The fourth edition of this text is a communication-based program designed to help students develop competency in Spanish by allowing them to interact with their peers and instructors on a daily basis. The Competency Approach challenges students to understand the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures by encouraging them to use their own resources and apply it to what they are learning.
Culturally integrated chapters focus on a specific Spanish-speaking country. Every element of the chapter, from the input, guided practicem and open-ended practice, to the role-plays, listening activities, readings, and grammar, is designed to reflect the highlighted country.
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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.
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.
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Book Description Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 4th. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0030291917