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Palabra abierta 2nd Edition

María Cecilia Colombi, Jill Pellettieri, María Isabel Rodríguez

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2001
  • 368 Pages


Palabra abierta, 2/e, is a theme-driven and process-based Spanish composition text designed to develop advanced students' critical-thinking skills and academic writing proficiency. Through a functional grammar approach students learn about a variety of genres, with a particular focus on the academic essay. Each chapter explores multiple aspects of a common theme through various written genres and teaches students about functional components that constitute each of the genres presented. Each chapter also includes one model essay that demonstrates the genre in which students will be asked to compose. Readings and activities provide students with the appropriate vocabulary, linguistic structures, and writing strategies to allow them to meaningfully engage in chapter topics as well as diversify and expand their writing skills.

María Cecilia Colombi, University of California at Davis

M. C. Colombi holds a Ph. D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Language Program Associate Director at UC, Davis. Her research interests include educational linguistics and sociolinguistics with emphasis on Spanish in the United States. Recent publications include Mi lengua: Spanish as a Heritage Language in the U.S., coedited with Ana Roca (GUP: 2003), Developing Advanced Literacy in First and Second Language, coedited with Mary Schleppegrell (LEA, 2002); Palabra abierta, coauthored with Jill Pellettieri and Mabel Rodríguez (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), La enseñanza del español a hispanohablantes: Praxis y teoría, coedited with Francisco X. Alarcón (Houghton Mifflin, 1997).

Jill Pellettieri, Santa Clara University

Jill Pellettieri is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Santa Clara University. Her areas of expertise include second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and second language writing. In addition to RUMBOS and other Spanish instructional texts and materials, she also authors the best-selling PLAZAS Workbook.

María Isabel Rodríguez, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

  • Streamlined grammar sections make the material more accessible to students.
  • Coverage of Spanish influences in the U.S. focuses on the needs of heritage speakers, presenting characteristics of the language as used in bilingual situations.
  • Variety of authentic texts introduces students to a wide range of genres, including poems, short stories, legends, newspaper and magazine articles, and essays, enabling them to address the same theme from differing points of view.
  • Functional approach to grammar presents text-based grammar descriptions that enable students to see how the language is used in different contexts. For example, conjunctions are presented in the context of a short story that shows how they add to or change the meaning of the text.
  • Streamlined coverage of the writing process begins with a functional analysis of the genre students are asked to compose, provides exercises to help students hone their skills, and then asks them to engage in the writing task.
  • Process-writing approach focuses on high-interest themes presented through authentic reading selections and critical-thinking activities that students use in peer-editing tasks, group writing, and analysis of student samples.
  • Critical-thinking support for each reading selection includes guided pre-reading activities in Acercándonos al texto, post-reading analysis in Interactuando con el texto, and post-reading/writing activities in Creando textos.
  • Presentation of dialectal varieties exposes students to the diversity of the Spanish language.
Capítulo preliminar. Abriendo la palabra
Capítulo 1. Las relaciones: Descubriendo los lazos humanos
Primera lectura: Cuentos de Tony Mendoza
Segunda lectura: La naturaleza del amor de Cristina Peri Rossi
Tercera lectura: Enamorándose. de David Wroclavsy, Silvina Lamazares y Patricia Rojas El arte de amar
Escritura: Comunicación periodística;
El reportaje y la objetividad
Tipos de reportaje
Estructura del reportaje
Creando nuevos textos
Primera, segunda y tercera versión del reportaje
Palabra abierta
Capítulo 2. Globalización: Entrando al Nuevo milenio
Primera lectura: La sociedad de consumo de Eduardo Galeano
Segunda lectura: Los cazadores invisibles, Una leyenda de los indios miskitos de Nicaragua
Tercera lectura: El libro en español en EE.UU de Julio Ortega
El ensayo
Creando nuevos textos
Primera, segunda y tercera versión del ensayo
La música como expresión cultural (modelo estudiantil)
Palabra abierta
Capítulo 3. La mujer y su social
Primera lectura: Hombre pequeñito de Alfonsina Storni
Segunda lectura: Madres porque sí de Inmaculada De La Fuente
Tercera lectura: Ser mamá por celular de Elizabeth Subercaseaux
Cuarta lectura: Escritura de mujer de Rosa Montero
El ensayo analítico;
Creando nuevos textos
Primera, segunda y tercera versión del ensayo
Palabra abierta
Capítulo 4. Fronteras: La experiencia latina en los - Estados Unidos
Primera lectura: La voz urgente de Manuel Martín-Rodríguez
Segunda lectura: Las repatriaciones de noviembre de Francisco X. Alarcón
Tercera lectura: El racista enmascarado de Carlos Fuentes
El ensayo argumentativo;
Componentes de la argumentación
El terma y la tesis
Los datos y las argumentación
Los contraargumentación
Primera, segunda y tercera versión del ensayo
Palabra abierta
Gramática funcional: Las metáforas gramaticales: Nominalización
Variedades del español: Chicana
Lenguas en contacto: El español en los Estados Unidos--Los calcos sintácticos
Actividades suplementarias
Capítulo 5. El realismo mágico: Una visión -latinoamericana del mundo
Primera lectura: La santa de Gabriel García Márquez
Segunda lectura: Dos palabras de Isabel Allende
Tercera lectura: El Realismo Mágico: Indeleble impronta de la narrativa hispanoamericana de Silvia Rolle Rissetto
La conclusión
Creando nuevos textos
Primera, segunda y tercera versión del ensayo
La fuerza y autoridad (modelo estudiantil)
Palabra abierta
Capítulo 6. La identidad de los latinos: « Dos culturas, dos lenguas y dos visiones del mundo
Primera lectura: Introducción y Prólogo de Cuando era puertorriqueña de Esmerelda Santiago
Segunda lectura: Coser y cantar de Dolores Prida
Tercera lectura: Coser y cantar de Dolores Prida de Alberto Sandoval Sánchez
La monografía;
Creando nuevos textos
Primera, segunda y tercera versión de la monografia
Palabra abierta