Understanding that students enter the Intermediate Spanish course at different levels, Atando cabos brings students to a common proficiency level and “ties up the loose ends” from their first year of Spanish. Focusing on the significance of culture and interpersonal communication in learning a foreign language, this text is comprised of high-interest, relevant themes that motivate critical thinking and classroom discussions. Concentrating on the development of basic skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an equal emphasis on fluency and accuracy—this text teaches students to express, interpret, and negotiate meaning in context while learning to analyze, compare, contrast, and understand Hispanic cultures.
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Recognizing that students enter second-year Spanish at disparate levels, the authors of Atando cabos focus on “tying up loose ends” and bringing students to a common proficiency level. Though Atando cabos has been carefully revised based on feedback from adopters of the previous editions, the third edition continues to emphasize interaction and communication in a culturally rich environment to increase.
María González-Aguilar was born in Barcelona, grew up and graduated from the Profesorado in Argentina, and completed her postgraduate education at Middlebury College. She taught for ten years in different colleges and universities, including, MIT, the University of Oregon, Tufts University and Middlebury College. María started publishing with PH in 1983 with the first edition of Arriba and Mosaicos. Afterward, while working at MIT she created “Paradoja”, an interactive CD-ROM that deals with the situation of women in Latin America.
María is a professor of the Instituto Cervantes in Paris, where she is responsible for general language courses and for the coordination and teaching of pedagogical workshops for Spanish professors. María also teaches at two of the most prestigious French “Grands écoles”: “Ecole Polytechnique” and “Haute école de Commerce”. She is responsible for the development and teaching of special courses, such as “Sabor Latino” Latin-American foods through music, literature, movies and art or “Actualidad hispana”, a practical course that brings students in contact with Latin-American reality through the analysis of media. María’s passions are traveling, reading, teaching and cooking. She lives in the suburbs of Paris with her husband and son, in a house full of “sabor latino”.
Marta Rosso-O’Laughlin, M.A., a native speaker from Argentina, holds a degree in applied linguistics form the University of Reading in England. She studied second-language methodology at the University of London and holds degrees from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.
For the last nineteen years, Marta has been the chief coordinator of the Spanish-language program at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where she also teaches all levels of Spanish-language courses including linguistics. She is the author of many books for the teaching of Spanish for high school and college and co-author of the second edition of Atando cabos.
Professor Rosso-O’Laughlin conducts teacher-training workshops and courses at several of the universities in the Boston area, at national conferences, and at teaching institutions abroad. She brings a wealth of experience and a rich cultural background to her teaching.
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