Summary: Each chapter of this successful beginning Spanish program weaves together solid language instruction and opportunities for real-life communication with the rich and colorful threads of Spanish-speaking cultures.
Every chapter focuses on one to two different Hispanic countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--from readings, audio, video, art, to grammar explan...show moreations and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
NEW! The Instructor's Annotated Edition has a new wraparound design with an increased number of helpful annotations, including new ones on teaching composition as well as the 5 C's. A PowerPoint CD-ROM with images and activities that support both vocabulary and grammar presentations is also included.
NEW! Margin notes reinforce the cultural content embedded in activities throughout each chapter, offering students a wealth of knowledge about the Spanish-speaking world.
NEW! Grammar explanations have been revised for clarity, accuracy, and comprehensibility.
NEW! An all-new video program now contains two videos. BIENVENIDOS A..., which corresponds to chapter openers, takes students to the chapter's country or region of focus and provides background information on geography and climate, history and culture, and people and places all over the Spanish-speaking world. A VER, corresponding to the chapter-ending SÍNTESIS follows the lives of five students as they come together in a Spanish-speaking culture, modeling the vocabulary, structures and communicative goals of the respective chapter.
NEW! The popular PLAZAS Magazine that appears after every three chapters now contains articles that are at a level that are more appropriate to beginning students. Each PLAZAS Magazine provides authentic articles that are thematically tied to the corresponding chapters.
NEW! Activities are better sequenced to help students build toward proficiency. Activity direction lines in the new edition are more straightforward and easy-to-follow.
NEW! Question sets in the ENCUENTRO CULTURAL have been revised to move students beyond simple comprehension to personal reaction and critical thinking.
NEW! The EN CONTEXTO dialogs have been rewritten to sound more like authentic, everyday speech without sacrificing reinforcement of the vocabulary and structures targeted in each chapter.
Culture is embedded in every chapter of PLAZAS, giving students an appreciation of different cultural practices and perspectives.
Updated ENCUENTRO CULTURAL boxes in each chapter offer timely information on the cultural practices, products, and perceptions of the region profiled.
Expanded NOS ENTENDEMOS? notes provide sociolinguistic information relevant to either the vocabulary/grammar topic, or to the country of the chapter.
The two-tiered activity sets provide opportunities for students to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language alike.
End-of-chapter SÍNTESIS sections synthesize chapter material with greater attention to the development of all four skills, including reading and writing strategies.
A variety of supplements allow instructors to customize their own language program. Each supplement shares a parallel structure with the text, making it easier to plan lessons.
The Grammar ACTIVITY FILE offers instructors dozens of additional activities ranging from skill practice to open-ended scenarios and information gap activities.
NEW! Based on user feedback, an all-new design and layout makes the new edition even easier for instructors to teach from and easier for students to learn from.
Edition/Copyright:2ND 05 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Heinle & Heinle Publishers, Inc. Published: 02/23/2004 International: No
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PRELIMINAR: AMUCHO GUSTO!
Communicative goals: Greet others, introduce yourself and say good-bye. Exchange personal information (origin, age, address, etc.). Identify quantities of objects. Ask and answer questions. Vocabulary: Greetings and good-byes. Numbers 0 to 30. Interrogative words. The Spanish alphabet. Structures: Subject pronouns and the Present tense of the verb ser & tener. The verb form hay and numbers 1-30. Question words and inflection. The Spanish alphabet. Cultural Information: El lugar de encuentro: Las Plazas. Ser informal o formal? Tu o usted? El mundo hispanoamericano.
1. EN UNA CLASE DE ESPAÑOL: LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS.
Communicative goals: Identify people and things in the classroom. Indicate relationships and specify colors. Describe everyday activities. Talk about academic courses and university buildings. Say what you like and don't like doing. Tell time. Vocabulary: In the classroom. The colors. Foreign languages and other academic courses and majors. University places and buildings. The time and the days of the week. Structures: Definite and indefinite articles and how to make nouns plural (gender of nouns). Present tense of regular -ar verbs. Me gusta + infinitive. Cultural Information: El español en los Estados Unidos. La educación en Latinoamerica y España. El sistema de 24 horas.
2. EN UNA REUNIoN DE FAMILIA: MeXICO.
Communicative goals: Define and ask about family relationships. Indicate ownership and possession. Describe people and things. Indicate nationality. Express physical status. Count from 30 to 100. Describe daily activities at home or at school. Vocabulary: The family. Physical features and personality. Nationalities. Numbers 31 to 100. Structures: Possessive adjectives. Possession with de(l). Common uses of the verb ser. Agreement with descriptive adjectives. Present tense of -er and -ir verbs. Common uses of the verb tener. Cultural Information: Los nombres y apellidos en español. La familia hispana.
3. EL TIEMPO LIBRE EN COLOMBIA.
Communicative goals: Describe leisure-time activities. Express likes and dislikes. Express plans and intentions. Describe basic actions, places and activities in town. Talk about the months, seasons, and the weather. Vocabulary: Sports and leisure-time activities. Places. The months, the seasons, and weather expressions. Structures: Gustar + infinitive and gustar + nouns. Ir a + destination or infinitive. Irregular yo verbs. Saber, conocer, and the personal a. Cultural Information: Los deportes en el mundo hispano. El cafe en Colombia y en el mundo. Revista 1.
4. EN LA CASA: ESPAÑA.
Communicative goals: Describe the features of your home or personal residence. Talk about furniture and appliances. Describe household chores. Make commands. State locations and describe feelings. Describe actions in progress. Count from 100 and higher. Vocabulary: Home and furniture. Appliances and household chores. Numbers 100 and above. Structures: Present tense of stem-changing verbs (e> ie, o> ue, e> i). More idioms with tener. Affirmative tu commands. Estar and the present progressive. Cultural Information: Gaudí y su obra. Viviendas en Lationamerica y España.
5. LA SALUD: BOLIVIA Y PARAGUAY.
Communicative goals: Identify parts of the body. Describe daily routines and hygienic practices. Talk about what you have just finished doing. Talk about illnesses and health conditions. Describing people, things, and conditions. Pointing out people and things. Vocabulary: The human body. Health care (illnesses, symptoms, and medical treatments). Structures: Reflexive pronouns and present tense of reflexive verbs. Acabar de + infinitive. Ser vs. estar. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. Cultural Information: Bolivia y la salud. Tradición de hierbas: Yerba mate en Paraguay y las hojas de coca en los Andes.
6. QUIERES COMER CONMIGO ESTA NOCHE? VENEZUELA.
Communicative goals: Talk about foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make comparisons. Order food in a restaurant. Describe past events in detail. Vocabulary: Food and beverages. Dining out. Structures: Comparatives and Superlatives. Verbs regular in the preterite. Verbs with item changes in the preterite. Cultural Information: La comida típica venezolana. Los postres venezolanos. Revista 2.
7. DE COMPRAS: ARGENTINA.
Communicative goals: Talk about shopping for clothing. Make emphatic statements about possession. Talk about singular and/or completed events in the past. Make selections and talk about sizes and other shopping preferences. Describe ongoing and habitual actions in the past. Vocabulary: Clothing and fashion. Shopping. Structures: Stressed possessives. Verbs irregular in the preterite. Direct object pronouns. Imperfect tense. Cultural Information: De compras en Buenos Aires. El Tango argentino.
8. FIESTAS Y VACACIONES: GUATEMALA Y EL SALVADOR.
Communicative goals: Talk about holidays, events and activities in the beach and the countryside. Describe changes in emotion. Narrating in the past. Inquire and provide information about people and events. State indefinite ideas and quantities. Talk about periods of time since an event took place. Vocabulary: Parties and celebrations. The beach and the country. Structures: Preterite vs. imperfect. Affirmative and negative expressions. Hace and hace que. Cultural Information: Santo Tomas de Chichicastenango. El arzobispo Oscar Arnulfo Romero.
9. DE VIAJE POR EL CARIBE: LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, CUBA Y PUERTO RICO.
Communicative goals: Talk about air travel, other types of transportation, and lodging. Simplify expressions with indirect and double object pronouns. Talk about getting around in the city. Give directions and express desires. Make informal requests. Vocabulary: Airline travel. Hotels. Directions. Structures: Indirect object pronouns. Double object pronouns. Prepositions and adverbs of location. Formal and negative tu commands. Cultural Information: La Republica Dominicana: Santo Domingo, la primera ciudad de las Americas. Cuba: Escuela Latinoamericana de Ciencias Medicas. Puerto Rico: Estado Libre Asociado. Revista 3.
10. LAS RELACIONES SENTIMENTALES: HONDURAS Y NICARAGUA.
Communicative goals: Talk about relationships and courtship. Describe recent actions, events, and conditions. Describe reciprocal actions. Talk about receptions and banquets. Qualify actions. Vocabulary: Personal relationships. Receptions and banquets. Structures: Present perfect. Reciprocal constructions with se, nos and os. Adverbs and adverbial expressions of time and sequence. Relative pronouns. Cultural Information: Los novios en los países hispanoamericanos. Las bodas en el mundo hispano.
11. EL MUNDO DEL TRABAJO: PANAMA.
Communicative goals: Talk about professions, the office, and work-related activities. Make statements about motives, intentions, and periods of time. Describe the job hunt, benefits, and personal finances. Express subjectivity and uncertainty. Express desires and intentions. Vocabulary: The professions. The office, work, and the job hunt. Personal finances. Structures: Por and para. Subjunctive mood and impersonal expressions with the subjunctive. Formation of the present subjunctive and statements of volition. Cultural Information: El canal de Panama. Protocolo en los negocios en el mundo hispanohablante.
12. EL MEDIO AMBIENTE: COSTA RICA.
Communicative goals: Talk about rural and urban locales and associated activities and problems. Express emotion and opinions. Talk about the conservation and exploitation of natural resources. Hypothesize and express doubts and uncertainty. Talk about a nature preserve, animals, and endangered species. Vocabulary: Rural and urban geography. The environment. Animals and the wildlife preserve. Structures: Subjunctive following verbs of emotion, impersonal expressions, and ojala. Subjunctive to state uncertain, doubtful, or hypothetical situations. Cultural Information: Costa Rica: Puros igredientes naturales. Costa Rica: Estación biológica "La Selva". Revista 4.
13. EL MUNDO DEL ESPECTACULO: PERU Y ECUADOR.
Communicative goals: Talk about television and other forms of popular culture. Talk about anticipated actions. Talk about the arts and the vocations of artists. Talk about unplanned or accidental occurrences. Describe completed actions and resulting conditions. Vocabulary: Television programs and movies. The arts and artists. Structures: Subjunctive with purpose and time clauses. Se for unplanned occurrences (No-fault se). Past participle (as adjective). Cultural Information: La cinematografía en Latinoamerica. Oswaldo Guayasamín.
14. LA VIDA PUBLICA: CHILE.
Communicative goals: Talk about politics and elections. Talk about future events. Talk about political issues and the media. Express conjecture or probability. Vocabulary: Politics and voting. Political issues and the media. Structures: The future tense. The conditional tense. Present perfect in the subjunctive mood. Cultural Information: El gobierno de Chile. La libertad de la prensa.
15. LOS AVANCES TECNOLoGICOS: URUGUAY.
Communicative goals: Talk about home electronics and computers. Make statements in the past with the subjunctive mood. Talk about hypothetical situations. Vocabulary: High-tech appliances. The computer. Structures: Past (imperfect) subjunctive. Imperfect subjunctive in hypothetical statements. Cultural Information: Las telecomunicaciones en Uruguay. Equipos: En la palma de la mno (Es una nueva realia sobre las agendas electrónicas). Revista 5.
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