What Does the Fox Say?

Since the release of the video “What Does the Fox Say?”, I know my students have gone crazy for it. Here are some links to other versions of the song that I’ve been able to find. So far there is only Spanish and German, but hopefully we will see a French version soon! If you know of any other versions of the song, post a link in the comments.



Highlighter Race

Another great idea that comes from Carrie Toth (@senoraCMT) via Kristy Placido (@placido) on Twitter. These two ladies always have wonderful ideas to share with the rest of the TPRS world and I highly recommend following them on Twitter! Basically for this game, two students sit together with 1 copy of some song lyrics. The part that is different than usual, is that the song lyrics have been put through Wordle. Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source. Below is an example one I made from the song “Je te donne” by Leslie et Ivyrise. You can choose to have common French words removed, but because this particular song has words in English as well, I chose to have the common English words removed instead – that’s why you see words like “te”, “que” and “et” still. Once you have the song lyrics in Wordle format, the 2 students race to highlight the words as they occur in the song. Each student uses a different colour highlighter so that they can see who “wins”.

Source: Carrie Toth, Twitter

Wordle: Leslie et Ivyrise - Je te donne

German Popular Music

If you are looking for music to use in your German classes, the Goethe Institute has a great site that lists top songs and artists. They have also created some useful worksheets to go along with the songs. The worksheets include the lyrics to the song and some “traditional” exercises, but you can use what you want to and just get rid of the rest! They are written entirely in German so you may also need to make them more comprehensible for your students if you decide to use them.

My personal favourite from the current list is Wir sind wir by Paul van Dyk und Peter Heppner. This song deals with the deep feeling of emotional insecurity that permeated the German society in the early 21st century and there are a lot of things that could be done with it. The video also shows several key clips from German history that would be useful for starting a discussion. All this material AND it’s actually a good song!

Source: Nathan Black, mjTPRS