When I first started using songs in my class, this was the very first song I started off with. Let’s be honest, does it get much better than Shakira?!
Here’s what makes this song great:
1. It is a great way to discuss culture. This was the song created for the World Cup in 2010 and features a LOT of clips from footballers (like Messi) and other players from Spanish-speaking countries.
2. Part of the song is in Swahili. The reason for this, of course, is because the World Cup took place in South Africa. I used this as a cultural and language comparison.
3. Shakira’s dance she does in the chorus is really easy to learn and imitate. I had my students do it along with her whenever the chorus would come up. They really enjoyed it.
4. I created two listening activities to go with this song. This one is a Cloze activity with missing lyrics to the song: shakira waka waka cloze activity , while this one is one where the English and Spanish lyrics are given, but there are missing spaces in the English lyrics for students to write in the meaning of the words: shakira waka waka english spansih.