I'm feeling a little frustrated with the results I'm getting when my students take their song quizzes on Fridays. The grades are lower than I expect and I haven't quite figured out what the problem is.
Here is my routine for songs:
1. Monday: I introduce a new song in Spanish. Students listen to it without seeing any lyrics and list words they hear in the song.
2. Tuesday: We listen to the song again but this time with the lyrics, some of them missing for students to fill in. Go over and explain any new phrases/words.
3. Wednesday: Listen to the song, pausing the video at times to ask the students comprehension questions.
4. Thursday: Listen to the song.
5. Friday: Quiz - for some of the points I replace words with a line and students listen to the song and fill in the blanks; for some points I put some words in bold print and students write what it means.
I suspect that I'm not getting super results from this because I'm not taking the time to preteach the unknown grammar and vocabulary. If that is the case, then I need to weigh whether testing students on the song is worth the time that I will need to spend to preteach the necessary vocabulary. I feel like my classroom instruction time is very limited as it is.
Would it be better to listen to the song once or twice, maybe with a cloze activity, and then NOT test the students on the song? The students enjoy listening to the songs, and I like that I can introduce another aspect of the culture to the students through music.
Maybe I should simply let them enjoy the music and the cultural experience and save the testing for other areas. Time to check with my PLN to hear their experiences with music and assessments and their suggestions.