Building on skills acquired in the first year, this communicative intermediate program further refines students' linguistic proficiency within a culturally rich framework. Through the use of media, arts, entertainment, literature, and other stimulating topics, Reflejos engages and motivates students to read, write, listen to, and speak about issues that affect their daily lives.
- Manageable, four-skills coverage: This program integrates practice for all four skills and provides a complete learning experience designed to suit a variety of learning and teaching styles, scheduling factors, contact hours, and course objectives.
- Contextualized language provides focus for learning: To help learners easily access language, each chapter focuses on a high-interest cultural theme and immediately presents and practices new and recycled material in the context of colorful visuals, audio passages recorded with native speakers, and magazine-style reading texts.
- Engaging cultural focus builds student competency: To heighten appreciation and encourage students to discuss and explore the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, cultural material is integrated throughout each chapter in a variety of ways, including notes about popular culture, presentations of idioms, explanations of modern Spanish usage, and practice that encourages analysis of authentic literature and fine art.
- Inductive grammar instruction engages more learners: Grammar presentations in English focus on meaning and use, and activate critical-thinking skills by asking students to analyze grammar in context of natural language samples. Consistent re-entry and recycling, use of visuals and examples, and ample in-text practice, as well as extended practice on the Student Web Site, ensure mastery of essential grammatical concepts.
- Ample four-skill practice reinforces learning: The program offers students abundant opportunities to actively use new language and build their skills via a variety of individual, pair, and group practice that ranges from structured exercises to more open-ended activities including illustration-based tasks, topics for oral presentations, and role plays.
- Learning strategy instruction supports student success: To allow students to become more proficient readers and Internet surfers, to write more clearly and concisely, and to foster their independence as critical thinkers, reading, writing, and Internet strategies are explicitly taught and practiced throughout the text. A workshop-style program of instruction, emphasizing genre-based writing techniques and the use of the computer and the Internet, guides students through the process of writing.
- Authentic literature promotes critical thinking: Literary readings--short stories, essays, plays, novels, and poetry--are accompanied by strategy instruction and a variety of oral and written pair and group practice that encourage analysis and reflection, discussion, and, ultimately, an appreciation for literature.