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EN CONTACTO: GRAMÁTICA EN ACCIÓN is an intermediate grammar review program that stresses communication and, when used with the LECTURAS INTERMEDIAS volume, emphasizes the acquisition of reading skills and text comprehension.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The program is flexible and adaptable to a variety of teaching styles."

"The grammar text is the best one I have seen. Very good grammar explanations, examples, and exercises."

"The three main strengths of the En Contacto program are: complete grammar package; reading strategies instruction; good variety of readings and activities."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780030345265
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/2/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (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. DIVERSIONES Y FIESTAS. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Las fiestas. Para escuchar: En la fiesta. Gramática y vocabulario. Subject Pronouns; The Present Indicative Tense (1). Vocabulario util: Algunas actividades del fin de semana. The Present Indicative Tense (2). Vocabulario util: Los deportes y otras diversions. The Personal a. Nouns and Articles. Definite and Indefinite Articles. The Reflexive (1). 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 famila; Expresiones de cortesia; Despedidas. En contacto. Videocultura: La charreada. 3. LA 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: Adjectivos descriptivos. Demonstratives. Possessives. En otras palabras: Para expresar admiracion, desaprobracion sorpresa. En contacto. Videocultura: San Antonio y la «Nueva frontera». 4. HOMBRES Y MUJERES. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Hombres y mujeres. Para escuchar: Dos invitaciones. Gramática y vocabulario. The Future Tense. The Conditional. Vocabulario util: Comparaciones. Comparisons of Equality. Comparisons of Inequality. Irregular Compartive Forms; the Superlative. En otras palabras: Invitaciones. En contacto. Videocultura: Nina Picari, defendora de mujeres e indigenas. 5. VIVIR Y APRENDER. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: Escuela, colegio (liceo) y universidad. Para escuchar: Un contestador telefonico automático. 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 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. Commands with Object Pronouns. Vocabulario util: Algunas actividades turisticas. 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. Gustar, Faltar, and Similar Verbs. Vocabulario util: De comidas y bebidas. Affirmatives and Negatives. Vocabulario util: La ropa. The Subjunctive in Descriptions of the Unknown or Indefinite. 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 (2). The Reflexive with Commands. Vocabulario util: La rutina diaria. The Reciprocal Reflexive. Vocabulario util: Saludos y despedidas. The Impersonal Se; The Se for Passive. En otras palabras: La falta de compression. 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 solidaridad o falta de compasion o solidaridad o falta de compasion o solidaridad. En contacto. Videocultura: Las mariposas. 10. LA IMAGEN Y LOS NEGOCIOS. Presentacion del tema. Vocabulario util: La imagen y los negocios. Para escuchar: Compra y venta. 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 hacer un pedido: Para hacer una compra; 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 (2). Conjunctions. Por versus Para. Vocabulario util: Expressions con por y para. En otras palabras: Para expresar alivio, gratitud y compresion; Para expresar incredulidad y enojo. En contacto. Videocultura: Los cibercafes. 12. LA IMAGINACIÓN CREADORA. 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. Vocabulario util: El mundo literaro. The Neuter Lo, Lo Que (Lo Cual). Diminutives. En otras palabras: Para disculparse; Para expresar vacilacion; Para resumir una idea; Para cambiar de tema. En contacto. Videocultura: Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Appendix A: Capitalization, Punctuation, Syllabication. 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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