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Overview

Metas is an exciting new version of the best-selling intermediate Spanish textbook Punto y aparte, created in response to requests from reviewers for a version of Punto y aparte with enough material to be used over the entire second year. Metas achieves this goal by essentially doubling the amount of material in each of the six main chapters of Punto y aparte (originally designed as a fourth-semester book), and then by dividing each of these expanded chapters (now called Unidades in Metas) into two self-contained sections (Capítulo A and Capítulo B) to make the amount of material more manageable. Thus, Metas offers the same 12-unit structure found in most intermediate Spanish textbooks (6 units x 2 chapters each = 12 manageable chapters).

In terms of grammar, Metas focuses on key grammatical structures (los puntos clave) critical to the seven communicative functions or goals (las siete metas comunicativas) that are central to intermediate-level study. The seven communicative functions are:

  1. Description (Descripción)
  2. Comparison (Comparación)
  3. Reactions and recommendations (Reacciones y recomendaciones)
  4. Narrating in the past (Narración en el pasado)
  5. Talking about preferences (Hablar de los gustos)
  6. Hypothesizing (Hacer hipótesis)
  7. Talking about the future (Hablar del futuro)

By organizing the text around key grammatical structures, Metas retains the framework of Punto y aparte, resulting in a logical and manageable progression. Additionally, the continual reinforcement and recycling of all seven communicative functions offer students many opportunities to communicate, produce, and create with the language, rather than to simply review the scope and sequence of Spanish grammar of their first-year course.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073513201
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Wilson Foerster retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, where she had been the Coordinator of Lower-Division Courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, directing the first- and second-year Spanish language program and training graduate assistant instructors. She continues to teach in the Spanish Summer Language School at Middlebury College in Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communications from the University of Texas in 1981. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas, she was Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain, for four years. She continues her involvement in study abroad through her work as Director of the Spanish Teaching Institute and as Academic Advisor for Academic Programs International. She is the co-author of the following McGraw-Hill titles: Pasaporte: Spanish for High Beginners (2009); Supplementary Materials to accompany Puntos de partida, Eighth Edition (2009); Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008); Punto y aparte: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency, Third Edition (2007); Lecturas literarias: Moving Toward Linguistic and Cultural Fluency Through Literature (2007); Metas comunicativas para maestros (1999); and Metas comunicativas para negocios (1998).

Anne Lambright is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature in the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus is on contemporary Latin American Literature, Andean literature, indigenismo, and Latin American women’s writing, topics on which she has published several articles and books. She is the author of Creating the Hybrid Intellectual: Subject, Space, and the Feminine in the Narrative of José María Arguedas and co-author of Unfolding the City: Women Write the City in Latin America (2007), with Elisabeth Guerrero. In addition, she is the co-author of Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008).

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Table of Contents

Para empezar: Los cinco amigosCara a caraPuntos clave: Introducción

UNIDAD 1: PERSPECTIVAS: ESPAÑA

Capítulo 1A: Percepciones e impresionesLa historia: Las primeras impresionesVocabulario del tema

  • Nota cultural: ¿Somos tan sensibles?
  • Puntos clave: Descripción y comparaciónRincón cultural
  • Lugares fascinantes: España
  • Lo hispano en los Estados Unidos: La influencia española en la historia estadounidense
  • Lectura: «Los siete pecados capitales en USA», por Fernando Díaz-Plaja¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Capítulo 1B: La relación entre la historia y el arteLa entrevista: Un curso en el extranjeroVocabulario del temaPuntos claveRincón cultural

  • Un momento histórico: La Guerra Civil Española
  • Un artista hispano: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • La música española
  • Lectura: «Salvador Dalí: La novela de su vida», por Eunice CastroYo experto/a

UNIDAD 2: CONEXIONES: EL CARIBE

Capítulo 2A: ¿Qué importancia tienen nuestras raíces? La historia: Mami viene a visitarme. ¡Válgame Dios! Vocabulario del tema

  • Nota cultural: Los apodos
  • Puntos clave: Reacciones y recomendacionesRincón cultural
  • Lugares fascinantes: El Caribe
  • Lo hispano en los Estados Unidos: Los «nuyoricans»
  • Lectura: «M-111», por Jacobo Morales¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Capítulo 2B: La inmigraciónLa entrevista: La situación de los inmigrantes en un nuevo paísVocabulario del temaPuntos claveRincón cultural

  • Un momento histórico: La Revolución Cubana
  • Un artista hispano: Nick Quijano
  • La música caribeña
  • Lectura: Soñar en cubano (fragmentos), por Cristina GarcíaYo experto/a

UNIDAD 3: PASIONES Y SENTIMIENTOS: MÉXICO

Capítulo 3A: ¿Está equilibrada su vida? La historia: Buscando el equilibrioVocabulario del tema

  • Nota cultural: Los piropos
  • Puntos clave: Narración en el pasadoRincón cultural
  • Lugares fascinantes: México
  • Lo hispano en los Estados Unidos: «Un día sin mexicanos»
  • Lectura: «La tía Valeria» (fragmento de Mujeres de ojos grandes), por Ángeles Mastretta¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Capítulo 3B: La pasión en la historia y arte de MéxicoLa entrevista: Diego: Su tienda, TesorosVocabulario del temaPuntos claveRincón cultural

  • Un momento histórico: La Revolución Mexicana
  • Un artista hispano: José Guadalupe Posada
  • La música mexicana
  • Lectura: La Adelita (corrido mexicano) Yo experto/a

Para repasar: Los cinco amigosPuntos clave

UNIDAD 4: NUESTRO ALREDEDOR Y CÓMO NOS AFECTA: EL CONO SUR

Capítulo 4A: Las obligaciones y el tiempo libreLa historia: Hay que ser más fiesterosVocabulario del tema

  • Nota cultural: ¿Quiénes son los más fiesteros?
  • Puntos clave: Hablar de los gustosRincón cultural
  • Lugares fascinantes: El Cono Sur
  • Lo hispano en los Estados Unidos: La música latina
  • Lectura: «Yo en el fondo del mar», por Alfonsina Storni¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Capítulo 4B: La contribución cultural de los inmigrantesLa entrevista: Imágenes del Cono SurVocabulario del temaPuntos claveRincón cultural

  • Un momento histórico: Las «guerras sucias» y el terrorismo estatal en el Cono Sur
  • Un artista hispano: Florencio Molina Campos
  • La música uruguaya
  • Lectura: Entrevista con Roberto AmpueroYo experto/a

UNIDAD 5: EL MUNDO ACTUAL: LA REGIÓN ANDINA

Capítulo 5A: ¿Cómo influyen en nosotros los problemas del mundo? La historia: Este mundo nuestroVocabulario del tema

  • Nota cultural: La vida política de los jóvenes hispanos
  • Puntos clave: Hacer hipótesisRincón cultural
  • Lugares fascinantes: La región andina
  • Lo hispano en los Estados Unidos: El poder político de los hispanos
  • Lectura: «El candidato», por José Cardona-López¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Capítulo 5B: El poder de la cultura indígenaLa entrevista: Los Andes en el siglo XXIVocabulario del temaPuntos claveRincón cultural

  • Un momento histórico: Sendero Luminoso
  • Un artista hispano: Gonzalo Endara Crow
  • La música andina
  • Lectura: Nota historica: Maria Elena Moyano Ángel del desierto, por Carmen Ollé Yo experto/a

UNIDAD 6: EL PORVENIR: CENTROAMÉRICA

Capítulo 6A: ¿Qué nos espera en el futuro? La historia: PreparativosVocabulario del tema

  • Nota cultural: El Internet en el mundo hispano
  • Puntos clave: Hablar del futuroRincón cultural
  • Lugares fascinantes: Centroamérica
  • Lo hispano en los Estados Unidos: «Las Ciudades Hermanas»
  • Lectura: «Primer encuentro», por Álvaro Menéndez Leal¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Capítulo 6B: La globalizaciónLa entrevista: La globalización y las culturas indígenasVocabulario del temaPuntos claveRincón cultural

  • Un momento histórico: La revolución sandinista
  • Un artista hispano: Las indias kunas de Panamá y sus molas
  • La música guatemalteca
  • Lectura: «Uno no escoge», por Gioconda BelliYo experto/a

Explicación gramatical: Los puntos claveDescripción
A. Agreement B. Ser and estar
C. Past participles used as adjectives D. Uses and omission of articlesComparación
A. Comparisons of equality B. Comparisons of inequality C. Irregular comparative forms D. SuperlativesReacciones y recomendaciones
A. Formation of the present subjunctive B. Formation of the past subjunctive C. Using the subjunctive in noun clauses D. CommandsNarración en el pasado
A. Formation of the preterite and imperfect B. Using the preterite and imperfect C. Verbs with different meanings in the preterite and imperfect D. The present perfect and pluperfect E. Hace... queHablar de los gustos
A. Direct object pronouns B. The personal a
C. Indirect object pronouns D. Double object pronouns E. Gustar and similar verbsHacer hipótesis
A. Past subjunctive and sequence of tenses B. The conditional C. HypothesizingHablar del futuro
A. The future tense B. The future of probability C. Using the subjunctive in adverbial clauses D. The future perfect

Referencia de gramática: Los otros puntos gramaticales
A. Reflexive and reciprocal pronouns
B. Prepositions and verbs that take prepositions
C. Saber and conocer
D. Relative pronouns
E. Por and para
F. Using the subjunctive in adjective clauses

Apéndice 1: Hablando del tema, las fichas

Apéndice 2: Yo experto/a

Apéndice 3: ¡A practicar! Answer Key

Apéndice 4: Verb Charts

Vocabulario español-inglés

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