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Created through a “student-tested, faculty-approved” review process with thousands of students and hundreds of faculty, EXPLORACIONES is an engaging and accessible solution for your introductory Spanish course that accommodates the diverse lifestyles of today’s learners at a value-based price. It is a student and instructor-friendly program that supports today’s contemporary students, while building proficiency in all the language skills through communicative and contextualized activities. EXPLORACIONES is based on materials and activities that capture the interests of a broad student audience, engaging them in situations and topics that go beyond the traditional college experience. EXPLORACIONES includes all of the key concepts that instructors like you require for your course and a full suite of learning aids to accommodate your students busy lifestyle, including tear-out chapter review study cards, self-quizzes, downloadable flash cards, and more. You have definite opinions about textbooks and supplements; EXPLORACIONES aims to give you what you want, how you want it. (a HEINLE Cengage Learning and 4LTR Press program)

Mary Ann Blitt, College of Charleston

Mary Ann Blitt began her Spanish studies at the age of 13 while living in Madrid, Spain. She received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and after spending a year studying at the Universidad de Granada, she returned to the university to obtain a teaching certificate. She later attended Colorado State University, where she received her master's degree in Spanish with interdisciplinary studies in French. After teaching Spanish and coordinating the study abroad program at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods in Kansas City for fourteen years, she joined the faculty at College of Charleston in 2014. Mary Ann has studied in Spain, Mexico, France, and Canada and has trained teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Asunción, Paraguay. She is currently actively involved in professional development workshops.

Margarita Casas, Linn-Benton Community College

Margarita Casas was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She completed her bachelor's degree in sciences and techniques of communication in Guadalajara, Mexico. She holds two master's degrees from Colorado State University, one in Spanish literature with an emphasis on education, and the other in Teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, she is faculty and Chair of the Foreign Language Department at Linn-Benton Community College. She has collaborated on two textbooks prior to EXPLORACIONES and has published a novel, Italia en cuatro estaciones, winner of the first literature contest of the Universidad de Guadalajara. She is an avid traveler who hopes to inspire her students to travel and see the world by themselves.
  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with nearly thousands of students and hundreds of faculty.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Chapter In Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and multimedia resources, and suggested assignments to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
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Hola ¿Qué tal? In this chapter you will learn how to: • Greet and say goodbye to people in formal and informal situations • Describe your classroom, your friends and other people • Use numbers up to 100 and exchange telephone numbers • Spell names. Exploraciones gramaticales. Gender and number of nouns. Definite/indefinite articles and the use of hay. The verb ser. Gender and number of adjectives. En vivo. La lista de útiles escolares. ¿Las prefieres rubias o pelinegras? Conexiones culturales. Latinos e hispanos en el mundo. La diversidad del mundo hispanohablante. Lectura. La identidad de los hispanos. Algunas personas famosas de Latinoamérica y España. Exploraciones profesionales. Trabajo social.
In this chapter you will learn how to: • Talk about your classes • Describe your family and tell ages • Talk about what people do routinely • Express ownership. Exploraciones gramaticales. The verb tener and expressions with tener. Adjective placement. Regular –ar verbs. Possessive adjectives. En vivo. Un plan de estudios. Una tarjeta. Conexiones culturales. La educación en los países hispanos. El papel de la familia y su valor. Lectura. Otros sistemas universitarios. Una familia típica latinoamericana. Exploraciones profesionales. Educación.
In this chapter you will learn how to: Communicate dates, time and seasons • Talk about the weather • Discuss clothing • Discuss your likes and dislikes • Use question words to ask for specific information. Exploraciones gramaticales. Present tense of –er and –ir verbs. Me gusta/te gusta/le gusta (introduction). Stem-changing verbs I (e - ie; e - i). Information questions. En Vivo. La cartelera. La Paz ya tiene Miss Cholita. Conexiones Culturales. Algunas celebraciones. El clima y la ropa. Lectura. La Navidad en algunos países hispanos. Los trajes tradicionales. Exploraciones profesionales. Las ventas
In this chapter you will learn how to: • Describe your town or city • Describe your house • Tell what you and others are going to do in the near future • Request information about the cost of things. Exploraciones gramaticales. The verb ir and the ir + a + infinitive. Estar with prepositions. Stem-changing verbs (o - ue). Adjective placement II. En vivo. Un directorio para turistas. Casas en venta. Conexiones culturales. Ciudades fuera de lo común. Soluciones para la vivienda. Lectura. Algunas ciudades únicas de América Latina. Exploraciones profesionales. Construcción.
In this chapter you will learn how to: • Describe your feelings, emotions and physical states • Talk about ongoing actions • Discuss abilities needed for certain jobs and professions Exploraciones gramaticales. Estar with adjectives and with present progressive. Ser and estar. Irregular verbs with changes in the first person. Saber y Conocer. En Vivo. ¿Eres un genio? Las solicitudes de empleo. Conexiones Culturales. Las emociones y el bienestar. Las profesiones y la economía. Lectura. ¿Quiénes son más felices? Profesiones poco comunes. Exploraciones profesionales. El trabajo social.
In this chapter you will learn how to: • Talk about your daily routine • Discuss your hobbies and pastimes • Talk about sports • Discuss events that occurred in the past Exploraciones gramaticales. Reflexive verbs. Affirmative and negative expressions. Preterite of regular verbs and verbs with spelling changes. Preterite (stem changers). En vivo. La higiene. La biografía de Ana Guevara. Conexiones culturales. La vida diaria. Los deportes en España y Latinoamérica. Lectura. La siesta. Deportistas famosos. Exploraciones profesionales. La salud y el estado físico.
In this chapter you will learn how to: • Request a room in a hotel and any of their services • Use numbers above 100 • Order food in a restaurant. Exploraciones gramaticales. Preterite (irregular). Por and para and prepositional pronouns. Direct object pronouns (3rd person). Direct object pronouns (1st and 2nd person). En vivo. Un folleto de un hotel. Un menú para un restaurante. Conexiones Culturales. Lugares excepcionales. ¡Tanta comida! Lectura. ¿Dónde quedarse: hoteles, moteles, pensiones o albergues? La comida rápida en Latinoamérica y España. Exploraciones profesionales. La hotelería.
At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: • Give instructions • Talk about your hobbies and pastimes • Talk about what you used to do in the past. Exploraciones gramaticales. Indirect object pronouns. The impersonal se and the passive se. Imperfect (used to). Double object pronouns. En vivo. Volante del supermercado. Servicio para fiestas infantiles. Conexiones culturales. ¡Tanta comida! La música. Lectura. Los alimentos del Nuevo Mundo. Literatura para niños. Exploraciones profesionales. La cocina.
In this chapter you will learn how to: At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: • Describe in detail past events • Talk about holidays and celebrations • Give the details of an accident. Exploraciones gramáticales. A comparison of the preterite and the imperfect. Uses of the preterite and the imperfect. Preterite and imperfect with emotions and mental states. An overview of the preterite and the imperfect. En vivo. Un anuncio para una fiesta de quince años. Recomendaciones para peatones. Conexiones Culturales. Festivales y celebraciones. Viajes y transportes. Lectura. El Día de los Muertos. Leyendas urbanas. Exploraciones profesionales. El orden público.
At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: - Discuss daily chores - Give and receive directions - Make travel arrangements - Suggest activities - Make informal and formal requests. Exploraciones gramáticales. Formal commands. Relative pronouns. Informal commands. Commands with pronouns. En vivo. Conexiones Culturales. La economía del turismo. Los trabajadores. Lectura. Adónde ir de vacaciones. La ayuda doméstica. Exploraciones profesionales. Crimonología.
At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: - Express preferences and make comparisons - Describe the state of objects and people. Exploraciones gramáticales. Comparisons. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. Estar with the past participle. Se to indicate accidental occurrences. En vivo. Conexiones Culturales. La moda. Las artes tradicionales. Lectura. Las Tapadas en Perú. Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. Exploraciones profesionales. El periodismo.
At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: - Talk about the future. Talk about what you have done - Discuss the environment - Express your opinions and knowledge about the animal world and the environment, - Express doubt and certainty. Exploraciones gramáticales. Future. Present perfect. Present subjunctive with impersonal expressions. Present subjunctive with doubt. En vivo. Conexiones Culturales. La geografía. La ecología. Lectura. Los parques nacionales en Costa Rica. Animales fantásticos. Exploraciones profesionales. Industria verde.
At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: - Talk about relationships - Express desires and give recommendations - Talk about popular culture - Discuss emotional reactions to events. Exploraciones gramáticales. Reciprocal verbs. Present subjunctive with expressions of desire. Present subjunctive with expressions of emotion. Present subjunctive with adjective clauses. En vivo. Conexiones Culturales. El cortejo. De película. Lectura. La fiesta de quinceañera y sus raíces. Las telenovelas. Exploraciones profesionales. Televisión y cine.
At the end of the chapter, you will be able to: - Discuss health issues with a doctor - Discuss hypothetical situations - Express opinions regarding world issues - Tell what had happened prior to other events in the past. Exploraciones gramaticales. Conditional. Imperfect subjunctive. Pluscuamperfecto. Present subjunctive with adverbial clauses. En vivo. Conexiones Culturales. El valor de la salud. Los países hispanos frente al futuro. Lectura. El valor de la salud. Latinoamérica y la inmigración. Exploraciones profesionales. La medicina.
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Verb conjugations.
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Instructor's Manual, Answer Key, Audioscript

ISBN: 9781305257696
Provided to instructors to share with students at their discretion, the Answer Key provides answers to the activities and the Audioscript provides scripts for all of the recorded material contained in the Student Activities Manual.

Audio CD

ISBN: 9781305257689
Includes all audio files to accompany the listening sections of the Exploraciones Testing Program.


ISBN: 9781305257702
EXPLORACIONES offers three types of videos: New video in the A analizar section models usage of the chapter’s active grammatical concepts in context. The Exploraciones profesionales video segment focuses on the practical use of Spanish in the working world. This section features a variety of professional fields, from elementary education to retail sales to nursing. The segments are closely tied to the chapter theme, grammar, and vocabulary. Exploraciones also includes Geo-Cultural clips to accompany the country profiles included in the Exploraciones del mundo hispano. The video highlights important points of interest of each of the Spanish-speaking countries.

Audio CD with 6 CDs

ISBN: 9781305257665
All recorded material, including dialogues, simulated conversations, and pronunciation practice is provided to instructors on the Student Activities Manual Audio Program.



ISBN: 9781305257702

Audio CD with 6 CDs

ISBN: 9781305257665