Incorporated with the activities located in the third "Paso" of every chapter, the "Saber comprender" video provides an overview of the country of focus in each chapter in addition to spotlighting famous people from different regions of the Spanish-speaking world. The workbook activities provide additional practice based on video segments that chronicle the lives of five Spanish-speaking students as they come together and live in a Spanish-speaking country. Corresponding pre-viewing, during and post-viewing activities are located in both the text and the workbook. Also available electronically through iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center.
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Francisco Rodriguez Nogales is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the School of Modern Languages at Santa Barbara City College. He is a specialist in the use of technology in foreign-language teaching and online instruction--his teaching load has been 100 percent online for the past five years. He also has developed several Spanish assessment and placement tools. Nogales was born in Pedrera (Seville), Spain. He completed his bachelor of arts at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, his master's at San Francisco State University, and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Davis.
Fabián A. Samaniego taught for four years at Utah State University before going to the University of California at Davis where he served as Supervisor of Teaching Assistants and Coordinator of the first-year Spanish program for twenty-four years. A specialist in foreign-language pedagogy, Professor Samaniego has been a frequent presenter at foreign-language conferences across the country. He coauthored four college texts and the AATSP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK SERIES FOR TEACHERS K-16, VOLUME 1: SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS. He is also coeditor of LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN LEARNING: TEACHING SPANISH TO NATIVE SPEAKERS OF SPANISH. Professor Samaniego received his bachelor of arts from New Mexico State University and his master of arts from the University of Iowa.
J. Blommers is Associate Professor of Spanish and Program Coordinator for the Spanish Masters program in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at California State University, Bakersfield. He specializes in second-language acquisition and is particularly interested in listening strategies and techniques. Other interests include 19th-century Peninsular literature and Hispanic-American culture. A native Iowan, Professor Blommers studied political science and Spanish at the University of Iowa and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and holds a master of arts and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Iowa.
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