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EN CONTACTO: LECTURAS INTERMEDIAS emphasizes the acquisition of reading skills and text comprehension by provoking intellectually challenging discussion on reading selections, both classic and contemporary. It is designed to be used in conjunction with EN CONTACTO: GRAMÁTICA EN ACCIÓN, an intermediate Spanish grammar review program.

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"The structure of the chapters is perfect. I would not add anything else. Every section provides an appropriate number of activities and these are very creative and varied giving students plenty of opportunities to work on their speaking, reading, writing, and listening (to others) skills. The progression of difficulty is very good because the activities lead the students through the chapter content in a very smooth way."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413013733
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (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. El arte, espejo de la vida: Baile a orillas del Manzanares de Francisco de Goya. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: Los tres (¿o más?) secretos de la felicidad. San Fermin y los toros, Carlos Carnicero. Entrevista con Antonio Banderas, Idoya Noain. 2. VEJEZ Y JUVENTUD. El arte, espejo de la vida: Limpiando nopalitos de Carmen Lomas Garza. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: La familia: Tradicion y cambios. Las vecinas, Ana Alomá Velilla. La ultima despedida, Ana Maria Salazar. 3. PRESENCIA LATINA. El arte, espejo de la vida: Ven, o luz espiritual de Manuel Martinez. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: Los hispanohablantes en America del Norte. La casa en Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros. Ay, papi, no seas cocacolero, Luis Fernández Caubi. 4. AMOR Y AMISTAD. El arte, espejo de la vida: Mi casamiento de Pilar Sala. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: Altibajos de las relaciones humanas. ¿Es más dificil amarse ahora?, Jose Antonio Marina. Primer e-mail, Lucia Scosceria. 5. VIVIR ES APRENDER. El arte, espejo de la vida: La gran Tenochtitlán de Diego Rivera. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: Dos estilos de vida estudiantil. Hablan los estudiantes (Encuesta). La academia, el reality show mexicano, Armando Sanchez Lona. 6. DE VIAJE. El arte, espejo de la vida: Paseo a orilla del mar, Joaquin Sorolla. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: Cuatro consejos para el viajero norteamericano. Destinos para todos los gustos, Ursula Garcia Scheible. Vuelva usted manana, Mariano Jose de Larra. 7. GUSTOS Y PREFERENCIAS. El arte, espejo de la vida: Personajes, perro, sol de Joan Miro. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: ¿Por que nos gusta lo que nos gusta? El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (Trozo), Miguel de Cervantes. Un gusto por lo insolito, Iván Jimenez Williams. 8. DIIMENSIONES CULTURALES. El arte, espejo de la vida: El trueque de Jose Garcia Chibbaro. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: La cultura latinoamericana. Adios: "Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye", Naldo Lombardi. Balada de los dos abuelos, Nicolás Guillen. Negrito, Tato Laviera. 9. UN PLANETA PARA TODOS. El arte, espejo de la vida: Ni arriba, ni abajo de Nicolás Uriburu. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: ¿Como podemos salvar la tierra? In memoriam, Federico Garcia Lorca. El pescador y el pez, Toásiye Alma Africana. Noble campana, Gregorio Lopez Fuentes. 10. IMÁGENES Y NEGOCIOS. El arte, espejo de la vida: La familia del presidente de Fernando Botero. Vocabulario preliminar. Enfoque del tema: Entre imagen y realidad. Lo que quieren las mujeres...en un coche!, Ana Perez. El delantal blanco, Sergio Vodanovic. 11. ADIÓS, DISTANCIAS. El arte, espejo de la vida: El enigma de Hitler de Salvador Dali. Enfoque del tema: ¿Hacia un planeta unido por la tecnologia? El telefono, Isabel Allende.Que fenomeno! Internet y como nos ha cambiado la vida. 12. VIVA LA CREATIVIDAD! El arte, espejo de la vida: Armonia de Remedios Varo. Enfoque del tema: La tradicion literaria en Espana y Latinoamerica. Coplas por la muerte de su padre (Selecciones), Jorge Manrique. Nada te turbe, Teresa de Avila. Cuadros y ángulos, Alfonsina Storni. Hombre, Alfonsina Storni. Defensa de la alegria, Mario Benedetti. Mujeres de ojos grandes, Angeles Mastretta. Cien anos de soledad (Trozo), Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Vocabulary. Credits.

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