Arriba: Comunicacion y cultura Brief Edition (5th Edition)

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9780135136355: Arriba: Comunicacion y cultura Brief Edition (5th Edition)

Wake up to the new, 5th edition of ¡Arriba! Brief.  Built on a balance of solid grammar and communication skills, the eclectic, balanced approach of ¡Arriba! Brief gives you  the broad foundation that you need to learn Spanish.  Culture frames and infuses every chapter giving you a doorway into the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. Rich in pedagogy and supported by carefully integrated supplementary materials, this complete and versatile program is the result of years of development and class testing. Now, more than ever, ¡Arriba! Brief brings the Spanish-speaking world to you and gives you the tools and motivation to successfully master Elementary Spanish. 

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About the Author:

Eduardo Zayas-Bazán is a native of Camaguey, Cuba. He holds an M.S. in foreign languages from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS, and a Doctor en Derecho degree from Universidad Nacional José Martí, Havana, Cuba. He is a Professor Emeritus in Foreign Languages from East Tennessee State University, where he was chair of the Foreign Language Department from 1973 to 1993. Over the course of his distinguished career, Zayas-Bazán has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional achievements and has held noteworthy positions within many organizations dedicated to teaching Spanish. In addition to writing numerous articles in regional and national journals, he is the co-author, co-editor, and translator of seventeen books, including Conexiones, an intermediate Spanish textbook published by Prentice Hall.

 

Susan M. Bacon earned her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and Spanish Linguistics from The Ohio State University. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati since 1985 and is currently Professor of Spanish and Acting Director for the Institute for Global Studies and Affairs. She has been Project Director of a four-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Fulbright-Robles Scholar in Mexico. She has published extensively in the area of foreign language acquisition and methodology, particularly in the use of authentic listening and reading text. In addition to ¡Arriba!, she has co-authored Conexiones  and Leyendas del mundo hispano.

 

Holly J. Nibert earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. She has eighteen years of experience teaching Spanish language and linguistics at three different institutions, including UIUC, Penn State University at University Park, and Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo.  Presently, she is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of the First-Year Spanish Language Program and TA Training at WMU. Nibert has published various articles on Spanish phonol­ogy and phonetics (on intonation in particular) and the use of technology in teaching Spanish.

Review:

Ritmos

 

- This is one of the reasons why I finally decided to go with ¡Arriba!: music captivates students’ interest and it is a great part of culture.

- Ana Almonte, Hudson Valley Community College

 

Taller

 

- I especially like the Taller and think the students are writing at a higher level than in the past. 

            - Mary Newcomer McKinney, Texas Christian University

 

 

Grammar

 

- I like the Aplicación exercises, especially the readings which integrate the grammar structure as well as the culture.

- Angelina Craig-Florez, Columbia University

 

- The clarity and conciseness of the grammatical explanations is one of the best characteristics of this book.  Grammar explanations are always accurate.

- Roberto Fuertes-Manjón, Midwestern State University

 

 

Organization

 

- The chapters are undoubtedly easy to teach due mainly to the organizational structure.

- Roberto Fuertes-Manjón, Midwestern State University

 

- Grammar and vocabulary are simple and easy to understand by students who do not have any knowledge of language structure.

            - Luis E. Latoja, Columbus State Community College

 

- The layout is easy to follow by both instructor and student.  When you open ¡Arriba! it does not overwhelm you by complicated or confusing organization. 

            - Mikela Zhezha-Thaumanavar, Western Michigan University

 

- Contains a solid, logical progression of information.  Good variety of activities.

            - Neal Anthony Messer, Virginia Military Institute

 

Companion web site

 

- The companion web site is THE BEST, especially the review and practice tests.  A student commented today on how well he liked the web site.

            - Shannie S. Jessup, Surry Community College

 

Culture

 

- The culture sections appear quite useful, unlike many other textbooks I have encountered.

            - Albert Shank, Scottsdale Community College

 

- I think the authors have done a great job of integrating the cultural content into many of the activities, even in the grammar sections. 

            - Kathleen Wheatley, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

 

- I like the art work and inclusion of famous Hispanics like Carlos Santana and Pablo Picasso, Frida & Diego.  It gives me an opportunity to expand on the cultural aspects. 

            - Shannie S. Jessup, Surry Community College

 

Páginas section

 

- Reading selections are very useful and appropriate

- Albert Shank, Scottsdale Community College

 

 Approach

 

- I think it does an excellent job of incorporating all four skills along with meaningful cultural exercises, musical exercises, and video.

- Albert Shank, Scottsdale Community College

 

- We are pleased with the focus on all four skills and the strong cultural component.

            - Kathleen Wheatley, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

 

 

Teacher Annotations

 

- I like the suggestions and teaching tips.  I mentor our teaching assistants and international scholars, who usually have no teaching experience or pedagogy courses.  The suggestions get them thinking more creatively.

            - Mary Stevens, SUNY New Paltz

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