Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language

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Provides the listening material for the lab manual, the student audio for the in-text listening activities, and recordings of all the text's active vocabulary.

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Welcome to the third edition of Mosaicas! With this Elementary Spanish program, the beginning classroom becomes a setting for true communication and cultural exchange. Its highly interactive approach combines the best elements of language instruction. The Mosaicos program is built on the foundation of interaction, communication, and culture. Its functional grammatical syllabus provides students with an understanding of the basics of the language in a clear and concise format. There are ample opportunities for practice in engaging activities that often use the student's own point of view as a point of departure, personalizing the language learning experience.

The Mosaicas program offers a full range of components, including its exciting, new interactive multimedia program. This unique media program features a new video, Fortunas, an Activity CD-ROM bound into every new copy of the text, the Companion Website™ at and a new Enfogue interactivo section which integrates the media program into every chapter. Also new to this edition are electronic versions of the Lab Manual and Workbook that allow students to take advantage of these important tools using the power of the Internet. Elements of the Mosaicos technology program are also available in the most widely used course management programs available today, including WebCT™, Blackboard™, and CourseCompass.

For the Instructor:

  • Annotated Instructor's Edition with Activity CD-ROM
  • Instructor's Resource Manual
  • Fortunas Video
  • Testing Program
  • Computerized Testing Program (PC and Mac)
  • Full-color Transparencies
  • Audio Program (Lab CDs/Cassettes)
  • Audio Testing Cassette
  • Picture File

For the Student:

  • Student Text with Activity CD-ROM
  • Student Audio CDs/Cassettes
  • Workbook
  • Workbook Answer Key
  • Lab Manual
  • E-Lab Manual
  • E-Workbook
  • Companion Websiter™ (
  • Spanish on the Internet

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About the Mossaicos Program

Welcome to the third edition of Mosaicos! With this text, the beginning classroom becomes a setting for true communication and cultural exchange. Mosaicos combines the best elements of language instruction in a highly interactive approach. An emphasis on frequently used vocabulary, practical applications of grammar, illustrated language contexts, and engaging activities help to successfully develop good communication skills.

Mosaicos is built on a foundation of interaction, communication, and culture. Its functional grammatical syllabus provides an understanding of the language in a cleat concise format. Structures are presented as a means to effective communication and valuable class time can be spent interacting as well as developing and improving language skills in Spanish.

Highlights of the Program

The third edition of Mosaicos continues the successful tradition of the first and second, retaining and enhancing the core features, and presenting an all-new integrated video, CDROM, and Website that are unique to the Mosaicos program.

Focus on communication

The Mosaicos program features a lively and visual communicative format for presenting and practicing new language. Abundant activities in the A primera vista section of each chapter foster use of newly-acquired and previously-learned words and expressions in a variety of contexts. These contexts provide a natural environment for learning and practicing new vocabulary, as well as for recycling previously-taught language and previewing new structures.

Mosaicos presents grammar as a means to communicate effectively. The scope and sequence of grammatical topics in Mosaicos, Third Edition, is dictated by the communicative needs of beginning students. Activities in the Explicatión y expansión section of each chapter develop the ability to use linguistic structures for direct communicative purposes.

Opportunities for previewing and recycling. The Algo más section is designed to introduce structural points needed for communication in increments, which facilitates students' internalization of these linguistic structures. Throughout the text, annotations suggest opportunities for instructors to review and reinforce recycled structures and vocabulary clusters.

A closer integration of culture and language

In the third edition, the integration of culture and language has been further enriched and developed. Each chapter focuses closely on a country or region, and numerous examples from that country or region are used consistently throughout the chapter in language samples, photos, maps, and realia. Related cultural content is interwoven throughout the text in activities and readings.

Integrated media program

Mosaic, Third Edition offers a robust and truly integrated technology program featuring a new Fortunas Video, an Activity CD-ROM bound into every new copy of the text, and a Website. Each of the 15 chapters now concludes with the newly developed Enfoque interactivo, which integrates the Mosaicos media program—Video, Activity CD-ROM, and Website—into the course. The Enfoque interactivo highlights the activities that are available in the media program, indicates when the activities can be completed, and provides guidance to the instructor and student for when and how to use the media components and for the amount of time required by the task. Also new to this edition are the E-Workbook and E-Lab Manual, which are on-line versions of the print Workbook/Lab Manual.

From skill building to skill using

The unique culture-based Mosaicos sections of each chapter provide skill-building and skill-using activities in each area: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These sections also provide ample opportunities for skill-chaining.

Listening strategy work. Many A escuchar sections include pre-listening activities that provide general listening strategies. In many cases, students are asked to fill in charts, comment on, or otherwise process the information they hear after completing the specific listening task, integrating listening with productive skills.

Personalized speaking activities. More open-ended activities in every chapter provide opportunities for individuals, pairs and groups of students to gather, process and share information in Spanish, stimulating real communication in the classroom. Conversation activities in the A conversar section of each chapter encourage interaction on a personal level combining newly acquired structures and vocabulary in discussions on chapter topics.

Increased attention to reading skills. Pre- and post-reading activities provide opportunities and strategies for developing reading skills. Reading selections include a greater number of authentic texts and reflect a variety of discourse types and styles ranging from journalistic to literary. Texts become longer and more challenging as the book progresses.

Process writing apparatus. Carefully-crafted process writing activities conclude each Mosaicos section. Pre- and post-writing activities are a guide through critical steps in the writing process. Throughout, extensive annotations guide instructors to teach writing as a recursive—rather than linear—process.

Scope and Sequence of the Third Edition

In response to helpful feedback from users of the second edition, the following adjustments have been made to scope and sequence:

  • To quickly facilitate learners' ability to communicate in Spanish, a number of linguistic structures needed for conversation are now presented earlier in the text. For example: question words are now in lesson 1, possessive adjectives are in lesson 2, adverbs and some reflexive verbs appear in lesson 4.
  • Key structural points were moved. In the third edition, the presentation and practice of the preterit has been divided between lessons 6 and 7. Lesson 6 covers the preterit tense of regular verbs and the preterit of ir and ser. Lesson 7 addresses the irregular forms of the preterit, the preterit of -er and -ir verbs whose stem ends in a vowel and the preterit of stem-changing -ir verbs: (e > i)(o > u)
  • Indirect commands were moved to lesson 10, and informal commands to lesson 11; the conditional was moved to lesson 13 to be presented immediately after the future; the past perfect and the infinitive as subject of a sentence and object of a preposition were moved to lesson 14; the imperfect subjunctive was moved to lesson 15.
  • The present perfect subjunctive, the past perfect subjunctive, if clauses using the perfect tenses, and the passive voice were moved to the Expansion gramatical. Instructors who wish to include these structures may incorporate them in the core lessons of the program.

Other features of the third edition that should prove beneficial for both students and instructors are:

  • Expanded Enfoque cultural sections. These sections in each chapter provide practical knowledge of specific cultural topics of the Spanish-speaking world as well as an orientation to the countries that make up that world. Activities in each Enfoque cultural encourage the exploration of Spanish-language Websites to gather information on the cultural topic presented. A new, interactive version of the Enfoque cultural on the Mosaicos Website provides hotlinks to related Spanish language Websites that extend the range of cultural examples to which the student is introduced. The new Mosaicos Website also provides numerous activities based on—and hotlinked to—Websites all over Spain and Latin America.
  • Revised situationes sections offer students guided, semi-guided, and open-ended role plays. These situaciones foster the use of the various patterns of oral exchanges in Spanish, allows for personalization of information and/or the filling of a communication gap, and aim at specific student output.
  • More extensive and consistent use of Cultura boxes. The range of the Cultura boxes has been expanded in the third edition and they now appear in each chapter to ensure students gain an understanding and appreciation of people and cultures while building linguistic skills.
  • Acentos boxes. Syllable stress and accent rules in Spanish often overlooked in introductory texts appear in new concept boxes called Acentos.
  • Lengua boxes, which inform learners of socio-linguistic distinctions in the Spanish language, appeared at strategic intervals throughout the second edition. In the third edition, they appear in every chapter.
  • A investigar boxes as well as A investigar activities appear in every lesson of the text to make the acquisition of cultural knowledge an active process by guiding students to gather information in the library or on the World Wide Web, which they then use to examine the cultural content embedded in the chapter materials.

Organization of the Text

Mosaicos consists of a preliminary chapter (Bienvenidos) and fifteen regular chapters. Through a variety of visual stimuli, the Bienvenidos chapter allows instructors to conduct classes in Spanish from the very first day. Each regular chapter maintains the following consistent structure:

Goals. Succinct, easy-to-understand objectives in each chapter opener provide realistic, communicative, structural, and cultural goals.

A primera vista. This opening section of each chapter provides a richly contextualized, cultural framework for learning a...

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