Summary: This worktext provides vocabulary, situations, and communicative functions essential to police officers, firefighters, court clerks, and other law enforcement personnel.
Applied presentation features realistic dialogues, personalized questions, situational role-plays, and realia-based activities that correspond grammatically with those in Basic Spanish.
Cultural focus highlights Hispanic customs and...show more traditions relevant to the subject matter of the lesson, in Notas culturales sections.
Comprehension checks begin with comprehension questions on the dialogues in the Dígame section that follows the vocabulary lists in the worktext, and end with pair activities in the Hablemos section for immediate reinforcement.
Convenient Phrasebooks provide vocabulary words and phrases found in the worktexts for quick, on-the-job reference.
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Greetings and farewells 2. The alphabet 3. Gender and number 4. The definite and indefinite articles 5. The present indicative of ser 6. Cardinal numbers 0-39 Communication: Greetings, farewells, and introductions in personal and telephone interaction with other people
Leccion 1. En una estacion de policía
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Subject pronouns 2. The present indicative of regular -ar verbs 3. Interrogative and negative sentences 4. Possession with de 5. Cardinal numbers 40-299 and 300-1,000 6. Forms and position of adjectives 7. Telling time Communication: On the phone: giving and receiving simple information, reporting an accident or a robbery
Leccion 2. Con un agente hispano, en una calle de la ciudad
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The present indicative of regular -er and -ir verbs 2. Possession with de 3. Possessive adjectives Communication: Police work in the streets: asking for and giving directions, enforcing the use of a helmet, dealing with a girl walking alone in the streets
Leccion 3. Con el agente Smith
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The irregular verbs ir, dar, and estar 2. Uses of the verbs ser and estar 3. Ir a + infinitive 4. Contractions Communication: Police work in the streets: dealing with gang members, arresting a thief
Leccion 4. Llamadas telefonicas
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The irregular verbs tener and venir 2. Expressions with tener 3. Comparative forms 4. Irregular comparative forms Communication: 911 calls: receiving emergency calls, describing people
Leccion 5. Buenos vecinos
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Stem-changing verbs (e:ie) 2. The present progressive 3. Some uses of the definite article Communication: Neighborhood policing: helping to implement a neighborhood watch program Lectura 1. Denunciando actividades sospechosas Repaso (Lecciones 1-5)
Leccion 6. El agente Chávez lee la advertencia Miranda
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Stem-changing verbs (o:ue) 2. Affirmative and negative expressions 3. Direct object pronouns Communication: Detaining suspects: reading the Miranda Warning, dealing with traffic violations and DUI
Leccion 7. Problemas de la ciudad
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Stem-changing verbs (e:i) 2. Irregular first-person forms 3. Indirect object pronouns Communication: Investigating a crime: talking to victims, suspects, and witnesses, dealing with the victim of a health condition
Leccion 8. Casos de maltrato de miembros de la familia
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns 2. Special construction with gustar, doler, and hacer falta 3. Direct and indirect object pronouns used together Communication: Investigating domestic abuse: dealing with the victim and the abuser
Leccion 9. La prueba de alcohol
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Possessive pronouns 2. Command forms: Ud. and Uds. 3. Reflexive constructions 4. Uses of object pronouns with command forms Communication: Traffic police: stopping and interviewing drivers, administering a sobriety test, giving detailed directions
Leccion 10. La policía investiga un robo
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The preterit of regular verbs 2. The preterit of ser, ir, and dar 3. Uses of por and para Communication: Investigating a burglary: Interviewing victims and witnesses on location Lectura 2. Recomendaciones para prevenir el robo en las tiendas Repaso (Lecciones 6-10)
Leccion 11.¡Más robos!
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Time expressions with hacer 2. Irregular preterits 3. The preterit of stem-changing verbs (e:i and o:u) 4. Command forms: tu Communication: Investigating a burglary: Reporting a robbery, Interviewing victims at the police station
Leccion 12. Con un agente de la seccion de transito
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The imperfect tense 2. The past progressive 3. The preterit contrasted with the imperfect 4. En and a as equivalents of at Communication: Traffic police: giving a ticket, issuing a warning, talking to a woman who left her baby in a locked car
Leccion 13. Un accidente
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Hace meaning ago 2. Changes in meaning with the imperfect and preterit of conocer, saber, and querer Communication: Witnessing an accident: interviewing witnesses, talking to accident victims
Leccion 14. Interrogatorios
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The past participle 2. The present perfect tense 3. The past perfect (pluperfect) tense Communication: Interrogating a suspect
Leccion 15. Con la policía secreta
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The future tense 2. The conditional tense Communication: Working undercover: infiltrating a gang, arresting solicitors of prostitution Lectura 3. Seguridad doméstica: Robos Evite el robo de su automovil Repaso (Lecciones 11-15)
Leccion 16. En una celda de detencion preventiva
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The present subjunctive 2. The subjunctive with verbs of volition Communication: Arresting and booking suspects: following established procedure before placing an arrested person in a detention cell
Leccion 17. Una muchacha se escapa de su casa
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The subjunctive to express emotion 2. The subjunctive with some impersonal expressions Communication: Investigating runaways: talking to runaways and parents
Leccion 18. Una violacion
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The subjunctive to express doubt, disbelief, and denial 2. The subjunctive to express indefiniteness and nonexistence Communication: Investigating rape: talking to rape victims on the phone and in person
Leccion 19. Una tarde cualquiera
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The subjunctive after certain conjunctions 2. The present perfect subjunctive 3. Uses of the present perfect subjunctive Communication: Dealing with the parents of minors, talking with people who tried to commit suicide, more on traffic violations
Leccion 20. Otro día, por la mañana
Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The imperfect subjunctive 2. Uses of the imperfect subjunctive 3. If clauses Communication: More on investigating robberies: trying to get permission to search a car, arresting a pickpocket, dealing with an illegal gathering Lectura 4. En casos de asaltos sexuales Repaso (Lecciones 16-20)
A. Introduction to Spanish Sounds and the Alphabet B. Verbs C. Useful Classroom Expressions D. Weights and Measures
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