Puntos de Partida: An Invitation to Spanish / Edition 8

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Overview

As the best-selling introductory Spanish textbook in the United States, Puntos de partida has long been a favorite of instructors across the country. For this new edition, the authors and editors of Puntos have turned to those very instructors to help formulate a plan that would respond to the needs of a changing discipline. We reached out to more than 275 students and instructors across the country, and the result is a thoroughly revised edition that we are confident will address new needs and preferences while continuing to provide the solid foundation in communicative language development that is the hallmark of Puntos de partida. Learn more about the Puntos program at the Online Learning Center - www.mhhe.com/puntos8 or at CENTRO - www.mhcentro.com

Puntos de partida is available with CENTRO a portal learning management system through which various digital components, including Quia™ Workbooks and Laboratory Manuals and interactive e-books, are delivered. This McGraw-Hill exclusive system offers a single log-in authentication for students and a single gradebook for instructors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073534428
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 726,598
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marty Knorre was formerly Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Coordinator

of basic Spanish courses at the University of Cincinnati, where she taught undergraduate

and graduate courses in language, linguistics, and methodology. She received her Ph.D.

in foreign language education from The Ohio State University in 1975. Dr. Knorre is coauthor

of Cara a cara and Reflejos and has taught at several NEH Institutes for Language

Instructors. She received a Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1991.

Thalia Dorwick retired as McGraw-Hill’s Editor-in-Chief for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Languages. For many years she was also in charge of McGraw-Hill’s World Languages college list in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Russian. She has taught at Allegheny College, California State University (Sacramento), and Case Western Reserve University, where she received her Ph.D. in Spanish in 1973. She was recognized as an Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher by the California Foreign Language Teachers Association in 1978. Dr. Dorwick is the coauthor of several textbooks and the author of several articles on language teaching issues. She is a frequent guest speaker on topics related to language learning, and she was also an invited speaker at the II Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española, in Valladolid, Spain, in October 2001. In retirement, she consults for McGraw-Hill, especially in the area of world languages, which is of personal interest to her. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University and on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Ana María Pérez-Gironés is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where she teaches and coordinates Spanish language courses. She received a Licenciatura en Filología Anglogermánica from the Universidad de Sevilla in 1985, and her M.A. in General Linguistics from Cornell University in 1988. Professor Pérez-Gironés’ professional interests include second language acquisition and the use of technology in language learning. She is a coauthor of A otro nivel, Puntos en breve, Second Edition, and ¿Qué tal?, Seventh Edition. She is also a coauthor of the Student Manuals for Intermediate Grammar Review and Intensive and High Beginner Courses that accompany Nuevos Destinos.

William R. Glass is the Publisher for World Languages at McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spanish

Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education

(SLATE). He was previously Assistant Professor of Spanish at The Pennsylvania

State University where he was also Director of the Language Program in Spanish. He has

published numerous articles and edited books on issues related to second language instruction

and acquisition.

Hildebrando Villarreal is Professor of Spanish at California State University, Los Angeles,

where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language and linguistics.

He received his Ph.D. in Spanish with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in

1976. Professor Villarreal is the author of several reviews and articles on language, language

teaching, and Spanish for Native Speakers of Spanish. He is the author of ¡A leer!

Un paso más, an intermediate textbook that focuses on reading skills.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Capítulo Preliminar: Ante Todo


Primera parte


Saludos y expresiones de cortesía


El alfabeto español


¿Cómo es usted?
Pronunciación


Las vocales: a, e, i, o, u




Segunda parte


Los números 0–30; hay


Los gustos y las preferencias


¿Qué hora es?




Lectura: La geografía del mundo hispano



Introducción cultural: Los Estados Unidos




Capítulo 1: En la universidad


Vocabulario: Preparación


En el salón de clase


Las materias




Pronunciación


Diphthongs and Linking




Gramática


1. Identifying People, Places, and Things - Singular Nouns: Gender and Articles


2. Identifying People, Places, and Things - Nouns and Articles: Plural Forms


3. Expressing Actions - Subject Pronouns (Part 1); Present Tense of -ar Verbs; Negation


4. Getting Information - Asking Yes/No Questions


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Los Estados Unidos




Un paso más


Literatura de los Estados Unidos: Sandra Cisneros


Lectura: Las universidades hispánicas


Redacción



Introducción cultural: México y Centroamérica




Capítulo 2: La familia


Vocabulario: Preparación


La familia y los parientes


Los números del 31 al 100


Los adjetivos




Pronunciación


Stress and Written Accent Marks (Part 1)




Gramática


5. Describing - Adjectives: Gender, Number, and Position


6. Expressing to be - Present Tense of ser; Summary of Uses (Part 2)


7. Expressing Possession - Possessive Adjectives (Unstressed)


8. Expressing Actions - Present Tense of -er and -ir Verbs; Subject Pronouns (Part 2)


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


México






Un paso más


Literatura de México: Rosario Castellanos


Lectura: La unidad familiar: ¿Perspectivas culturales válidas o estereotipadas?


Redacción




Capítulo 3: De compras


Vocabulario: Preparación


De compras: La ropa


¿De qué color es?


Más allá del número 100




Pronunciación


Stress and Written Accent Marks (Part 2)




Gramática


9. Pointing out People and Things - Demonstrative Adjectives (Part 2) and Pronouns


10. Expressing Actions and States - Tener, venir, preferir, querer, and poder; Some Idioms with tener


11. Expressing Destination and Future Actions - Ir; ir a + infinitive; The Contraction al


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Guatemala y Honduras




Un paso más


Literatura de Guatemala: Miguel Ángel Asturias


Lectura: La psicología de los colores


Redacción




Capítulo 4: En casa


Vocabulario: Preparación


¿Qué día es hoy?


Los muebles, los cuartos y las otras partes de la casa (Part 1)


¿Cuándo? -- Las preposiciones (Part 1)




Gramática


12. Expressing Actions - Hacer, oír, poner, salir, traer, and ver


13. Expressing Actions - Present Tense of Stem-Changing Verbs


14. Expressing -self/-selves - Reflexive Pronouns (Part 1)


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


El Salvador y Nicaragua




Un paso más


Literatura de Nicaragua: Rubén Darío


Lectura: Anuncios salvadoreños


Redacción




Capítulo 5: Las estaciones y el tiempo

Vocabulario: Preparación


¿Qué tiempo hace hoy?


Los meses y las estaciones del año


¿Dónde está? -- Las preposiciones (Part 2)




Gramática


15. ¿Qué están haciendo? - Present Progressive: Estar + -ndo


16. ¿Ser o estar? - Summary of Uses of ser and estar


17. Describing - Comparisons


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Costa Rica




Un paso más


Literatura de Costa Rica: Carmen Naranjo


Lectura: Todos juntos en los trópicos


Redacción




Capítulo 6 ¿Qué le gusta comer?


Vocabulario: Preparación


La comida


¿Qué sabe Ud. y a quién conoce? - Direct Objects (Part 1): The personal a




Gramática


18. Expressing what or who(m) -- Direct Objects (Part 2)


19. Expressing Negation - Indefinite and Negative Words


20. Influencing Others (Part 1) - Formal Commands


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales:


Panama




Un paso más


Literatura de Panamá: Carlos Guillermo Wilson


Lectura: La cocina de Palomino


Redacción



Introducción cultural: El Caribe




Capítulo 7 De vacaciones


Vocabulario: Preparación


De viaje


De vacaciones




Gramática


21. Expressing to who(m) or for whom - Indirect Object Pronouns; Dar and decir


22. Expressing Likes and Dislikes - Gustar (Part 2)


23. Talking about the Past (Part 1) - Preterite of Regular Verbs and of dar, hacer, ir, and ser


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


La República Dominicana




Un paso más


Literatura de la República Dominicana: Manuel del Cabral


Lectura: Entrevista con Frank Rainieri: Un pionero de la República Dominicana


Redacción




Capítulo 8 Los días festivos


Vocabulario: Preparación


La fiesta de Javier


Las emociones y los estados afectivos




Gramática


24. Talking about the Past (Part 2) - Irregular Preterites


25. Talking about the Past (Part 3) - Preterite of Stem-Changing Verbs


26. Expressing Direct and Indirect Objects Together - Double Object Pronouns


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Cuba




Un paso más


Literatura de Cuba: José Martí


Lectura: ¡Época de tradiciones!


Redacción




Capítulo 9 El tiempo libre


Vocabulario: Preparación


Los pasatiempos, diversiones y aficiones


Los quehaceres domésticos




Gramática


27. Talking About the Past (Part 4) - Descriptions of Habitual Actions in the Past: Imperfect of Regular and Irregular Verbs


28. Expressing Extremes - Superlatives


29. Getting Information—Summary of Interrogative Words (Part 2)


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Colombia




Un paso más


Literatura de Colombia: Gabriel García Márquez


Lectura: Noctámbulos


Escritura




Capítulo 10 La salud


Vocabulario: Preparación


La salud y el bienestar


En el consultorio




Gramática


30. Narrating in the Past (Part 5)- Using the Preterite and the Imperfect


31. Recognizing que, quien(es), lo que - Relative Pronouns


32. Expressing each other - Reciprocal Actions with Reflexive Pronouns


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Venezuela




Un paso más


Literatura de Venezuela: Rómulo Gallegos


Lectura: Las alergias: Una guerra sin control


Redacción




Capítulo 11 Presiones de la vida moderna


Vocabulario: Preparación


Las presiones de la vida estudiantil


¡La profesora Martínez se levantó con el pie izquierdo!




Gramática


33. Telling How Long Something Has Been Happening or How Long Ago Something Happened - Hace... que: Another Use of hacer


34. Expressing Unplanned or Unexpected Events - Another Use of se


35. ¿Por o para? - A Summary of Their Uses


Un poco de todo
Perspectivas culturales


Puerto Rico




Un paso más


Literatura de Puerto Rico: Rosario Ferré


Lectura: Divórciate del estrés


Redacción




Capítulo 12 La calidad de la vida


Vocabulario: Preparación


Tengo... Necesito... Quiero...


La vivienda




Gramática


36. Influencing Others (Part 2) - Tú (Informal) Commands -- Nota comunicativa: Vosotros Commands


37. Expressing Subjunctive Actions or States - Present Subjunctive (Part 1): An Introduction


38. Expressing Desires and Requests - Use of the Subjunctive (Part 2): Influence


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


El Perú




Un paso más


Literatura de Perú: Mario Vargas Llosa


Lectura: Teléfenos, ¡y mucho más!


Redacción




Capítulo 13 El arte y la cultura


Vocabulario: Preparación


Las artes


Ranking Things: Ordinals




Gramática


39. Expressing Feelings - Use of the Subjunctive (Part 3): Emotion


40. Expressing Uncertainty - Use of the Subjunctive (Part 4): Doubt and Denial


41. Expressing Influence, Emotion, Doubt, and Denial - The Subjunctive (Part 5): A Summary


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Bolivia y el Ecuador




Un paso más


Literatura de Ecuador: Jorge Icaza


Lectura: Ch’aska Palomas: Artesanas textiles


Redacción



Introducción cultural: El Cono Sur




Capítulo 14 La naturaleza y el medio ambiente


Vocabulario: Preparación


La naturaleza y el medio ambiente


Los coches




Gramática


42. Más descripciones - Past Participle Used as an Adjective


43. ¿Qué has hecho? - Perfect Forms: Present Perfect Indicative and Present Perfect Subjunctive


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Argentina




Un paso más


Literatura de Argentina : Alfonsina Storni


Lectura : La Amazonia pierde cada año un millón y medio de hectáreas




Capítulo 15 La vida social y la vida afectiva


Vocabulario: Preparación


Las relaciones sentimentales


Etapas de la vida




Gramática


44. ¿Hay alguien que... ? ¿Hay un lugar donde... ? - The Subjunctive (Part 6): The Subjunctive after Nonexistent and Indefinite Antecedents


45. Lo hago para qué tú... - The Subjunctive (Part 7) Subjunctive after Conjunctions of Contingency and Purpose


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


Chile




Un paso más


Literatura de Chile: Gabriela Mistral


Lectura : Las separaciones y los divorcios han aumentado…



Redacción




Capítulo 16 ¿Trabajar para vivir o vivir para trabajar?


Vocabulario: Preparación


Las profesiones y los oficios


El mundo de trabajo


Una cuestión de dinero




Gramática


46. Talking about the Future - Future Verb Forms


47. Expressing Future or Pending Actions - The Subjunctive and Indicative after Conjunctions of Time


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


El Uruguay y el Paraguay




Un paso más


Literatura de Uruguay : Horacio Quiroga


Lectura: «La higuera», por Juana Fernández de Ibarbourou


Redacción



Introducción cultural: España y la comunidad hispana global




Capítulo 17 En la actualidad


Vocabulario: Preparación


Las noticias


El gobierno y la responsabilidad cívica




Gramática


48. ¡No queríamos que fuera así! - The Past Subjunctive


49. More About Expressing Possession (Part 2) - Stressed Possessives


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


España




Un paso más


Literatura de España: Juan Ramón Jiménez


Lectura: «XXIV», por Antonio Machado


Redacción




Capítulo 18 En el extranjero


Vocabulario: Preparación


En el extranjero: Lugares y cosas


En un viaje al extranjero




Gramática


50. Expressing What You Would Do - Conditional Verb Forms


51. Hypothetical Situations: What if . . . ? - Si Clause Sentences


Un poco de todo




Perspectivas culturales


El pasado y el futuro del español




Un paso más


Literatura de los Estados Unidos: Elías Miguel Múnoz


Lectura: «Cubanita descubanizada», por Gustavo Pérez Firmat


Redacción
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