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En contacto, Enhanced Student Text: Gramática en acción, 9th Edition

  • Mary McVey Gill University of Alberta Extension
  • Brenda Wegmann University of Alberta Extension
  • Teresa Mendez-Faith St. Anselm College
  • ISBN-10: 1285461541  |  ISBN-13: 9781285461540
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2007, 2003
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

EN CONTACTO: GRAMÁTICA EN ACCIÓN Enhanced Ninth Edition is designed to put intermediate Spanish students in touch with contemporary Hispanic culture through its language and literature. The program stresses communication and, when used with the LECTURAS INTERMEDIAS volume, emphasizes the acquisition of reading skills and text comprehension.

Features and Benefits

  • Functional language moved to the front of the chapter.
  • Streamlined grammar section contains more charts and concise explanations.
  • Solid grammar explanations are personalized and contextualized for easy understanding.
  • Functional vocabulary presentations focus on high-frequency words in a clear sequence that won’t overwhelm students.
  • “Prácticas” sections found after each grammar presentation encourage creative use of the targeted structures through open-ended activities.
  • “En contacto” section provides games, and pair and group activities for additional speaking opportunities.

Table of Contents

EN CONTACTO: GRAMÁTICA EN ACCIÓN Enhanced Ninth Edition
New Short Films:
Un producto revolucionario, by permission of Enrique Collado Peralta.
Lo importante, by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Encanta Films S. L.
Ana y Miguel, by Manuel Calvo, Encanta Films S. L.
Minería contaminante a cielo abierto en Colombia, by Catalejo Films for Razón Publica.
El árbol de la música, by Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardan.
Un juego absurdo, by Gaston Rothschild, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales.
Preface.
1. EN BUSCA DE LA FELICIDAD.
Presentación del tema: ¿Encontramos felicidad en las fiestas? Vocabulario útil: Fiestas y festivals. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: En la fiesta. En otras palabras: Para saludar a la gente, presentarse, iniciar una conversación, intercambiar datos de contacto. Gramática y vocabulario. Gustar. Vocabulario útil: Algunas actividades del fin de semana. The Present Indicative Tense. Vocabulario útil: Los deportes y otras diversions. The Reflexive (1). Vocabulario útil: Algunos verbos reflexives. Nouns and Articles. En contacto. Videocultura: Madrid, una ciudad alegre.
2. VEJEZ Y JUVENTUD.
Presentación del tema: Pequeño perfil de la juventud española. Vocabulario útil: La familia. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: En el autobus. En otras palabras: Para expresar respeto y cortesía; Despedidas. Gramática y vocabulario. The Preterit Tense. Vocabulario útil: La vida y la muerte. The Imperfect Tense. Preterit versus Imperfect. Hacer + Time Expressions. En contacto. Videocultura: Tres generaciones de una familia ecuatoriana.
3. PRESENCIA LATINA.
Presentación del tema: Una comunidad diversa. Vocabulario útil: La inmigración y el trabajo. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: Conversaciones con inmigrantes. En otras palabras: Para expresar admiración, desaprobración y sorpresa. Gramática y vocabulario. Adjectives
Vocabulario útil: Palabras descriptivas (y sus antónimos). Ser versus Estar. Demonstratives
Possessives. En contacto. Videocultura: En San Antonio, “quien habla dos lenguas vale por dos”.
4. AMOR Y AMISTED.
Presentación del tema: Nuevas tendencias y viejas costumbres. Vocabulario útil: Amor y Amistad. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: Dos invitaciones. En otras palabras: Invitaciones
Gramática y vocabulario. The Future Tense. The Conditional. Comparisons. Vocabulario útil: Características personales. Irregular Comparative Forms; the Superlative. En contacto
Videocultura: Las amistades.
5. VIVIR Y APRENDER.
Presentación del tema: La vida universitaria. Vocabulario útil: La vida estudiantil. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: Mensajes telefónicos. En otras palabras: Para saludar y despedirse por teléfono; Para pedir y dar permiso y para expresar prohibición. Gramática y vocabulario
The Present Subjunctive Mood. Vocabulario útil: Los altibajos del estudiante. Verbs That Take the Subjunctive. The Subjunctive versus the Indicative. En contacto. Videocultura: Hablan los estudiantes.
6. DE VIAJE.
Presentación del tema: El espíritu de aventura. Vocabulario útil: Las vacaciones. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: En Cartagena. En otras palabras: Direcciones y sentidos. Gramática y vocabulario. Direct Object Pronouns. Indirect Object Pronouns; Two Object Pronouns. Vocabulario útil: En el banco o la casa de cambio. Commands. Vocabulario útil: Algunas actividades turísticas. Commands with Object Pronouns. En contacto. Videocultura: Colombia, el riesgo es que te quieras quedar.
7. GUSTOS Y PREFERENCIAS.
Presentación del tema: Gustos musicales y la “música latina”. Vocabulario útil: La música. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: En Bogotá. En otras palabras: Para expresar acuerdo y desacuerdo; Para pedir comida o bebida en un restaurant. Gramática y vocabulario
Affirmatives and Negatives. Gustar, Faltar, and Similar Verbs. Vocabulario útil: Comidas y bebidas. The Subjunctive in Descriptions of the Unknown or Indefinite. Vocabulario útil: La moda. The Subjunctive with Certain Adverbial Conjunctions. En contacto. Videocultura: El baile flamenco.
8. DIMENSIONES CULTURALES.
Presentación del tema: Raíces. Vocabulario útil: Aspectos culturales del mundo hispano
Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: Un panorama cultural. En otras palabras: La falta de comprensión. Gramática y vocabulario. The Reflexive (2). Vocabulario útil: La rutina diaria
The Reflexive with Commands. The Reciprocal Reflexive. Vocabulario útil: Saludos y despedidas a la hispana. The Impersonal Se; The Se for Passive. En contacto. Videocultura: El mestizaje en la cocina Mexicana.
9. UN PLANETA PARA TODOS.
Presentación del tema: Ecuador y los derechos de la “Pacha Mama”. Vocabulario útil: El medio ambiente. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: El ecoturismo y la ecología. En otras palabras: Para dar consejos; Para expresar compasión o solidaridad o falta de compasión o. solidaridad. Gramática y vocabulario. The Imperfect Subjunctive. If Clauses (1). Vocabulario útil: Problemas ambientales. Adverbs. The Infinitive. En contacto. Videocultura: Las mariposas en Ecuador.
10. IMÀGENES Y NEGOCIOS.
Presentación del tema: La imagen vende. Vocabulario útil: Imágenes y negocios
Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: Anuncios comerciales. En otras palabras: Para regatear y hacer una compra; Para solicitar algo; Para ofrecer ayuda. Gramática y vocabulario. Past Participles as Adjectives.The Perfect Indicative Tenses. The Present Perfect and Past. Perfect Subjunctive. Vocabulario útil: Compra y venta. The Passive Voice. En contacto
Videocultura: De compras en Madrid.
11. ¡ADIOS, DISTANCIAS!
Presentación del tema: Los medios sociales y los nuevos “prosumidores”. Vocabulario útil: La computadora y la comunicación. Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: En Bucaramanga. En otras palabras: Para expresar alivio, gratitud y comprensión; Para expresar incredulidad y enojo
Gramática y vocabulario. Sequence of Tenses with the Subjunctive: Summary. If clauses (2). Conjunctions. Por versus Para. Vocabulario útil: Expresiones con por y para
En contacto. Videocultura: Los cybercafés.
12. ¡VIVA LA IMAGINACIÓN!
Presentación del tema: Arte y artesanía. Vocabulario útil: La creación humana
Lengua viva. Audioviñetas: El arte y la imaginación. En otras palabras: Para disculparse; Para expresar vacilación; Para resumir una idea; Para cambiar de tema. Gramática y vocabulario. The Present Participle and the Progressive Forms. Relative Pronouns; The Neuter Lo, Lo que. Vocabulario útil: El mundo literario. Diminutives. En contacto. Videocultura: El Nuyorican Poets Café.
Appendix A: Capitalization, Punctuation, Syllabication and Word Stress.
Appendix B: Numbers, Dates, and Time.
Appendix C: Use of Prepositions.
Appendix D: Regular Verbs.
Appendix E: Spelling-Changing, Stem-Changing and Irregular Verbs.
Vocabulary.
Index.
Credits.

What's New

  • New authentic short films are followed by activities written to help develop skills and reinforce concepts.
  • New National Geographic cultural footage on video.
  • New enhancements to iLrn including the new Share It! feature which enables uploading and sharing of files, such as videos, for assignments and projects. Also new in this version of iLrn is cultural video from National Geographic.

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Student Activities Manual  (ISBN-10: 049590855X | ISBN-13: 9780495908555)

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Student Activities Manual  (ISBN-10: 049590855X | ISBN-13: 9780495908555)

The student activities manual closely follows the organization of the main text to provide additional reading, writing, listening and pronunciation practice outside of class. Listening sections can be completed with the use of the lab audio cds, or online via iLrn, Quia eSAM, or Premium Website.

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Student Activities Manual Audio CDs  (ISBN-10: 049590869X | ISBN-13: 9780495908692)

The SAM audio CD's provide listening input for the out-of-class activities, to be used with the EN CONTACTO student activities manual.

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The text's new Premium Website is your one-stop portal to an online suite of digital resources. You will have complimentary access to the complete in-text audio program in mp.3 format, auto-graded vocabulary and grammar quizzes, cultural Web search activities, and chapter-specific Web links. Premium password-protected content resources include the complete SAM audio program, Videoteca video segments in mp.4 format, the complete video program, audio-enhanced flashcards, links to pronunciation podcasts (available for purchase), and games such as Concentration & Crossword Puzzles, and glossary. You can access the premium assets by packaging a printed access card with a new copy of the text for a nominal fee.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mary McVey Gill

: Mary McVey Gill has co-authored numerous books in Spanish including EN CONTACTO: LECTURAS INTERMEDIAS, and HABLEMOS ESPAÑOL. She worked in academic publishing for many years and co-authored TAPESTRY II: LISTENING/SPEAKING, a book for English language learners.

Brenda Wegmann

Brenda Wegmann received a Master's degree in Spanish literature from the University of Wisconsin and taught Spanish for seven years at Boston University and Northeastern University before moving to Canada in 1974. Since then she has lived with her family in Edmonton while teaching Spanish at the University of Alberta in the Department of Extension and writing Spanish and ESL textbooks, as well as trade books. Among her publications (written in collaboration with outstanding co-authors) are the following: PERSPECTIVAS, EN CONTACTO (for intermediate university Spanish), MOSAIC 1 & 2 (ESL readers), PRONTO Y PRÁCTICO (Practical Spanish for Canadians), STREETWISE SPANISH DICTIONARY / THESAURUS, LAUGH N' LEARN SPANISH (co-authored with cartoonist Lynn Johnston of “For Better or For Worse”), TUNE UP YOUR SPANISH, and most recently, THE RED-HOT BOOK OF SPANISH SLANG AND IDIOMS.

Teresa Mendez-Faith

Teresa Méndez-Faith was born in Asuncion, Paraguay. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan in 1979. She currently resides in New England. An essayist, literary critic and college professor, she teaches Hispanic-American literature at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire. She has authored several books including PARAGUAY: NOVELA Y EXILIO (1985) and NUEVOS CONTEXTOS: DOCE CUENTISTAS CONTEMPORÁNEOS DE HISPANOAMÉRICA (2002), and is co-author of four Spanish textbooks. Teresa Méndez-Faith has been awarded several academic distinctions, including two postgraduate scholarships from the National for Endowment the Humanities, the AAUP “Teacher of the Year” prize at her college (1990) and, also that same year, the “Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award”.