always ask me what the title to this song means. When writing
it, I kept looking for a word with the sounds of many different
languages. Spanish sounds of Latin America. Sounds of Jamaica
and South Africa. Sounds of Asian languages. Even some American
English sounds. Zeno-ba-ba-da-zeno-ba-way is what I
finally came up with.
Once people get the hang of it, this lively
song works great for making up new verses. See notes about
zipper songs for If
I Had Wings. If anyone comes up with a way to rhyme
Boston Red Sox with across the sea
for a new baseball verse, please let me know!
Pen Pals What
are some places around the world youd like to visit?
How do people there live? Suppose you had a pen pal in some
other country and you were going to visit them. What things
would you like to do together? What do you think theyd
enjoy doing if they visited you?
Do map-making projects or class murals of scenes from other
Where do some of our favorite foods originally come? Potatoes
dont come from Ireland. Tomato sauce didnt start
out in Italy, and Swiss chocolate really isnt!
Students can give a short class presentation on one of their
favorite foods, including where it comes from, how it is grown
or produced, and how it is pronounced in its country of origin.
Pass out samples for everyone to try, and enjoy an international
Have a dress up (or dress down) day based on wearing at least
one item of clothing in the style of a Latin American country,
or some other country of choice.
Have a Market Day, where students bring items to sell and
barter, placed on blankets at their feet. Students receive
a starting allowance in pesos. All negocios are conducted
in Spanish (or body language) with as much discussion, haggling,
etc. as possible. Mucho gusto.
to a variety of current pop songs and older traditional music
from different countries. Try adding some hand percussion
instruments to some of the songs, perhaps performing one for
other foreign language classes (or for Steve when he visits).