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Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape

Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape - 5th edition

Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape - 5th edition

ISBN13: 9780079131348

ISBN10: 0079131344

Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape by Marty Knorre, Thalia Dorwick and Ana Maria Perez-Girones - ISBN 9780079131348
Edition: 5TH 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
International: No
Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape by Marty Knorre, Thalia Dorwick and Ana Maria Perez-Girones - ISBN 9780079131348

ISBN13: 9780079131348

ISBN10: 0079131344

Other Editions of Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape

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Puntos de partida boasts a well-deserved reputation as a beginning Spanish book that is consistently reliable. When instructors need a book that won't let them down, this is the text they turn to. The chapter structure is straightforward, consistent, and reflects what instructors actually do in class. The grammar explanations are written in plain English, are easy for students to understand, and contain plenty of examples. The exercises and activities are varied and plentiful, do not require deciphering, and can be counted on to work. Puntos de partida fifth edition offers a variety of new features, all sure to please but also sure to work. A new audiotape accompanies the student text, providing listening practice. Several chapters explore new themes, such as pop culture and art. A new culture feature called En los Estados Unidos... focuses on U.S. Hispanics. A beautiful new design makes the text clearer, more attractive, and easier to use. Over half the readings are new to this edition and longer readings are broken into manageable chunks.

New to This Edition:

  • The fifth edition of Puntos de partida has been shortened to 18 chapters, plus the Ante todo and the Capítulo final, making it convenient for use over either 2 or 3 terms. Each of the chapters in Puntos is organized around a unifying topic or theme, providing a context for the vocabulary and grammar presented within it. Several chapter themes are new to this edition, including pop culture (such as movies and music) and the stresses of modern-day life.
  • Over half of the readings in Puntos de partida, Fifth edition are brand new. The focus of the readings is to emphasize cultural information about the Spanish-speaking world and to reflect the types of materials Hispanics read for pleasure or for news.
  • Readings are now accompanied by visuals to make them more comprehensible and longer readings are broken down into more manageable chunks. All pieces of realia are now accompanied by in-text activities called "El espa-ol en directo!." The present subjunctive is still introduced early in Puntos de partida, 5th ed. (Ch. 6), but for recognition only, in the context of the formal (Ud., Uds.) commands, with the complete presentation of the topic beginning in Ch. 12. In general, the grammar in the second half of the text has been reorganized to flow more smoothly. A new streamlined design makes Puntos clearer, easier to use, and more attractive.
  • The new design emphasizes important materials in order to help students learn more easily and efficiently. Each chapter now begins with objectives that clearly state what instructors can expect to find and students to accomplish in each chapter. Most of the grammar is presented in charts or schematic form to make it easier to locate, refer to, and review.
  • By combining of familiar language with new material, Puntos gives students a chance to get their feet wet before diving in completely.
  • The Puntos package also includes an interactive CD-ROM, tied specifically to the fifth edition. This exciting multimedia component incorporates "Quicktime" scenes from the Puntos video, along with comprehension questions, and fun, interactive games that involve higher-order thinking and skill development. Other features of the CD-ROM include background cultural information on sites the students see in the Puntos video and an interface with the Internet to allow exploration of the cultural opportunities on the Web.


  • The chapter structure in Puntos de partida is very manageable and easy to understand. Chapters are designed to be taught through from start to finish, a feature which is especially reassuring to inexperienced teachers. No jumping around or flipping back and forth is necessary. The explanations are written in language designed for beginning students, whose knowledge of English grammar may be limited.
  • Grammar points are always introduced in context with a short dialogue or other instructional device, illustrated with several examples, and followed up with lots of practice material.
  • When it comes to practice material, Puntos de partida offers an embarrassment of riches. The authors know from personal experience that having more activity options than one can use is never a mistake, whereas running out of things to do in class can be a nightmare.
  • Each grammar point is supported with a wide variety first of focused exercises and then of communicative activities. The activities and their instructions are clear and easy to follow, so valuable class time is not wasted on deciphering directions or on elaborate set-up. Best of all, the activities can be counted on to work.

Author Bio

Knorre, Marty :

Dorwick, Thalia :

Perez-Girones, Ana Maria : Wesleyan University

Glass, William R. :

Villarreal, Hildebrando : California State University-Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Ante todo

Capítulo uno: En la universidad

Vocabulario: Preparacion

En la clase; ¿Donde? Lugares en la universidad; ¿Qué? Cosas; ¿Quién? Personas

Las materias

Minidíalogos y gramática

1 Singular Nouns: Gender and Articles

Identifying People, Places, and Things

2 Nouns and Articles: Plural Forms

Identifying People, Places, and Things

3 Subject Pronouns; Present Tense of -ar Verbs; Negation

Expressing Actions

4 Asking Yes/No Questions

Getting Information
Cultural Readings & Additional Activities

Nota cultural: The Hispanic Educational System

En los Estados Unidos: La profesora Alma Flor Ada

Lectura: Las universidades hispánicas

Para escribir


Skills Practice

Situaciones (Video dialogue)

Clave para estudiar: El vocabulario

Pronunciacion: Diphtongs and Linking

Nota comunicativa: The verb estar

Estrategia: More on Guessing Meaning from Context

A proposito... Using Linking Words

(From this point, only grammar points will be listed.)
Capítulo 2
Grammar points:

ser + ser de; del
-er, -ir verbs

Capítulo 3
Grammar points:

possessive adjectives (unstressed)
tener, venir, preferir, querer, poder
idioms with tener
ir, ir a; al

Capítulo 4
Grammar points:

stem-changing verbs
demonstrative adjectives
reflexive verbs and reflexive pronouns

Capítulo 5
Grammar points:

present progressive
summary of ser/estar

Capítulo 6
Grammar points:

direct object pronouns
indefinite and negative words
formal commands
introduction to subjunctive (for recognition only)

Capítulo 7
Grammar points:

indirect object pronouns; dar and decir
preterite of regular verbs and of dar, hacer, ir, ser

Capítulo 8
Grammar points:

irregular preterites
preterite of stem-changing verbs
double-object pronouns

Capítulo 9
Grammar points:

imperfect of regular and irregular verbs
summary of interrogative words

Capítulo 10
Grammar points:

using the preterite and imperfect
relative pronouns
reciprocal actions with reflexive pronouns

Capítulo 11
Grammar points:

hace + time + que
se to express unplanned occurrences
por and para, a summary of their uses

Capítulo 12
Grammar points:

informal commands
present subjunctive (introduction and uses)
subjunctive following verbs of influence

Capítulo 13
Grammar points:

subjunctive used with emotions
subjunctive used with doubt and denial

Capítulo 14
Grammar points:

past participle used as an adjective
present perfect (indicative and subjunctive)

Capítulo 15
Grammar points:

subjunctive after nonexistent/indefinite antecedents
subjunctive after conjunctions of contingency and purpose

Capítulo 16
Grammar points:

future tense (regular and irregular)
subjunctive and indicative after conjunctions of time

Capítulo 17
Grammar points:

past subjunctive
stressed possessives

Capítulo 18
Grammar points:

conditional tense
if-clause sentences

Other Editions of Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish / With One Tape

Puntos De Partida / With Tape by Knorre, Dorwick, Perez-Girones, Glass and Villarreal - ISBN 9780072404401
Puntos de Partida : An Invitation to Spanish-Text Only by Marty Knorre - ISBN 9780070358928