Portales: Comunidad Y Cultura

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For courses in Intermediate Spanish, 3rd/4th semester. Portales is a content based text that helps students develop connections to the world around them by further developing their Spanish language skills as they study other high-interest disciplines. Featuring a student-centered approach to the learning and teaching of Spanish, this National Standards-based text systematically integrates skills and culture in a lively, cutting-edge communicative format. Portales opens many doors for students by providing the tools and strategies needed to broaden their study of the Spanish language and the Hispanic world.

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Portales invites intermediate students of Spanish through the gateways of language learning as they immerse themselves in and make connections with their communities, other disciplines, and the world at large. Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, Portales offers students plentiful opportunities to strengthen their productive skills as they interact with each other and their instructor across interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational domains of communication.


  • A true content-driven style, in which the grammar and vocabulary are tightly woven in and around the main topics
  • Integration of vocabulary, skills development, culture, and grammar into cohesive chapter units
  • A balance between input and output activities, focused on meaningful tasks and real-life contexts
  • Consistent challenge to improve language proficiency while expanding students' knowledge and critical-thinking skills
  • Activities that connect relevant cultural topics and contemporary issues to the lives and experience of students
  • A well-articulated, process-oriented approach to writing for individual and collaborative group compositions


  • Student Text 0-13-025772-9
  • In-text Audio 0-13-112054-9
  • Activities Manual 0-13-049816-5
  • Companion Website™ www.prenhall.com/portales


  • Annotated Instructor's Edition 0-13-049814-9
  • Instructor's Resource Manual 0-13-049817-3
  • IBM and Mac Testing Programs IBM: 0-13-0498181; Mac: 0-13-049810-6

About the Author:

Cathryn Collopy O'Donnell (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) Cathryn Collopy O'Donnell is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages at Fullerton College. Her interests include materials development, reading and writing strategy usage, and the application of technology to the teaching of modern languages. She has presented papers on Hispanic women poets at professional conferences and has also given many workshops and presentations in the areas of distance education, Web site , development, and the National Standards. She has developed and taught online courses for the intermediate level as well as Web-enhanced classes in peninsular literature and first-year Spanish. She has lived and taught in Spain and traveled in Mexico, Panama, and Colombia.

Kathryn E. Kelly (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) Kathryn E. Kelly is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Riverside Community College where she has developed distance education courses, organized various communicative approach workshops and practicums, and served as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages (1990-2001). Her interests include applied linguistics, indigenous civilizations, and Central American literature and culture. She has received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award, among others. She is currently working on a series of teleweb and hybrid courses. She was an AFS exchange student in Ecuador, has carried out research and traveled extensively in Guatemala, taught a study abroad program in Mexico, and has traveled in Costa Rica and Peru. She is active as a volunteer in her community with AFS Intercultural Programs.

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