Puntos de partida means "points of departure," which is precisely what this course provides for new learners of Spanish as a foreign language--it's a point of departure for a vast array of learning opportunities, including both the language and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
Built on the foundation of a bestselling, classroom-tested introductory Spanish program, this edition has been thoroughly adapted for the needs of both Spanish instructors and learners in Canadian contexts. The cultural aspects of the course have been woven throughout the language syllabus and exercises, and include information about Hispanic people, places, arts and achievements around the world, as well as about Spanish-speaking communities across Canada.
By bringing cultural and pedagogical updates, Puntos de partida, Canadian edition, makes learning Spanish both accessible and highly motivating, the two key factors in successful foreign language acquisition.
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When Puntos de partida first published in 1981 it introduced a new era in language materials and language instruction in this country through its hallmark focus on communicative language proficiency and the development of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Puntos has established itself as one of the market leaders among introductory Spanish textbooks. In this 20th Anniversary Edition, Puntos will continue to offer the most teacher- and student-friendly textbook on the market as well as a host of exciting new features, most notably a state-of-the-art Instructor's Edition.About the Author:
Marty Knorre was formerly Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Coordinator of basic Spanish courses at the University of Cincinnati, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in language, linguistics, and methodology. She received her Ph.D. in foreign language education from The Ohio State University in 1975. Dr. Knorre is coauthor of Cara a cara and Reflejos and has taught at several NEH Institutes for Language Instructors. She received a Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1991.
Gabriela C. Zapata is an assistant professor in Spanish applied linguistics, and the language program coordinator for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. She received her PhD in Spanish applied linguistics as well as an MA in teaching English as a second language at Pennsylvania State University. A native of Argentina, she also earned a BA and a teaching certificate in teaching English as a foreign language at the Instituto Enseñanza Superior "Olga Cossettini" in Rosario, Argentina.
Gabriela is currently responsible for all pedagogical and administrative aspects of the Spanish Language Program at the University of Alberta, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Spanish as a foreign language, applied and Hispanic linguistics, second language acquisition, and second/foreign language pedagogy. Before assuming her current position, she also taught in Spanish language programs at Penn State University, the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, and at Tulane University in the U.S. Her research interests include second language acquisition, bilingualism, first language attrition, computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in second/foreign language classrooms, language program direction, and materials development.
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