Learning through Songs for GCSE French, Spanish and German

8 songs
40 worksheets

Authentic music from target-language countries

An engaging resource that pairs music with language learning!

A formula which clearly works

A Watson, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

Authentic target-language songs from diverse cultures, genres and countries are explored through differentiated worksheets.

Creative activities based on the 2016 specifications help students to improve their language and listening skills while learning about real-world issues relating to the required topics of study.

The snippets of information have certainly broadened my knowledge and saved hours of preparation!

J Ireland, Tutor and Peer Reviewer

Each song has 5 worksheets:

Suitable for a wide range of GCSE abilities! Worksheets 2, 3 and 4: separate, co-teachable worksheets for Foundation and Higher
  1. Starter: Prepares students through warm-up activities and context clues
  2. Understanding the song lyrics: vocab-based activities help students understand the song and learn new expressions
  3. Putting the song into context: a reading comprehension activity based on a text introducing the singer or the band, followed by translation
  4. ✓ Activities include: answering questions, finding correct statements, finishing sentences and more
  5. Analysing the meaning of the song: activities focused on speaking and writing help students begin to develop their analytical skills to understand culture, self-expression and more in the context of music
  6. Giving your opinion: students share their opinion of the song and justify it – an important skill for speaking and writing

For use in class or as homework!

Learning through Songs for GCSE French: Song List
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  1. Barbara Pravi, Pas grandir
  2. Bigflo et Oli, Dommage
  3. Orelsan, Tout va bien
  4. Mika, Elle me dit
  5. Kids United, Mama Africa
  6. Angèle, Je veux tes yeux
  7. Madame Monsieur, Mercy
  8. Tryo, Greenwashing

Learning through Songs for GCSE Spanish: Song List
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  1. Rozalen, Girasoles
  2. Dvicio, Paraíso
  3. Luis Fonsi y Juan Luis Guerra, Llegaste tú
  4. Marc Anthony, Vivir la vida
  5. Melendi y Carlos Vives, El arrepentido
  6. Antonio Orozco y Alejandro Fernández, Estoy hecho de pedacitos de ti
  7. Amaral, El universo sobre mí
  8. Melendi, Alejandro Sanz y Arkano, Déjala que baile

Learning through Songs for GCSE German: Song List
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  1. Die Lochis, Durchgehend online
  2. Keiner mag Faustmann, Wien – Berlin
  3. Kraftklub, Sklave
  4. Peter Fox, Haus am See
  5. Christina Stürmer, Seite an Seite
  6. Max Giesinger, Wenn sie tanzt
  7. Wise Guys, Deutsche Bahn
  8. Beatrice Egli, Wo sind all die Romeos

Also available for A Level French, German and Spanish

What do teachers say about this resource? (9362)

Excellent, great choice of songs from all backgrounds, really pleasant, and well differentiated. I really like how they are differentiated in terms of difficulty and the fact that there is a range of cultural background to match the new specs. This is not only appropriate but also enriching. I am very impressed there is an activity that required productive skills rather than students taking a simply passive stance. I like that at times students are asked to translate. The mini biographies help students improve their reading comprehension and focus on 3rd person and past tenses, which is brilliant. It is very effective to have a reference to further songs by the same artist or similar songs in terms for style and genre.

R Bravo, HoD and Peer Reviewer

This is a really useful, fun resource that will appeal to students working at GCSE level and which will offer sufficient challenge to more able students in KS3 who want to study Spanish at GCSE. It offers the opportunity to hear authentic Spanish in action in a format that is of particular interest to teens. There is a variety of broadly differentiated activities which not only aim to improve listening skills but also help to break down text for grammar/writing purposes and work with new texts for comprehension purposes. It is particularly useful at the current time with the popularity of the Spanish language being frequently used by English-speaking pop stars in their music.

L Robinson, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

I liked the wide variety of exercises. I particularly liked the exercises proposed in the creative section, I found them useful and motivating, and it gave students the change have to give their opinion. I also valued that the songs present current topics that would be motivating for students (LGTB, social media, environment...), giving opportunity for discussion, and that some of the videos are visually very attractive.

L Acebes Garcia, Examiner and Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9361)

This is a fun resource! Great variety of songs, with an international dimension. The author seems to have excellent knowledge of the contemporary music scene. Excellent variety of tasks.

S Fleet, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

The resource is well rounded with a wide variety of tasks. When I first saw that the resource focused around songs, I assumed it aimed to target listening skills, but it addresses all parts of the syllabus, with reading, writing, discussion and translation tasks. The vocabulary is relevant and the exercises well planned. I also appreciated all the information – it is not always easy finding time to inform oneself about the current music scene and certainly not in this amount of detail. The snippets of information have certainly broadened my knowledge and saved hours of preparation!

J Ireland, Tutor and Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9363)

This is an extremely engaging set of worksheets with a formula which clearly works – students are gently guided to understand the lyrics of a popular song, then given some context about the performers, and then encouraged to interpret the lyrics in a way which goes beyond the superficial, without feeling too ‘literary’. This would be a great motivational tool for students in Years 10/11, to encourage them to expand their knowledge outside of the classroom and get to know German-speaking culture independently according to their own tastes. It’s an insightful resource and I’m sure it’ll be very successful.

A Watson, Teacher and Peer Reviewer