Summary: This flexible, comprehensive Spanish program explores a variety of engaging themes as it consolidates the language skills acquired at the introductory level and focuses on building communication skills and cultural competency.
A flexible, skill-building program: Linked by themes, structures, and vocabulary, the grammar review text and companion texts (¡Conversemos!, 3/e, and Aventuras literarias, 6/...show moree) may be used together in any combination or independently to prepare students for continued success with the Spanish language.
Comprehensive, balanced coverage: The core text combines a comprehensive review and expansion of the basic structures of Spanish with high-frequency vocabulary, intensive practice, and contextualized and personalized opportunities for communication.
Accessible, contextualized language: Each lesson opens with a thematic passage introducing new vocabulary and grammar that will be practiced throughout the lesson. To aid in acquisition and independent study, grammar explanations are presented clearly and succinctly in English, with numerous examples of usage. Where appropriate, students are exposed to nuances and challenges in usage and meaning, exceptions to grammar rules, and comparisons with English and Spanish.
New! The scope and sequence has been streamlined to 10 lessons to enhance the program's manageability.
Updated! The progressive, engaging, thematic coverage now features four new topics, chosen for their cultural relevance and success in generating student interaction: personal relationships, Spanish American cuisines, the Latin presence in entertainment worldwide, work and technology. In addition, five new readings strengthen the diverse thematic coverage of this edition.
New! Expanded listening-skills practice throughout each lesson builds students' confidence, preparing them for real-life listening situations and interactions. New listening material ranges from slow-paced narrations to faster-paced conversations and songs, exposing learners to increasingly challenging tasks.
New! A greater emphasis on vocabulary acquisition: additional, related vocabulary, enables learners to converse about target themes early and contextualized and open-ended practice provides realistic situations and opportunities for the creative use of active vocabulary.
New! Careful recycling of cultural facts and active vocabulary promotes recognition and production acquisition as well as comprehension. Material recurs in grammar examples and explanations, practice, and in ¡Continuemos!, the cumulative end-of-lesson section.
New! To build students' competency, promote discussion, and expand students' knowledge of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, each lesson features a specific geographic country or region, with coverage that ranges from practices, products, and perspectives to cross-cultural comparisons.
New! Specially designed, carefully paced learning strategies support student success. Each lesson focuses on specific or combined strategies for reading and process-based writing to foster students' independence as critical thinkers.
New! Expanded teaching and learning resources include a range of integrated print and technology-based components that make the ¡Continuemos!, program flexible enough to meet a variety of curricular needs.
Jarvis , Ana C. : Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Ana C. Jarvis, a native of Paraguay, was born in Asunción and attended school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside, in 1973. Presently an instructor of Spanish at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Jarvis has taught at Mesa Community College, the University of California-Riverside, San Bernardino Valley College, Brigham Young University, and Riverside City College. In addition to authoring numerous Spanish textbooks, she has published several short stories in Spanish and is presently at work on a novel. In 1988 she was honored as "Faculty Member of the Year" at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Lebredo, Raquel : California Baptist College
Raquel Lebredo was born in Camagüey, Cuba. She attended school in Havana and later enrolled at the University of Havana, where she received a Ph.D. in Education in 1950. After living in Spain for a period of time, she moved in 1968 to the United States. Dr Lebredo was awarded a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California-Riverside, in 1973. Since then she has taught Spanish at Claremont Graduate School, Crafton Hills College, the University of Redlands, and California Baptist College, and has authored several Spanish textbooks. In 1985 she was honored as "Faculty Member of the Year" by the student body at California Baptist College, and in 1991 she received a YWCA "Women of Achievement" award.
Mena-Ayllón, Francisco : University of Redlands
Francisco Mena-Ayllón, a native of Madrid, Spain, received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California-Riverside in 1973. He has taught Spanish language and literature courses at the University of California-Riverside, Oberlin College, California State University-Chico, the University of Redlands, and Crafton Hills College. In addition to authoring numerous Spanish textbooks in the United States, he has written a book about Federico García Lorca and published several volumes of his own poetry in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. His work has also been included in several anthologies of contemporary Spanish poets, and he is listed in Quién es quién en las letras españolas, 1978 (Who's Who in Spanish Letters), as an important contributor to contemporary Spanish literature.
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¡Bienvenidos al mundo hispánico! Lección 1. Sobre las relaciones familiares
El mundo hispánico: España en el corazón Estructuras gramaticales
1. El presente de indicativo 2. El presente progresivo 3. La a personal 4. Formas pronominales en función de complemento directo 5. Formas pronominales en función de complemento indirecto 6. Construcciones reflexivas
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: ¿Eres un papá de medio tiempo? Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme
Lección 2. Sistemas educativos
El mundo hispánico: Mexico lindo y querido Estructuras gramaticales
1. Usos de los verbos ser y estar 2. Adjetivos y pronombres posesivos 3. Pronombres de complementos directo e indirecto usados juntos 4. Uso y omisiones de los artículos definidos e indefinidos 5. El pretérito 6. El imperfecto ¡Continuemos!
Lecturas periodísticas: La red entra en la educación Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme ¿Están listos para el examen? (Lecciones 1-2)
Lección 3. Los deportes y las actividades al aire libre
El mundo hispánico: ¡Vivan Chile, Perú y Ecuador! Estructuras gramaticales
1. Verbos que requieren una construcción especial 2. El pretérito contrastado con el imperfecto 3. Verbos que cambian de significado en el pretérito 4. Los pronombres relativos 5. Expresiones de tiempo con hacer ¡Continuemos!
Lecturas periodísticas: Caminando hasta el fin del mundo Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme
Lección 4. Costumbres y tradiciones hispanas
El mundo hispánico: En el corazón de Sudamérica: Estructuras gramaticales
1. Comparativos de igualdad y de desigualdad 2. Usos de las preposiciones por y para 3. El modo subjuntivo 4. El subjuntivo con verbos o expresiones de voluntad o deseo 5. El subjuntivo con verbos o expresiones de emoción
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: El Corpus de Cuzco Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme ¿Están listos para el examen? (Lecciones 3-4)
Lección 5. Mente sana en cuerpo sano
El mundo hispánico: Las patrias de Simón Bolivar Estructuras gramaticales
1. El imperativo: Ud. y Uds. 2. El imperativo de la primera persona del plural 3. El subjuntivo para expresar duda, incredulidad y negación 4. El subjuntivo para expresar lo indefinido y lo inexistente 5. Expresiones que requieren el subjuntivo o el indicativo
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: Tácticas y estrategias de la pérdida de peso Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme
Lección 6. Una estudiante Americana en Costa Rica
El mundo hispánico: La Suiza de América Estructuras gramaticales
1. El imperativo: tú y vosotros 2. El participio 3. El pretérito perfecto y el pluscuamperfecto 4. Posición de los adjetivos
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: Costa Rica, la Suiza de América Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme ¿Están listos para el examen? (Lecciones 5-6)
Lección 7. ¡Buen provecho!
El mundo hispánico: [to be decided] Estructuras gramaticales
1. El futuro 2. El condicional 3. El futuro perfecto y el condicional perfecto 4. Género de los nombres: casos especiales
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: Maíz: el alimento de los dioses Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme
Lección 8. Nuestras grandes ciudades: problemas y soluciones
El mundo hispánico: Las minorías hispanas en los Estados Unidos Estructuras gramaticales
1. El imperfecto de subjuntivo 2. El imperfecto de subjuntivo en oraciones condicionales 3. El pretérito perfecto de subjuntivo 4. El pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: En el supermercado Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme ¿Están listos para el examen? (Lecciones 7-8)
Lección 9. El mundo del espectáculo
El mundo hispánico: De Uruguay a la tierra del tango
1. El subjuntivo: resumen general 2. Usos de algunas preposiciones 3. Verbos con preposiciones 4. El infinitivo
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: Jon Secada Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme
Lección 10. El mundo del trabajo y la tecnología
El mundo hispánico: Las Antillas hispánicas Estructuras gramaticales
1. La voz pasiva 2. Construcciones con se 3. Usos especiales de se 4. Algunas expresiones idiomáticas communes
¡Continuemos! Lecturas periodísticas: El acceso al Internet Saber leer Piense y escriba Teleinforme ¿Están listos para el examen? (Lecciones 9-10)
Apéndices. A. Algunas reglas generales; B. Verbos; C. Respuestas a las secciones ¿Están listos para el examen? Vocabulario Indice
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