We listen to music nearly everyday in class, usually one new song per week. At some point during the week, I like to show a video for the song. And on some days, we watch videos of songs from past weeks. There have always been two options:
- a lyrics video, which allows for connecting native voice to written text and for singing along
- the actual music video, which is way more interesting to watch.
Thanks to amara.org, we can now do both. With amara, I can add subtitles to any youtube video. It takes a bit of time to create the first time, but once a video is created, it provides optimum engagement for any future use.
I had to play around a bit before I got comfortable using the site. If you try it and need help, let me know. Here is the video I created for “Tengo tu love” by Sie7e.
*Unfortunately, amara does not show the subtitles in full screen mode, so in order to project the video and see it as large as possible, you need to zoom in (ctr +).
*Below the video, change the language to “Spanish” to see the subtitles.
*Of course, not all music videos are appropriate for class, so some songs remain “lyrics only” when we watch.