PARA SIEMPRE is an easily accessible, streamlined introduction to Spanish Conversation program that focuses on oral production and conversation through modeled dialogs and oral activities. Students are introduced to high-frequency vocabulary and grammatical structures that are necessary for conversing about everyday topics and situations. Presenting grammar as a tool to communicate rather than a set of rules to memorize facilitates active participation in open-ended activities and in-class conversations. The flow of material in each unit is straightforward and easy to follow, and the reachable goals and guidance that students receive as they progress through each unit build a sense of achievement and enjoyment, fostering a continued interest in the study of Spanish at higher levels.
Marta Montemayor is ABD in Spanish Linguistics. She studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City and has 30 years of experience in teaching Spanish as a Second Language. At the UNAM, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (where she received her M.A.), and presently, at San Antonio College, she has taught basic through advanced language, semantics, syntax, teaching methodology, and has conducted teacher-in-service training courses, as well as created new courses. She is coauthor of Pido la palabra (level 5) (UNAM. 1991), Estoy listo (level 1) (UNAM. 1994), and Estoy listo (level 3) (UNAM. 2004). These basic instructional texts are widely used in Mexico, the United States, Canada, and other countries. More recently, she coauthored a custom published program, Cuentame: Spanish for Beginners, Conversational Approach that has been in use at San Antonio College for eight years.
Marino de Leon has taught Spanish in middle school, high school, and at the college level at San Antonio College for 40 years. Besides teaching the traditional grammar-based classes, he has experience teaching conversational Spanish in the classroom and via telecourses. Marino also served as a coordinator of the Foreign Languages Department for seven years. He co-authored the very successful custom published program Cuentame: Spanish for Beginners, Conversational Approach, which has been used at San Antonio College for eight years. Moreover, this proud ninth generation Texan was a recipient of a scholarship from the Spanish government that allowed him to study in Spain for two years.
CAPITULO PRELIMINAR UNIDAD EN LA DIVERSIDAD. Communication objectives:To recognize cognates and loan words, To recognize commands, To use expressions of courtesy. 1. CAPITULO 1 QUE BONITO NOMBRE! Communication objectives: To express informal and formal greetings, To use titles when addressing someone, To express informal and formal introductions, To learn how to ask one's name and how to answer, To express informal and formal farewells, Vocabulary, Greetings, Titles, Introductions, Farewells, Days of the week, Grammar, Forms of address tu/usted, Subject pronouns, The verb estar with greetings, The verb llamarse, Gender of nouns, Definite articles. 2. CAPITULO 2 QUE FIESTA! Communication objectives: To ask and give information about dates and holidays, To ask and answer questions about age, To ask and answer questions about marital status, To talk about religious and political affiliations, To ask and answer questions about professions, occupations and the workplace To ask and answer questions concerning addresses and telephone numbers. Vocabulary. Numbers 0—2015. Months. Holidays. Interrogative words, Marital status. Professions and occupations. Religious and political affiliation. Workplace. Telephone, address, and email Grammar: Indefinite articles, Number and gender of nouns, The verb tener to express age, The verb ser to indicate identification, occupation, marital status, profession, religious and political affiliation, Regular -ar verbs, Negative statements. 3. CAPITULO 3 TODO QUEDA ENTRE FAMILIA. Communication objectives:To ask and give information about the family, To talk about countries, nationalities, and languages, To talk about the house, To indicate where people and things are located, To talk about personal traits. Vocabulary: Family, Location phrases, Countries, nationalities, and languages, Cardinal points, House, Personality traits Grammar, The impersonal form hay, The verb tener to express relationship, The verb estar to express location, Pronouns after location phrases, Comparatives and superlatives with age, Adjectives of nationality, The preposition de for relationship, possession, and origin, Possessive adjectives, Regular -er and -ir verbs, Agreement of adjectives, The preposition en with location. 4. CAPITULO 4 EL ULTIMO GRITO DE LA MODA. Communication objectives: To describe clothing and accessories, To accept or decline an invitation, To make plans, To talk about what to wear to different events, To talk about the workplace and what to wear, To talk about activities related to occupations , To express likes, dislikes, and preferences. Vocabulary:Clothing, accessories, materials, sizes, and colors, Places, Temporary conditions, Numbers over 2015, Workplaces.Grammar: Agreement of adjectives with colors, The verb ser with material, color, and sizes, The verb ir and ir + a + infinitive to express future, The contraction al, The verbs estar with temporary conditions and tener que + infinitive, The verb gustar, The verb preferir The verb querer. 5. CAPITULO 5 ME DUELE MUCHO. Communication objectives: To talk about illnesses and health problems, To describe physical characteristics, To make comparisons, To talk about the seasons of the year, To talk about weather conditions and the forecast.Vocabulary: Parts of the body, Symptoms and illnesses, Physical characteristics, The seasons of the year, The weather. Grammar: The verb doler, The use of definite articles with parts of the body, The irregular verb poder, The verb parecerse Comparatives, irregular comparatives, and superlatives, Impersonal verbs related to the weather, The present progressive, tengo frio/calor vs. hace frio/calor vs. está frio/caliente. 6. CAPITULO 6 AQUI EMPIEZA TU FUTURE. Communication objectives: To talk about class schedules, To talk about the classroom To comment about classes and professors, To locate buildings, offices and departments on campus, To talk about careers and degree plans, To comment about campus life, To meet people, To compare different university degree plans. Vocabulary: Classes, Time expressions, Classroom, Campus, School supplies, University personnel. Grammar: Stem-changing verbs (e>ie and o>ue), The verbs querer, preferir, and desear + infinitive The verb poder + infinitive, The verbs deber, necesitar, tener que + infinitive, The verbs saber and conocer, Direct object pronouns, Ordinal numbers with nouns, Irregular yo verbs Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. 7. CAPITULO 7 LAS MARAVILLAS DEL MUNDO. Communication objectives: To make plans and reservations for a trip, To ask and give information about traveling, To make reservations, To talk about a trip, To ask and give information about lodging, To describe hotel rooms, service, and amenities, To express opinions and emotions, To talk about technology, To discuss advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city. Vocabulary: Means of transportation, Currency and money, Traveling Hotels/lodging (facilities and amenities), Technology (computer and Internet), City life. Grammar: The future tense, Ir vs. venir, The preterit tense of regular verbs, The preterit tense of ir and ser, The superlative ending -isimo, The possessive pronouns, The relative pronouns, The preterit tense of hacer, Verbs of opinion and emotion, The preterit tense of estar, poder, and tener. 8. CAPITULO 8 MI RITMO DE VIDA. Communication objectives: To talk about the daily routine, To talk about important events To talk about celebrations, To talk about past habits, To describe in the past, To talk about the advantages and disadvantages of life's different stages. Vocabulary: Daily routine, Personal care items, Life situations, Stages of life. Grammar: Reflexive pronouns and reflexive verbs,The verbs ir/irse and dormir/dormirse, Infinitives after prepositions, Reciprocal actions, The preterit tense of the irregular verbs venir and decir, Hace to express "ago", The imperfect tense, Habia ("there was", "there were"). 9.CAPITULO 9 MENTE SANA EN CUERPO SANO Communication objectives: To talk about sports that you like and dislike, To talk about habits in the past (childhood and adolescence), To describe and narrate in the past, To talk about personal skills and talents, To talk about how you spend your free time. Vocabulary:Sports and games, Skills and talents, Hobbies and pastimes. Grammar: The past progressive, The preterit tense and imperfect tense contrasted, Time expressions, Impersonal expressions with infinitives, adverbs with -mente, Indirect object pronouns, Sentences with double object pronouns. 10. CAPITULO 10 LA MADRE NATURALEZA. Communication objectives: To talk about animals, To ask and give information about pets, To narrate a personal experience about a pet, To talk about ecology and nature To describe the countryside, To talk about causes and consequences of natural phenomena, To talk about minerals and metals, To talk about the importance of the environment. Vocabulary: Animals, plants, and nature, The countryside, Phenomena of nature, Gems and metals. Grammar: Indefinite and negative expressions, The present subjunctive, The present perfect indicative tense, The past perfect indicative tense, Irregular verbs of the present subjunctive, The present subjunctive with impersonal, expressions, Por and par. 11. CAPITULO 11 QUE SABROSO! Communication objectives: To advise on eating habits, To give an opinion about diets To give cooking instructions, To express preferences about food and drinks, To order in a restaurant. Vocabulary: Grains, oils, and fats, Meat and seafood, Fruits and vegetables Drinks, Methods of preparation, Meals and dishes, At the restaurant, Tableware. Grammar: Informal singular commands, Pronouns with commands, The subjunctive with verbs of volition, The subjunctive with Ojalá, The passive and impersonal se, Formal and plural commands, The subjunctive with adverbial clauses. 12. CAPITULO 12 POR AMOR AL ARTE. Communication objectives: To express opinions and preferences about art styles, To describe art, To talk about architecture and dwellings, To make hypotheses, To express likes and preferences about literature and movies, To invite to artistic and cultural events. Vocabulary: Art, Architecture, Literature, Filmmaking. Grammar: The conditional tense, The imperfect (past) subjunctive, Haber and the compound tenses of the subjunctive, Sequence of tenses in sentences using the subjunctive, Sequence of tenses in if-clauses using the subjunctive. Spanish - English Glossary. English - Spanish Glossary. Index & Credits.