Al corriente: Curso intermedio de espanol (Student Edition) / Edition 4

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A single-volume intermediate Spanish program, Al corriente places readings at the core of each chapter. Recent research has shown that reading is particularly effective for building language skills. The readings-both literary and contemporary authentic-serve as the basis for each of the chapter’s vocabulary development, grammar, and many of the communicative activities. The real-life materials are interesting and motivating to students. Reading strategies help students understand the most important aspects of the readings. A special internet-integrated section of each chapter helps students develop their web research skills and connect with the Spanish-speaking world. Pair and group activities, integrated with the grammar sections, encourage meaningful communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072496406
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/24/2002
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Blake is Chair of the Spanish and Classics Department at the University of California, Davis. He has published widely in the field of Hispanic linguistics and is a nationally recognized developer of computer-assisted language-learning software. Currently, he sits on MLA’s Advisory Council and is an MLA delegate in pedagogy.

María Victoria González-Pagani is currently Chair of the Foreign Language Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Previously, she was Spanish Language Coordinator at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her special interests include language teaching methodology, Spanish syntax, computer-assisted foreign language instruction, and Latin American cultural studies, especially women's issues. Miss González-

Pagani attended the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, and received her M.A. in Applied and Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alicia Ramos is Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of the basic language program in French, Italian, and Spanish at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, has served on the faculties of Barnard College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and as Assistant Director of the Spanish School at Middlebury College. Dr. Ramos’ interests include methodology and materials development for courses from the elementary through advanced levels, including courses for Spanish speakers. Dr. Ramos has published in the field of Hispanic literature and has co-authored intermediate and advanced level textbooks including Cofre literario (2003, McGraw-Hill), a literary reader for the intermediate and advanced levels.

Martha Alford Marks received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Co-author of ¿Qué tal? and Destinos, a Spanish video course, she also served on the Advisory Board to Boston PBS station WGBH during the development of the Destinos program, which was funded by the Annenberg Foundation. She is widely known as an ACTFL-certified oral proficiency tester and trainer in Spanish and ESL.

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Table of Contents


Capítulo preliminar

Gramática en contexto

Subject pronouns

Present Indicative Tense

Articles and Gender

Plurals of Nouns

Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns

Expressing ownership

Personal a


Idioms with tener

Saber versus conocer; pedir versus preguntar

Time expressions with hacer

Additional Idioms
Unidad I La familia y las tradiciones

Capítulo 1

Gramática en contexto

Defining, describing, and locating: Ser Versus estar

Asking questions: Interrogative Forms

More about description: Adjective agreement

Capítulo 2

Gramática en contexto

Talking about what you have done: The Present Perfect

Expressing -self (-selves) and each other: Reflexive


Indicating Change: More Reflexive Verb Forms

Capítulo 3

Gramática en contexto

Expressing Resulting Conditions: Adjectives Related to

Reflexive Verb Forms

Reflexive Verb Forms with Adjectives

Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns

Talking About Needs, Likes, and Dislikes: Verbs like gustar
Unidad II Ante el público

Capítulo 4

Gramática en contexto

Talking About the Indefinite Past: The Imperfect

Talking about the Definite Past: The Preterite

Capítulo 5

Gramática en contexto

Irregular Preterite Verb Forms

Describing the Past: Preterite Versus Imperfect

The Present Participle

Capítulo 6

Gramática en contexto

Talking About What You Had Done: The Past Perfect Tense

Telling Who Did What to Whom: Double Object Pronouns

Pronouns That Follow Prepositions
Unidad III Los hispanos que viven en los Estados Unidos

Capítulo 7

Gramática en contexto

Making Requests: Formal (Ud., Uds.) Commands

Talking About the Future

Capítulo 8

Gramática en contexto

The Subjunctive

Subjunctive with Expression of Will and Influence

Making Requests of Friends: Informal (tú) Commands

Capítulo 9

Gramática en contexto

Indicative Versus Subjunctive in Adverbial Clauses

Subjunctive with Expressions of Emotion, Doubt, and Denial

Capítulo 10

Gramática en contexto

Se constructions

Expressing Goals and Means: por and para

Capítulo 11

Gramática en contexto

Adjective Clauses and Relative Pronouns

The Subjunctive with Adjective Clauses

More on the Subjunctive Versus the Indicative

Capítulo 12

Gramática en contexto

The Present Perfect Subjunctive

The Imperfect Subjunctive

Sequence of Subjunctive and Indicative Tenses
Unidad V América Latina

Capítulo 13

Gramática en contexto

The Passive Voice

Past Participles as Adjectives

Comparatives and Superlatives

Capítulo 14

Gramática en contexto

The Conditional

Expressing “Let’s …”: Nosotros Commands

Emphasizing to Whom Something Belongs

A Review of the Indicative Past Tenses

Capítulo 15

Gramática en contexto

Si Clauses

Infinitives Used as Nouns

More About Talking About Events in Progress
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