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RELACIÓNATE is a new, innovative Spanish program ideal for advanced language students. Using a popular Spanish television series, La que se avecina, as the organizing force of the textbook, RELACIÓNATE teaches "real" language use, including informal / colloquial expressions, from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. This aural input is enhanced and complemented with vocabulary building carried out exclusively in Spanish, conversational strategies and pronunciation practice, communicative practice of advanced grammatical structures, authentic readings from various Spanish-speaking countries, video interviews with Latin American speakers on chapters’ cultural themes and process-writing assignments with real-world purposes and target audiences.

Stasie Harrington, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stasie Harrington (Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University) teaches undergraduate language and linguistics courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison along with coordinating Spanish 226, a multiple section, fifth semester intermediate grammar and composition course. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Madison, she worked for six years as a language director and English instructor in Madrid, Spain and was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the College at Brockport SUNY. Specializing in foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition (SLA), Dr. Harrington has published articles and presented papers and workshops in the areas of SLA (L2 Reading & L2 Phonology), teacher education (foreign methods students' beliefs & language portfolios) and instructional technologies in language education (videos & podcasting), and she is actively involved in pedagogical materials development. She created video activities for Tú dirás (3rd and 4th Editions), Temas: Spanish for the Global Community (2nd Edition), ¡Dímelo tú! (5th Edition) and online web exploration activities and autopruebas for De paseo: Curso intermedio de español (3rd Edition). In addition, she was a contributing author to the fourth edition of the Spanish textbook ¡Tú dirás! and co-author of the Activities Manual.

Tammy Jandrey Hertel, Lynchburg College

Tammy Jandrey Hertel received her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from The Pennsylvania State University. Her area of expertise is Spanish second language acquisition and foreign language teaching methodology. Dr. Hertel has been an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Lynchburg College since 2006. Prior to that she worked as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Virginia and as an Assistant Professor at Juniata College. She has traveled to numerous Spanish-speaking countries and has taught in study abroad programs in Mexico and Ecuador. In addition to publishing scholarly articles in the areas of second language acquisition and pedagogy, she co-authored the Spanish for Life Worktext.
  • RELACIÓNATE focuses on real, contextualized language, including slang and culturally rich interactions, rather than the scripted language that is typical of many textbooks.
  • The authentic Spanish television series TV series La que se avecina is incorporated to provide the basis for subsequent conversation, reading and writing practice.
  • The vocabulary and grammar coverage are at the advanced level; the pronunciation tools and attention to pragmatics help to further develop advanced-level speakers.
  • Instructors have access to a website that contains annotated video scripts, rubrics for evaluating written assignments, and supplemental materials that support students' learning.
  • The Premium Website provides students with access to streaming video of the TV series and of the interviews with Latin American speakers, as well as additional grammar instruction (review of language structures and self-graded practice exercises) and expansion materials, including guided Internet research activities and audio files from the TV series to be used for pronunciation practice.
  • The content and format of the student text facilitates dynamic conversations, so instructors can spend less time and effort writing or finding their own supplemental materials.
Vocabulario confuso. To bring/take/ get along: traer, llevar, llevarse bien/mal.
Competencia gramatical Los pronombres de complemento directo e indirecto / el leísmo.
Pronunciación La pronunciación de las vocales átonas: evitar el uso de [Ə] y [I].
Estrategias conversacionales Disculparse. Lectura cultural El rechazo a magrebíes y gitanos en las aulas supera a las otras culturas. Voces de Latinoamérica La xenofobia.
2. ¿CONVIVIR O NO CONVIVIR? Vocabulario confuso To leave : dejar, salir (con), irse.
Competencia gramatical Los mandatos formales e informales. Pronunciación Las vocales: la pronunciación de las vocales monoptongales. Estrategias conversacionales Pedir un favor.
Lectura cultural Los hispanos, ¿somos buenos vecinos? Un tema para discutir.
Voces de Latinoamérica La convivencia. Escritura como proceso Describir La que se avecina para Univisión.
Vocabulario confuso To take: sacar, quitar, retirar, coger, tomar. Competencia gramatical El presente del subjuntivo. Pronunciación Las vocales: la pronunciación de los diptongos.
Estrategias conversacionales Expresar acuerdo/ desacuerdo. Lectura cultural Casas y negocios ubican rejas para tener mayor seguridad. Voces de Latinoamérica La seguridad y la delincuencia.
Vocabulario confuso To ask/question: pedir, preguntar (por), hacer una pregunta, pregunta, cuestión. Competencia gramatical El imperfecto / el pretérito.
Pronunciación /ptk/: la falta de aspiración y la pronunciación dental (y no alveolar) de la /t/
Estrategias conversacionales Presentaciones. Lectura cultural Relaciones por Internet.
Voces de Latinoamérica La tecnología y las relaciones personales. Escritura como proceso Expresar y defender una opinión.
Vocabulario confuso To care/take care of/be careful: importar, (me/le/etc.) es igual / da igual, cuidar, (tener) cuidado, encargarse/ ocuparse (de). Competencia gramatical Los tiempos del perfecto (indicativo y subjuntivo). Pronunciación "r" y "rr" la pronunciación de las vibrantes. Estrategias conversacionales Usar muletillas / ganar tiempo y empezar una excusa / explicación. Lectura cultural Soltería, un estado que se elige y se disfruta.
Voces de Latinoamérica El amor, la amistad y la soltería.
Vocabulario confuso To save and to spend: salvar, guardar, ahorrar, gastar, pasar(se). Competencia gramatical El imperfecto del subjuntivo. Pronunciación "v" y "z": la falta de los fonemas /v/ y /z/. Estrategias conversacionales Llamar la atención / interrumpir.
Lectura cultural CERAI, Centro de Estudios Rurales y de Agricultura Internacional: Visión, Misión y Valores. Voces de Latinoamérica La agricultura sostenible y el medio ambiente.
Escritura como proceso Exponer un producto nuevo y ecológico.
Vocabulario confuso. Since/because: desde (que), desde hace, puesto que/ya que/como, porque.
Competencia gramatical El condicional y las cláusulas con "si". Pronunciación La acentuación. Estrategias conversacionales Tranquilizar. Lectura cultural El riesgo de jugar a médicos. Voces de Latinoamérica Los fármacos y la medicina natural.
Vocabulario confuso To become: ponerse + adjective, convertirse / transformarse en + noun, volverse + adjective, hacerse + adjective or noun, llegar a ser, verbs of emotion and change of state (alegrarse, asustarse, enfermarse, etc.). Competencia gramatical El "se" impersonal/ pasivo y la voz pasiva con "ser". Pronunciación El enlace y la diptongación entre palabras.
Estrategias conversacionales Invitar y aceptar/rechazar una invitación (o hacer planes).
Lectura cultural 10 formas distintas de manipulación mediática. Voces de Latinoamérica Los medios de comunicación. Escritura como proceso Argumentar el rigor e imparcialidad periodística.

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Premium Web Site, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781285053875
Includes La que se avecina video and Voces de Latinoamerica mp4s, and much more.


Premium Web Site, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781285053875
Includes La que se avecina video and Voces de Latinoamerica mp4s, and much more.