Summary: Designed for students who already possess a basic knowledge of Spanish, this conversation/composition text helps them develop the necessary language tools to enable them to function effectively while immersed in practical, real-life situations and to sharpen their reading and writing skills. Part I contains 9 lessons in which a family from the United States visits Spain; Part II presents 7 lessons focusing on Spanish America with new characters who evoke a d...show moreifferent, yet similar, set of cultural and linguistic experiences. Features
Each lessons includes:
A list of objectives - An overview and specific and challenging goals focusing on reading and conversation, vocabulary, ¡No me digas! (cultural blurbs), activities, grammar and composition.
¡La vida es así! (That's life!) - Each ¡La vida es así! centers on themes utilizing authentic dialogue with practical, up-to-date Spanish on real life situations such as visiting a travel agency, exchanging money at a bank, etc.
¿Recuerdas...? (Remember...?) - Questions that test students' recall and comprehension of the dialogues.
Vocabulario práctico. (Practical vocabulary) - A listing of words and contemporary idiomatic expressions heard in Spain or Spanish America that are not usually found in elementary texts.
¡No me digas! (You don't say!) - Cultural notes written in Spanish that provide cultural snapshots of Hispanic people and their way of life, common in Spain and Spanish America but different in the United States.
¡A practicar! (Let's practice!) - Vocabulary exercises, e.g., fill in the blank, matching, dialogue completion, and definition based on the active vocabulary from the dialogues.
Charlemos un poco. (Let's talk!) - Suggested activities for role-playing opportunities.
Cuentáselo a la clase. (Tell the class!) - A set of exercises that encourages students to express personal and subjective views using the situation discussed in the lesson as a point of departure.
Descripción del dibujó (Description of the illustration.) - An exercise that requires students to discuss their perception of an episode as depicted in illustrations and/or photographs.
Repasito. (Review.) - A brief grammar review, written in Spanish, of one or two grammatical points with a short set of accompanying exercises.
¡A escribir! (Let's write!) - An exercise related to the conversation or dialogues.
Provides an outline (Introducción, Desarrollo, and Conclusión) for developing and sharpening students' writing or speaking skills in a controlled and cohesive manner.
End-of-text Vocabulary : Spanish/English lists vocabulary words that are most likely not part of the student's lexicon at the intermediate level. Page 219
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