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Patti J. Marinelli has had a distinguished career teaching Spanish at the University of South Carolina. The recipient of many university awards, she also was named Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers' Association in 2008. She has extensive experience coordinating the introductory Spanish program and mentoring graduate teaching assistants at the university. Marinelli has authored two other Spanish textbooks, including the best-selling high beginner textbook Puentes. Both her teaching and writing are informed by her experiences as a certified ACTFL OPI tester and her expertise in standards-based instruction.Review:
"It seems to be a synthesis of the best of proficiency-oriented instruction, communicative teaching, and an input approach."
"The vocabulary is presented in a very clear way. There are plenty of opportunities for using new words within a meaningful context, and for recycling them."
"I think the book presents/explains grammar quite clearly, and the activities are relevant and useful."
"We have a two-track program, presently using Puentes for advanced beginners. Avenidas seems a good solution to the problem of running two tracks with different types of texts as we are doing now."
"Avenidas provides instructors and students with a large amount of materials and information about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. The authors understand that support for teachers goes beyond...explanations about vocabulary in different Spanish dialects."
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