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9780130276988: Quiosco

For one semester, intermediate level courses especially at schools with an Elementary program of 3 semesters or 3 quarters. Stepping outside of the traditional model of the chapter-by-chapter language text, Quiosco consists of eight "magazines" that simulate various publications and present a wide-range of topics ensuring that students are exposed to contemporary, everyday language in a non-controlling environment. Both formal and informal articles in each magazine are organized by related subjects and lend themselves to the targeted grammar or tenses being studied. The activities in each article encourage students to learn Spanish through the four communicative skills and practice Spanish in an authentic, meaningful way.

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Quiosco is an intermediate communicative Spanish text to be used in one semester of university study. Stepping outside of the traditional model of the chapter-by-chapter language text, Quiosco consists of eight chapters structured as "magazines" that simulate various real-life publications. The chapters present a wide-range of topics ensuring that students are exposed to contemporary, everyday language in a non-controlling environment. Both formal and informal articles in each chapter are organized by related subjects and lend themselves to the targeted grammar or tenses being studied. The activities in each article encourage students to learn Spanish through the four communicative skills and practice Spanish in an authentic, meaningful way.

Features of Quiosco

  • Magazine format
  • Variety of reading sources
  • All materials are from authentic Spanish magazines and newspapers
  • Articles in each "magazine" begin with the least complicated and progress to the more difficult
  • Challenging vocabulary and themes
  • Emphasis on language production activities

Program Components:

  • Student text
  • Workbook
  • Instructor's Resource Manual with Tests
  • Quiosco Website (http://www.prenhall.com/quiosco)
  • Spanish on the Internet

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Quiosco is an intermediate communicative Spanish text intended to be used in one semester or two quarters of university study. Its unique approach to learning Spanish encourages the development of all four skill areas, based on the national standards. Quiosco provides students with a venue to communicate in Spanish, to compare and contrast their own culture with another one as well as with other subcultures within the Spanish-speaking world, and to make connections with other disciplines. Quiosco exposes students to a wide variety of cultural perspectives by incorporating a variety of themes that deal with contemporary issues. Readings in the book are taken from authentic magazine and newspaper articles, which have appeared in journals targeted for native speakers both in the United States and in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics include contemporary issues of interest to men and women, such as technological advances and the sciences, sports, the arts, food, health, the work place, and more. Each chapter contains pre-reading, reading, and post-reading activities that stimulate students to think about the world in which they live. These activities require students to think critically, discuss, and respond in meaningful ways to the ideas and issues presented. Quiosco gives students the opportunity to decode readings, comprehend meaning, practice and acquire new vocabulary, express themselves accurately with a partner or in a group, as well as get a grasp of the target language.

The core of the Quiosco program is the student text, which consists of eight chapters structured as magazines. Each chapter presents a general theme and simulates various publications that are currently on the market. Major grammatical structures, which appear in the text of the articles, are presented at the end of the chapter for students to review. Advanced grammatical structures are introduced early in Quiosco to provide students with the opportunity to move beyond a basic competency in Spanish by mastering from the beginning more difficult syntactic structures. The first chapter provides a review of essential structures that students should have already mastered. Subsequent chapters present the subjunctive mood and commands, the past tenses, future, conditional and probability, the progressive and perfect tenses as well as idiomatic expressions and special expressions with different verbs.

Features of Quiosco

  • Quiosco presents a wide range of authentic magazine and newspaper articles from the Spanish-speaking world.
  • The articles deal with contemporary issues. The language is current and natural, and the vocabulary is glossed in Spanish. We included topical lists of words with their English counterparts with the purpose of encouraging students to expand their vocabulary base and their cultural knowledge of the Hispanic world.
  • The activities are designed to help students understand the readings at the same time that they use and expand the four primary language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We have integrated many open-ended activities to challenge students to create more complex structures in the target language.
  • The grammar points presented in each chapter stem from the articles in the chapter. We have targeted these grammar points and have presented them in a clear, concise format.

General Organization

Web Activities
Throughout Quiosco, students are directed to use technology as a tool for increasing their knowledge of the Hispanic world. Web activities at the beginning of each chapter serve as a warm-up or preview activity and may be completed individually, with a partner, or in small groups.

Ads
Each chapter begins with a culturally authentic advertisement followed by exercises that allow students to preview the theme to come.

Articles
Each chapter progresses from a relatively simple newspaper or magazine article to more difficult ones. Some articles include small inserts called "Recuerda" and "Notas culturales" geared towards reviewing and/or expanding grammar, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge.

Games
Comics, crossword puzzles, or games are found at the vend of each chapter. The goal of this section is to allow students to be creative and playful with the target language.

Grammar Explanation
The grammar review at the end of each chapter presents and provides additional practice for key structures that are functionally related to the readings. Explanations are simple, clear, and concise. Extra practice for grammar sections, also tied to the readings, follow the grammar explanation in a section titled Práctica de gramática y vocabulario.

Chapter Organization and Pedagogy

A comenzar
Each magazine or chapter begins with a Web-related activity. Students are directed to go to a similar magazine on the Web, answer questions, and then discuss the content of that particular publication with a partner or in a small group. Students are exposed to authentic and current news as well as global culture.

A mirar
This section serves to introduce the chapter's theme by presenting culturally authentic advertisements followed by corresponding activities. Students may prepare this section as homework or complete it in class if the instructor thinks appropriate.

A pensar
This section introduces the reading while encouraging students to explore what they already know about a particular topic. Students should preview the A pensar section outside the classroom, complete the corresponding activities, and be prepared to discuss the topic in class with a partner or in a small group.

A aprender y aplicar el vocabulario
Vocabulary is not grouped in a traditional, thematic format, but rather driven contextually by the reading. It is presented in the target language in order to avoid the tendency to translate word by word and to encourage the development and internalization of Spanish. Students should prepare these sections as homework in order to be able to actively participate in the subsequent class discussion.

A comprender
This section offers a series of questions or short activities that check students' overall understanding of the reading. It may be prepared as homework by the students or used by the teacher to check overall comprehension.

A hablar
These paired or small group open-ended activities facilitate the development of the oral/listening skills by sharing common experiences and/or acquired knowledge. Students should complete these activities in class.

A escribir
This series of questions and/or activities invites the students to express their own opinions on a topic while creating more complex, syntactic structures in Spanish. Students may prepare these topics as homework or complete them in class if the teacher thinks it is appropriate.

A divertirnos
Games, crosswords, and comics are provided to allow students to be playful with the target language and for extra practice with targeted vocabulary and grammar.

A escuchar
This section provides students with the opportunity to further practice listening skills. First, the instructor reads a segment to the students. Then, the reading is followed by student response activities that may consist of fill-in-the-blanks, short answers, or formulating questions based on what they have heard.

Techniques and Suggestions for Using Quiosco

  • Based on the needs of the class, you may choose to read all of the articles in a particular chapter or just some of them.
  • Use class time to check comprehension of the articles, to clarify grammatical points, and to provide structured time for monitored oral activities.
  • Provide students with classroom guidelines and allow the class to be more student-centered than teacher-centered.
  • Minimize the use of English at all times.
  • Cooperative learning strategies work well with most activities.
  • Pair students as often as possible with different people who are at different levels of competency in the target language.
  • During paired and group activities, check for and encourage accuracy of the message. Reserve a few minutes at the end of the activity to point out the most common errors you have heard during the activity.
  • Encourage students to keep a journal of corrected mistakes, false cognates, or troublesome structures.
  • Recycle vocabulary as well as grammatical structures and cultural concepts as often as possible.
  • Avoid monopolizing a discussion or cutting off a controversial conversation. Allow students to develop their opinions and express themselves in the target language.
  • Encourage students to reflect on topics, summarize, describe, compare and contrast cultures, and discuss and debate opinions.
  • Encourage students to read magazines and newspapers in Spanish, bring authentic materials to class, practice speaking with friends who are native speakers, listen to Spanish music, and watch the Spanish channel of their local television station.
  • Use process writing techniques such as pre-writing brainstorming, outlines, formulation of a rough draft, and peer editing.

Program Components

Student Text
Quiosco is principally designed to be used in one semester or two quarters, but it is flexible enough for courses covering two semesters or intensive courses.

Workbook
The workbook parallels the structure of the main text but provides further vocabulary and grammar practice. Exercises are based on the readings found in the text and include fill-in-the-blanks, completion exercises, sentence-building activities, and short answer questions. Process writing activities are also included in the workbook.

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