Latin America Solidarity Centre

Video: Calle 13. Latino-America

 

 

AIM

For students see the diversity of Latin America through a video made by Latin Americans.

 

MATERIALS

Information from www.residente.com. (Rene’s website).

Gap fill exercise (here).

Full song lyrics (here).

Video of the song (here).

 

LINKS TO THE CURRICULUM

Junior Cycle: Strand 1, Communicative competence, linked to LO 1.4

Senior Cycle: III. Cultural awareness, 1, 5.

 

METHODOLOGY

Play the video and ask students beforehand to pay attention to the following points:

  • Diversity of the people shown
  • Diversity of the landscape
  • Feelings, emotions that people are expressing in the video
  • Discuss why they repeat “Tú no puedes comprar…

 

NOTE: Students can read about Calle 13 and its vocalist Rene before attending the class. Alternatively, you can give them a short bio of Rene. Highlight the fact that he is a musician committed to improving education in poor areas and to denouncing social issues  through his music.

 

PRACTISE YOUR SPANISH

  • Since the video is in Spanish, this is a good aural activity for students.

 You can do a fill in the gaps activity with them.

  • Some questions they can answer in Spanish are:

 ¿Te gusta el video?

¿Qué tipo de paisajes se muestran?

 ¿Qué tipo de música es?

¿De dónde crees que es el cantante?

 ¿Qué tipo de gente aparece?

 

CONNECTIONS WITH IRELAND AND TAKING ACTION

The video tells us we can ?t buy air, we can ?t buy heat, smiles… referring to the exploitation of resources in Latin America and power relations. To learn more about this, explore the company Veolia and find out about the links of this company to both Latin America and Ireland. As a company operating in Ireland, what can we do to make sure that companies in Ireland don ?t benefit from basic needs, such as water?