Creo que ayudó a mis estudiantes una reseña las diferentes maneras de ver la aparición del subjuntivo.

Technical Remarks:

Hay que usar Flash para ver los videos
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hora
Used in course

Avatar for Mark Rieger
8 years ago

Mark Rieger (Administrator)

great resource for practicing Spanish in a fun way

Avatar for Emma Miliani
8 years ago

Emma Miliani (Faculty)

Great tutorial. Attractive and appropriate for college and high school intermediate students, good exercises for the subjunctive and beautiful photos. Although instructions are in English I will recommend it to my Italian students of Spanish. I found the word “prognóstico” in exercise 8 Verbs of doubt and certainty. This word does not appear in the RAE dictionary nor in the RAE corpus.

Technical Remarks:

The page has a new URL: You can listen to the song at

Avatar for Maria Luisa Eiffler
8 years ago

Maria Luisa Eiffler (Faculty)

It has a good variety of activities useful to the students. The use of picture helps to contextualize the song.

Avatar for Nancy Whitman
8 years ago

Nancy Whitman (Faculty)

Wide variety of information using music and visuals to reinforce grammatical concepts. Many links to real world sites.

Technical Remarks:

Easy use of buttons, a map to point out where the artist and song is from. Diacrital marks didn't come up on my home computer when I did an assignment to be emailed to the professor.

Avatar for Maggie McCullar
9 years ago

Maggie McCullar (Student)

I really loved how the exercises were organized. I think it helped my students review the different ways we see the appearance of the subjunctive.
Used in course

Avatar for Ruth Markulis
9 years ago

Ruth Markulis (Administrator)

This Web site is very effective instructionally and a lot of fun! It has comprehensive information organized with very clear navigation. The site features a song in Spanish. When you click on a word in the song a "flash card" picture of the object of a definition pops up. There are also very clear interactive grammar exercises and a link to a learning styles inventory. The fun is equal to the learning.

Avatar for Mary Jo Arns-Radaj
9 years ago

Mary Jo Arns-Radaj (Faculty)

I have sent my students to this site for years since it has a little of everything for every type of learner. Cultural material is wonderfully integrated with Language instruction.
Used in course

Avatar for Stella Economou
12 years ago

Stella Economou (Faculty)

Interested in researching websites that enhance the teaching of modern
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
feedback, etc.)
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.

Technical Remarks:

The materials in this resource are fairly easy to access and navigate once
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.
Used in course