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Mosaicos : Spanish as a World Language-Brief - 4th edition

Mosaicos : Spanish as a World Language-Brief (ISBN10: 0131544209; ISBN13: 9780131544208)
ISBN13: 978-0131544208
ISBN10: 0131544209

Summary: Mosaicos' common-sense, communicative approach addresses the realities of the Elementary Spanish classroom--where students come to class with questions about grammar or feel anxious about communicating in a second language--by presenting grammar as well as vocabulary in a communicative context within the main body of each chapter and by offering carefully sequenced sets of activities that build student confidence and provide abundant opportunities for communicative p moreractice. Strategies as well as practice opportunities are provided for listening, speaking, reading and writing, and cultural understanding is developed along with those communication skills. A flexible set of supplemental materials including electronic versions of the Workbook and Lab Manual, a Student Video CD-ROM and Student Audio CD, allow students to learn and practice on their own, outside of class. Media, including Entrevistas, a new video featuring interviews with native speakers of Spanish and Notas, a new text feature that includes songs from across the Spanish-speaking world and accompanying activities, enhance the communicative goals of the course.


  • A visual, thematic presentation of vocabulary in a communicative context.
    • Provides a richly contextualized, culturally authentic framework for learning and practicing new language using a wide variety of images and language samples.
  • A functional grammatical syllabus--Geared to the communicative needs of beginning students. Grammar is integrated into the chapter presentation and is supported with guided communicative activities.
    • Teaches students to communicate effectively and accurately, and encourages personalized exchanges.
  • Guided communicative/interactive pair and group activities--Students use newly-acquired and previously-learned words, expressions, and structures in a variety of contexts.
    • Enables students to comfortably gain and use vocabulary and grammar in communication.
  • Listening activities that simulate authentic spoken discourse.
    • Develops students' ability to understand spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and situations between two or more speakers.
  • A wide variety of high-interest, authentic Spanish texts.
    • Drawn from a variety of sources, both literary and journalistic. Reading is taught as a process with pre-, during-, and post-reading activities.
  • Step-by-step writing assignments consistently accompanied by writing strategies--Ask students to consider various steps in the writing process in order for their writing to be effective as well as easier to execute.
    • Writing tasks relate to each chapter theme allow students to draw on their own perspectives and experiences in their writing.
  • Integration of culture and language.
    • Includes a highly visual Enfoque cultural section that offers students thought-provoking exposure to cultural topics and countries of the Hispanic world.
  • Thoughtful use of media to enhance the communicative goals of the course.
    • Integrated video and music content accompanied by activities and pedagogical support provide students with dynamic, interesting material from which to learn the target grammar and vocabulary.
  • A flexible set of supplemental materials.
    • Allows students to learn and practice on their own, outside of class. less

Edition/Copyright: 4TH 06
Cover: Hardcover
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 03/16/2005
International: No

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