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iLrn Language Learning Center for Conectados 1st Edition

Patti J. Marinelli, Karin Fajardo

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CONECTADOS is an innovative introductory Spanish program that features a unique blend of online and in-class activities designed to help students connect with the Spanish-speaking world, other academic disciplines, and one another. Given that face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses are characterized by varying amounts of online and in-class time, CONECTADOS can be tailored by instructors and course coordinators to adapt it their needs.

iLrn™ Language Learning Center gives your students everything they need to master the skills and concepts of the course.

Patti J. Marinelli, University of South Carolina

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.

Karin Fajardo,

Karin Fajardo is an educational publishing professional who has authored language learning materials for more than a dozen Spanish textbooks across all levels. As a native Spanish speaker who has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Spain and Latin America, her primary focus has been to generate culturally rich interdisciplinary language lessons. Fajardo also is a pioneer in the creation of online products and the development of authentic video for instructional purposes. Her current writing interests focus on self-directed learning.
  • CONECTADOS promotes self-regulated learning. Learners preview the chapter topics; are presented with learning outcomes; work through guided, interactive activities to confirm their understanding of key points; and then reflect on what they have learned. Material is presented in manageable chunks with countless activities and support materials. In addition, formative feedback is provided for all auto-gradable activities in Gramática; students not only find out which items they have answered incorrectly, but also receive detailed explanations so that they better understand the source of their error.
  • Instructors have access to PowerPoint® presentations to use in class. There are three PowerPoints per chapter (one per paso), and they are meant to enhance the in-class experience with visual cues and ideas for in-class communicative activities.
  • An online Instructor Resource Manual provides audio scripts; video scripts; testing guidelines; rubrics; syllabi; and tips on how to manage a flipped, hybrid
  • CONECTADOS fosters a sense of community within the classroom through social networking-type activities (Nosotros/Share It!) and a community page. It also connects students with the larger Spanish-speaking community by having them perform real-life tasks using authentic online sites (Exploración).
  • CONECTADOS makes connections with other academic disciplines through the use of video sourced from National Geographic (Reportaje) and readings (Conectados con...). Students learn about a variety of subjects in Spanish and continue their exploration of other academic disciplines in Conexiones y comparaciones activities.
  • CONECTADOS appeals to the millennial generation. It uses current technology that provides variety of media-rich activities, immediate feedback, and learning through discovery and analysis rather than lectures. In-class activities are engaging, fun, and collaborative.
  • CONECTADOS is flexible, customizable, and easy to use. Conceptualized to be used in face-to-face, hybrid (blended), and fully online courses, it includes convenient syllabi templates for easy planning.
  • CONECTADOS systematically recycles content. As the chapters progress, Practice it! activities and Use it! activities regularly incorporate themes and structures from earlier chapters. In the Communication Manual, the recycling icon indicates content that is re-entered and integrated into new material.
  • CONECTADOS has a robust testing program that accommodates many course configurations. The assessment tools include a quiz for every paso and a test for every chapter, as well as midterm and final exams. Online, students can complete self-tests to prepare for the tests and exams. In addition, materials for an Integrated Performance Assessment are provided for every chapter. Rubrics are integrated into the assessments for easier and faster grading of writing and speaking tasks.
  • Students are able to assess themselves via an online self-test (two per chapter), which provides a personalized study plan after they have taken the self-test. The results of the self-tests give students feedback on their strengths and weaknesses of the chapter's material and what they can do to grasp the concepts better. These results link students directly to grammar tutorials, vocabulary flashcards, and specific presentation screens for further study.
  • Conectados is supported by a robust assessment program that is available online and as Microsoft® Word files. Each chapter has two versions of an exam that covers the content and tests the listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills of the student. There are also midterm and final exams for both two-semester and three-semester configurations. This part of the testing program is accompanied by audio tracks, which are accessible online or on an audio CD. In addition, an Integrated Performance Assessment with a rubric is available for each chapter. For more granular assessments, Paso Level Quizzes are available online. These short, auto-gradable quizzes cover the vocabulary and grammar content presented in a single paso.
1. ¡A conocernos!
Comunicación. Introduce yourself and others. Greet others and ask how they''re feeling. Count to 100. Exchange basic personal information. Describe your classroom and campus. Say where you''re going around campus. Share it! Get to know your classmates; popular videogames and other topics. Vocabulary: Greetings and leave takings. Introductions. Physical and emotional conditions. Classroom objects and expressions. Places around campus. Words to describe location. Grammar: Numbers 0-100. Subject pronouns and the verb “estar.” Nouns and articles. The verb “ser.” The verb “tener” and expressions with “tener.” The verb “ir.” Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo. The Spanish-speaking world. Conectados con la geografía: Cinco maravillas geográficas del mundo hispano. Conectados con la neurociencia: ¡Jugar es bueno para ti! Reportaje: Bolivia''s Madidi National Park. Perspectivas: Where do students live?
Exploración: Famous people. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A message to a former roommate. Pronunciación: Vowels. Estrategias: Reading Recognizing cognates.
Estrategias: Listening/Viewing. Viewing a segment several times. Estrategias: Writing Using tilde, accent marks, and punctuation.
2. La vida estudiantil.
Comunicación. Describe your classes and professors. Tell time. Talk about weekday and weekend activities. Extend, accept, and decline invitations. Make statements and ask questions. Share it! Experiences about student life; social media or common addictions. Vocabulary: Talking about majors and classes. Days of the week. Describing professors. Telling time. Everyday activities. Invitations. Leisure activities.
Expressions of frequency. Grammar: Adjectives. Basic sentences and negation. Present tense of -ar verbs. Yes/No questions. Present tense of -er and -ir verbs. Information and tag questions. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Spain. Conectados con la cinematografía: El cine español. Conectados con la sociología: Adictos a las redes sociales. Reportaje: Barcelona''s street life. Perspectivas: Social life at the university.
Exploración: University curricula. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A message to an exchange student. Pronunciación: The letters ll, ñ, and rr. Estrategias: Reading. Scanning for specific information. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Listening for cognates and key words. Estrategias: Writing. Creating statements and questions.
3. Entre familia y amigos.
Comunicación. Talk about family, friends, and pets. Express possession. Describe people and make comparisons. Describe some gatherings and celebrations. Express likes and dislikes. Share it! Family memories; Hispanic scientist or role science plays in your life. Vocabulary: Family, friends, and pets. Describing family photos and family. Physical characteristics. Age. Character and personality traits. Parties, celebrations, and activities. Party-related expressions. Grammar: Possessive adjectives. Ser and estar. Making comparisons. Superlatives. Present tense of stem-changing verbs. Present tense of gustar. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo. Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico. Conectados con la biología: Cuatro especies en peligro de extinción. Conectados con las ciencias: ¿Qué es la ciencia?
Reportaje: Cuba through the eyes of photographer David Alan Harvey.
Perspectivas: Birthday celebrations. Exploración: Host families. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A letter to a host family. Pronunciación: The letters j, h, and ch. Estrategias: Reading Using prior knowledge. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing. Watching without sound. Estrategias: Writing Connecting sentences.
4. ¡Buen viaje!
Comunicación. Discuss vacation plans. Talk about dates, weather, and seasons.
Express what is going on. Plan travel, lodging, and sightseeing. Express plans, preferences, and obligations. Share it! Vacation experiences; Day of the Dead celebration. Vocabulary: Talking about vacation. Vacation activities. Weather expressions. Months of the year. Seasons and dates. Travel-related expressions. Transportation. Grammar: Irregular verbs in the present tense. Future ir + a + infinitive. Numbers over 100. Present progressive. Verb phrases. Indefinite and negative expressions. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Mexico. Conectados con la música: La música del mundo hispano. Conectados con la religión: Homenaje a los muertos. Reportaje: Mexico''s culture and natural wonders. Perspectivas: Tourist destinations. Exploración: A trip to Los Cabos. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: An article on a popular vacation destination. Pronunciación: Intonation of statements and questions. Estrategias: Reading Identifying key information. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Using visuals to aid comprehension. Estrategias: Writing Composing sentences
5. Todo en un día.
Comunicación. Describe your daily routine. Talk about your room and chores. Describe a house and its furnishings. Say where things are located. Talk about past actions.
Share it! Information about where you live; archaeology. Vocabulary: Daily routine activities. Sequence, frequency, and time words. Describing a room. Complaining. Talking about chores. Describing where you live. Describing spatial relationships. Welcoming a friend. Grammar: Reflexive verbs in the present tense. Reflexives in verb phrases and the present progressive. Direct objects (nouns and pronouns). Regular verbs in the preterite. The preterite of ir, ser, hacer, and tener. Uses of the preterite. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Guatemala, Honduras. Conectados con la arquitectura: La arquitectura colonial, neoclásica y modernista. Conectados con la arqueología: Descubren espectacular friso maya de 1400 años en Petén. Reportaje: Guatemala''s Mayan ruins. Perspectivas: Household chores. Exploración: Vacation home in Guatemala. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A message about your summer job. Pronunciación: The letter g. Estrategias: Reading Focusing on the time frame. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Listening for the main idea. Estrategias: Writing. Writing longer sentences.
6. La buena comida.
Comunicación. Order food at a restaurant. Talk about past events. Ask for and give advice. Make generalizations and state opinions. Learn about agricultural practices.
Share it! Your favorite restaurant; a traditional dish from the Spanish-speaking world or the history of a food. Vocabulary: Breakfast foods, meats, fruits, and vegetables.
Lunch, dinner, and other foods and drinks. Expressions at the table. Menu items. Expressions at a restaurant. Place settings. Food wheel. Healthy and unhealthy habits. Health and nutrition advice. Grammar: Indirect object pronouns. The preterite of irregular verbs. The preterite of stem-changing verbs. Summary of the preterite. Impersonal expressions. Adverbs. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo El Salvador, Nicaragua. Conectados con la agricultura: El arte del cultivo. Conectados con las artes culinarias: Breve historia del chocolate. Reportaje: Nicaragua''s history, nature, and architecture. Perspectivas: Typical dishes. Exploración: Restaurants in Nicaragua. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A blog entry about healthy dining advice. Pronunciación: The letters z and c. Estrategias: Reading Review of reading strategies.
Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Using background knowledge to anticipate content. Estrategias: Writing Review of writing strategies.
7. De compras.
Comunicación. Talk about clothes, colors, and styles. Practice making purchases in a clothing store. Express actions that have recently taken place. Identify souvenirs and describe what they''re made of. Practice bargaining in a market. Share it! Your favorite T-shirt; facts about the olinguito or a different animal from South America. Vocabulary: Clothes, colors, and designs. Clothing styles. Ordinal numbers. Talking about prices. Expressions at a store. Typical souvenirs. Jewelry and accessories. What something is made of. Bargaining. Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. Verbs like gustar. Por and para. Present prefect tense. Review of direct and indirect object pronouns. Double object pronouns. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Costa Rica, Panama. Conectados con la mercadotecnia: Tres marcas exitosas. Conectados con la zoología: Los científicos descubren un nuevo carnívoro en Sudamérica. Reportaje: Panama''s biological research station. Perspectivas: Typical souvenirs. Exploración: Shopping online. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A post about a shopping experience. Pronunciación: Vowel combinations. Estrategias: Reading Word families. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Making predictions. Estrategias: Writing Using a bilingual dictionary.
8. Nuestras tradiciones.
Comunicación. Talk about holiday customs. Describe past, present, and future celebrations. Talk about sporting, cultural, and artistic events. Extend, accept, and decline invitations. Explore legends and myths and tell stories. Share it! Memories of childhood and holidays; an important group or person in the history of the Americas. Vocabulary: Holidays. Holiday customs and greetings. Festivals. Invitations. Cultural and sporting events. Myths and legends. Storytelling. Grammar: Impersonal and passive se. Past, present, and future. The imperfect. Uses of the imperfect. Using the preterite and the imperfect. Cultura y Conexiones. Nuestro mundo Colombia, Venezuela. Conectados con la historia del arte: La pintura contemporánea de Hispanoamérica. Conectados con la historia: Los bucaneros. Reportaje: Venezuela''s ancient rock formations. Perspectivas: Favorite holidays. Exploración: Fairs. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A personal anecdote. Pronunciación: Linking.
Estrategias: Reading Guessing meaning from context. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing. Listening for time markers. Estrategias: Writing Creating a beginning, middle, and end.
9. La salud y el bienestar.
Comunicación.Talk about the human body. Describe symptoms of common illnesses. Say what hurts. Understand the doctor''s orders. Give advice and tell others what to do. Share it! A poem you wrote; human sacrifices or other rituals. Vocabulary: Parts of the body. Symptoms and illnesses. Talking about your health. Medical exam. Medical treatments. Medical advice. Diagnosis. Grammar: The verb doler. More reflexive verbs. Formal commands. Time expressions with hacer. Present subjunctive with expressions of influence. Stem-changing and irregular verbs in the present subjunctive. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia. Conectados con la medicina: La cirugía cerebral de los incas. Conectados con la antropología: El secreto de las momias de los niños incas. Reportaje: Ecuador''s Galápagos Islands. Perspectivas: Home remedies. Exploración: Spas. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: An article about healthy lifestyles. Pronunciación: Linking. Estrategias: Reading Understanding complex sentences. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Listening for specific information. Estrategias: Writing Developing cohesion.
10. El mundo laboral.
Comunicación. Talk about professors and jobs. Say what you have and had done. Discuss your plans and goals for the future. Practice interviewing for a job. Express emotion, doubt, denial, and certainty. Share it! Interesting jobs; a musical style or dance. Vocabulary: Strengths and abilities. Professions. Plans for the future. Short-term goals. Dreams and aspirations. Long-term goals. Applying for a job. Job interview. Grammar: Review of present perfect. Past perfect. Present subjunctive with expressions of emotion. Present subjunctive with expressions of doubt and denial. Present subjunctive with expressions of certainty and belief. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay. Conectados con el diseño de videojuegos: Diseñadores de videojuegos. Conectados con la música: Candombe, herencia africana en el Uruguay. Reportaje: Argentina''s gauchos. Perspectivas: Majors and career goals. Exploración: Job ads. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A job application letter. Pronunciación: The letters d and q. Estrategias: Reading Summarizing. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Listening to tone of voice. Estrategias: Writing Proofreading.
11. Hacer turismo.
Comunicación. Talk about tourist destinations and activities. Describe unknown people, places, and things. Handle airport and car rental transactions. Talk about future events. Ask for and give directions. Share it! A tourist attraction; a Spanish-speaking poet or an original poem. Vocabulary: Geography and climate. Cardinal points. Tourist activities. At the airport. Renting a car. Asking for and giving walking directions. Asking for and giving driving directions. Grammar: Adjective clauses.
Present subjunctive in adjective clauses. Future tense (regular verbs). Future tense (irregular verbs). Familiar commands. Let''s commands. Cultura y Conexiones: Nuestro mundo Chile. Conectados con la literatura: Oda a Valparaíso (poem). Conectados con la literatura: Como tú (poem). Reportaje: Chile''s pumas. Perspectivas: Hometowns. Exploración: Car rentals. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: A blog entry about the perfect spring break destination. Pronunciación: Syllable division. Estrategias: Reading Keys to understanding poetry. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Using questions to anticipate content. Estrategias: Writing Using a variety of sentence types.
12. ¡Adelante!
Comunicación. Discuss study abroad and volunteer work. Talk about the news. Describe possible outcomes. Express emotion, doubt, and uncertainty. Discuss hypothetical and contrary-to-fact situations. Share it! past volunteer experiences; cultural differences. Vocabulary: Study abroad programs. Advice about studying abroad. Common feelings. Volunteering. Places to volunteer. The news. Natural disasters. Politics. Grammar. The subjunctive in adverbial clauses. Review of uses of the present subjunctive. The past subjunctive. Uses of the past subjunctive. The conditional. If clauses. Cultura y Conexiones. Nuestro mundo United States. Conectados con la literatura: Cajas de cartón (short story). Conectados con la literatura: Cuando tía Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse (short story). Reportaje: Miami''s genographic project. Perspectivas: Studying abroad. Exploración: Current events. Estrategias y Destrezas. Composición: An article for your school newspaper. Pronunciación: Review. Estrategias: Reading Keys to understanding short stories and novels. Estrategias: Listening/Viewing Paying attention to modal verbs. Estrategias: Writing Review of key writing strategies.
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Testing Audio CD

ISBN: 9781305268814
The Testing Audio CD contains the audio tracks to accompany the testing program's listening comprehension portion of the chapter tests, midterms, and finals. These brand-new recordings feature the voice talent of native Spanish speakers and are found on one convenient CD.

Instructor's Resource DVD

ISBN: 9781305502857
The DVD to accompany the Conectados program serves as an additional reference tool for instructors, and contains videos that are also featured in iLrn. A series called Perspectivas gets students familiar with native Spanish speakers from all over the world and they get an insight on the culture and daily lives of these young people. To provide even more information about culture, another series of Geo-Cultural videos gives students a deeper understanding of the countries in focus. These videos are referenced throughout the Communication Manual and can be used in traditional classroom settings.