The DÍMELO TÚ!, Fifth Edition, program is a culturally rich, communication-based program designed to help students develop competency in Spanish by allowing them to interact among themselves and with their instructors on a daily basis. This dynamic approach challenges students to arrive at an understanding of the Spanish language and cultures by tapping into knowledge they already have and applying it to what they are learning. DÍMELO TÚ! encourages students to use their own resources, thus putting full emphasis on the learner and assigning the role of facilitator to the instructor.
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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.
Magaly Lagunas-Solar was born in Santiago, Chile. She has a Bachelor of Arts in both French and Education from the University of Chile, Valparaiso, where she taught French for seven years. She completed her Master's degree in Spanish Linguistics at the University of California at Davis, where she is A.B.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Professor Lagunas-Solar has been involved in several second-language acquisition projects, both in Chile and in the United States. She is currently working on a reading proficiency project at California State University, Sacramento, where she is a Spanish lecturer in the Foreign Language Department.
Viviane Ritzi-Marouf was raised as a French-Spanish bilingual in Geneva, Switzerland. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both French and Spanish at Brigham Young University. At the University of California at Davis, she completed the Master's degree program first in French, then in Spanish. She has taught at a number of colleges and universities in northern California. She received an Outstanding Teacher Award in Solano Community College in Sacramento in 1993 and again in 1994. Currently, she is head of the French Department and an instructor in Spanish at the Folsom Lake College.
"I will continue to use DÍMELO TÚ because I really feel that the other textbooks don't pay attention to the differences amongst countries in a significant way and DÍMELO TÚ is very comprehensive. I never feel that my beginner students will become culturally incompetent intermediate learners."
"We like the particular way that the package implements a 'communicative approach'. Specifically, we like the students studying the grammar on their own (the colored pages) and then coming to class prepared to put the theory into real-life practice, particularly in small-group activities."
"DIMELO TU is an organized and interactive program; especially important is the fact that you [as the instructor] are the facilitator."
"I liked the organization and sequence of materials presented. I enjoyed very much the different exercises and how these were linked. The exercises were contextualized so I never felt lost as I went through the review of the text materials. I also enjoyed how dynamic the exercises were. Another aspect of the textbook that I considered an asset is the opportunity the text gives the instructor and the students to interact with realia from the web inside and outside the classroom."
"Integration of culture through various means (Noticiero cultural section, Youtube research, iTunes references). This is great!"
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