Summary: This introductory Spanish program presents an interactive approach to the language within a cultural context. The program consists of a variety of materials that promote functional use of the language. Each chapter is organized around a theme related to a place or situation that is likely to be encountered by a person studying, working, or traveling in a Spanish-speaking country. Each of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are given equal imp ...show moreortance throughout the components of this
program. Cross-cultural information reflects the diversity of the Hispanic world today.
The Encuentros program teaches students to create with language in a variety of basic contexts. The program develops basic language functions such as listing and enumerating; asking and answering questions; initiating, sustaining, and closing a simple conversation; and learning to respond to a predictable situation in the target culture.
Authentic language and materials provide the same type of listening and reading materials that native speakers hear and read. The development of the receptive skills of listening and reading serves as a foundation for building proficiency in the productive skills of speaking and writing.
Interactive exercises, activities, and role plays simulate the language tasks performed by native speakers.
Functional terms are used in the presentation of vocabulary, grammar, and expressions.
Careful grammar presentations encourage students by allowing them to proceed from partial to full control of individual language structures. Coverage of more complex grammar points is expanded and reviewed throughout the text.
Cultural information introduces students to the Spanish-speaking world and helps them develop an ability to function within that culture. Cross-cultural comparisons and contrasts help students develop cultural understanding. New to this Edition
Increased use of authentic materials from newspapers and magazines provide students real-world language models and cultural information. Realia-based activities make language study more meaningful.
The grammar scope and sequence has been somewhat reduced to allow for more in-depth coverage and greater mastery of the material that is presented. Low frequency verb tenses (future perfect indicative, conditional perfect indicative, imperfect subjunctive, present perfect subjunctive, and past perfect subjunctive) and other minor grammar points (reciprocal nos/se, relative pronouns other than que/quien, stressed possessive pronouns) have been omitted in this edition.
Increased cross-cultural information and exercises help students gain greater cultural sensitivity.