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EN CONTACTO: GRAMÁTICA EN ACCIÓN is a best-selling intermediate Spanish program designed to put the English-speaking learner 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.

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"The exercises and activities are varied enough in both texts to appeal to a wide range of interests and to satisfy all pedagogical needs. Some are personalized. Many are creative. Some are thought provoking. Each teacher can select activities according to his/her own teaching philosophy. The inclusion of both pre and post reading activities in L is excellent."

"I think that the balance between the different skills is excellent and quantitatively and qualitatively very good. I like the "temas para la discusion" section and the composition activities and suggestions."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413013771
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/17/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

: 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 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 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 Hispanoamerica (2002), and is co-author of four Spanish textbooks. Teresa Mendez-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".

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Table of Contents

1. EN BUSCA DE LA FELICIDAD. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Las fiestas. Para escuchar: En la fiesta. Gramática y vocabulario. Usted lo ha visto: Gustar. Subject Pronouns; The Present Indicative Tense. Vocabulario util: Algunas actividades del fin de semana. The Present Indicative Tense. Vocabulario util: Los deportes y otras diversiones. The Personal. Nouns and Articles. Definite and Indefinite Articles. The Reflexive. En otras palabras: Saludos y presentaciones; Para iniciar una conversacion. En contacto. Videocultura: Madrid, ciudad que nunca duerme. 2. VEJEZ Y JUVENTUD. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: La familia. Para escuchar: En el autobus. Gramática y vocabulario. The Preterit Tense: Regular Verbs; Use of the Preterit. The Preterit Tense: Irregular Verbs. Vocabulario util: La vida y la muerte. The Imperfect Tense. The Preterit versus the Imperfect. Hacer + Time Expressions. En otras palabras: Para hablar de la familia; Expresiones de cortesia; Despedidas. En contacto. Videocultura: La charreada. 3. PRESENCIA LATINA. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Inmigrantes y viajeros. Para escuchar: Conversaciones con inmigrantes. Gramática y vocabulario. Agreement of Adjectives; Adjectives Used as Nouns. Position of Adjectives. Ser versus Estar; Ser and Estar with Adjectives. Vocabulario util: Adjetivos descriptivos. Demonstratives. Possessives. En otras palabras: Para expresar admiracion, desaprobracion, sorpresa. En contacto. Videocultura: San Antonio y la «Nueva frontera». 4. AMOR Y AMISTAD. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Amor y amistad. Para escuchar: Dos invitaciones. Gramática y vocabulario. The Future Tense. Usted lo ha visto: Gustar. The Conditional. Vocabulario util: Comparaciones. Comparisons of Equality. Comparisons of Inequality. Irregular Comparative Forms; the Superlative. En otras palabras: Invitaciones. En contacto. Videocultura: Nina Pacari y los ayllus de Ecuador. 5. VIVIR Y APRENDER. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Escuela, colegio (liceo) y universidad. Para escuchar: Mensajes telefonicos. Gramática y vocabulario. The Present Subjunctive Mood: Introduction and Formation; the Subjunctive with Impersonal Expressions. Vocabulario util: La vida universitaria. The Subjunctive with Verbs Indicating Doubt; Emotion; Will, Preference, or Necessity; Approval, Disapproval, or Advice. The Subjunctive versus the Indicative. En otras palabras: Para saludar y despedirse por telefono; Para pedir y dar permiso y para expresar prohibicion. En contacto. Videocultura: El sistema educativo espanol. 6. DE VIAJE. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Las vacaciones. Para escuchar: En Cartagena. Gramática y vocabulario. Direct Object Pronouns. Indirect Object Pronouns. Vocabulario util: En el banco. Prepositional Object Pronouns. Two Object Pronouns; Position of Object Pronouns. Commands. Vocabulario util: Algunas actividades turisticas. Commands with Object Pronouns. En otras palabras: Direcciones y sentidos. En contacto. Videocultura: En la Hosteria San Jorge. 7. GUSTOS Y PREFERENCIAS. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: La musica. Para escuchar: En Bogotá. Gramática y vocabulario. Affirmatives and Negatives. Gustar, Faltar, and Similar Verbs. Vocabulario util: De comidas y bebidas. The Subjunctive in Descriptions of the Unknown or Indefinite. Vocabulario util: La ropa. The Subjunctive with Certain Adverbial Conjunctions. En otras palabras: Para expresar acuerdo y desacuerdo. En contacto. Videocultura: El baile flamenco. 8. DIMENSIONES CULTURALES. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Aspectos culturales. Para escuchar: Un panorama cultural. Gramática y vocabulario. The Reflexive. Vocabulario util: La rutina diaria. The Reflexive with Commands. The Reciprocal Reflexive. Vocabulario util: Saludos y despedidas. The Impersonal Se; The Se for Passive. En otras palabras: La falta de comprension. En contacto. Videocultura: El chocolate en la cocina mexicana. 9. UN PLANETA PARA TODOS. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: El medio ambiente. Para escuchar: El ecoturismo y la ecologia. Gramática y vocabulario. The Imperfect Subjunctive. If Clauses. Vocabulario util: Problemas ambientales. Adverbs. The Infinitive. The Verb Acabar. En otras palabras: Para dar consejos; Para expresar compasion o falta de compasion. En contacto. Videocultura: Las mariposas en Ecuador. 10. IMÁGENES Y NEGOCIOS. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Imágenes y negocios. Para escuchar: Anuncios comerciales. Gramática y vocabulario. Past Participles as Adjectives. The Perfect Indicative Tenses. Vocabulario util: Compra y venta. The Present Perfect and Past Perfect Subjunctive. The Verb Haber; Expressing Obligation. The Passive Voice. En otras palabras: Para solicitar algo; Para regatear y hacer una compra; Para comprender los numeros; Para ofrecer ayuda. En contacto. Videocultura: De compras en Madrid. 11. ADIÓS, DISTANCIAS!. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: La computadora y la comunicacion. Para escuchar: En Bucaramanga. Gramática y vocabulario. Sequence of Tenses with the Subjunctive: Summary. If clauses. Conjunctions. Por versus Para. Vocabulario util: Expresiones con por y para. En otras palabras: Para expresar alivio, gratitud y comprension; Para expresar incredulidad y enojo. En contacto. Videocultura: Los cibercafes. 12 VIVA LA IMAGINACIÓN!. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: La creacion humana. Para escuchar: El arte y la imaginacion. Gramática y vocabulario. The Present Participle and the Progressive Forms. Relative Pronouns; The Neuter Lo, Lo que. Vocabulario util: El mundo literario. Diminutives. En otras palabras: Para disculparse; Para expresar vacilacion; Para resumir una idea; Para cambiar de tema. En contacto. Videocultura: El Nuyorican Poets Cafe. 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.

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