Student CD-ROM Program to Accompany Tesoros / Edition 1

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The Tesoros (Treasures) program is an exciting and innovative first year media-based Spanish program that addresses the increased faculty interest in and need for media-based products in beginning Spanish programs. The Tesoros product is one in which the entire course content is delivered completely on CD-ROM through an engaging, mystery-based story that motivates students to learn the language in a medium that is captivating, pedagogically sound, and fun. A full range of print materials (including a textbook and workbook/lab manual) is available to accompany the CD-ROM.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072339963
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/5/2001
  • Edition description: 5 CD-ROMs
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Blake is Chair of the Spanish and Classics Department at the University of California, Davis. He has published widely in the field of Hispanic linguistics and is a nationally recognized developer of computer-assisted language-learning software. Currently, he sits on MLA’s Advisory Council and is an MLA delegate in pedagogy.
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Table of Contents

Leccion 1: La fiesta [New York City]

Plot: Juan meets Kathy at his birthday party in New York; he shows her the map and challenges her to a contest of who can find the treasure first.


1. Singular Nouns: Gender and Articles

2. Nouns and Articles: Plural Forms

Present Tense of –ar verbs and negation; interrogative words

Atlas cultural: Hispanics in the United States

Thematic Vocabulary: En la universidad, En la clase

Leccion 2: El detective [New York City]

Plot: Juan hires a Spanish-speaking detective, David Collins, to assist in following Kathy and solving the mystery of the map.


4. Present Tense of ser

5. Adjectives: Gender, Number, and Position

6. Present Tense of –er and –ir Verbs

Atlas cultural: Spain

Thematic Vocabulary: En la biblioteca, La familia

Leccion 3: En Simancas [Spain]

Plot: David Collins travels to Simancas [Spain] where he interviews the Simancas Archives' librarian, but he has just missed Kathy. The librarian hands him a clue left by Kathy, indicating that she has gone to Cuba.


7. Possessive Adjectives (Unstressed)

8. tener, venir, preferir, querer, and poder

9. Ir; ir + a + Infinitive

Atlas cultural: Cuba

Thematic Vocabulary: En el zoo y el jardin botanico, En el banco

Leccion 4: En el banco [Spain]

Plot: While changing money in a Cuban bank, David discovers by chance that Kathy has just exchanged a large amount of money for Mexican pesos. The clues seem to point to Mexico, but David returns to New York to regroup and study the evidence.


10. Saber and conocer; Personal a

11. Present Tense of Stem-Changing Verbs

12. Reflexive Pronouns

Atlas cultural: Mexico

Thematic Vocabulary: En la oficina, En casa

Leccion 5: La carta [Cuba]

Plot: David now knows that Kathy went to Mexico and through more clues now he also knows she will travel to Colombia next.


13. Present Progressive: estar and –ndo

14. Summary of the Uses of ser and estar

15. Comparisons

Atlas cultural: Puerto Rico

Thematic Vocabulary: En el consultorio del médico, En la agencia de viajes

Leccion 6: La confusion [Mexico]

Plot: David goes to Mexico in search of Kathy. He finds another clue in a Mexican travel agency that Kathy has singled out. There David finds another clue left by Kathy which shows that she has already moved on to Colombia.


16. Direct Object Pronouns

17. Indefinite and Negative Words

18. Formal Commands

Atlas cultural: Colombia

Thematic Vocabulary: En el restaurante, Ir de compras (I)

Leccion 7: El tablon de anuncios [Colombia]

Plot: David realizes that he needs to fly to Colombia to meet Kathy in a popular Bogota restaurant. She's not there but he does find a message left on the bulletin board of this trendy cyber culinary spot. David returns to New York to regroup.


19. Indirect Object Pronouns; dar and decir

20. Gustar

Preterite of Regular Verbs and of dar, hacer, ir, and


Atlas cultural: Bolivia, Paraguay

Thematic Vocabulary: El clima y el calendario, Correos y teléfonos

Leccion de Repaso (review lesson)

Review of plot up to now

Atlas cultural: Costa Rica, El Salvador

Leccion 8: La perrita [Colombia/New York]

Plot: Meanwhile, Kathy has already returned to New York and left another clue, a little puppy by the name of "Kati." Kathy has thrown the detective off the trail, again.


22. Irregular Preterites

23. Preterite of Stem-Changing Verbs

24. Double Object Pronouns

Atlas cultural: Venezuela

Thematic Vocabulary: Ir de compras (II), En el hotel

Leccion 9: Al teléfono [Venezuela]

Plot: Kathy was really headed for Venezuela all along. David tries to catch up with her at her Caracas hotel but, again, just misses her. She is off to Chile now.


25. Imperfect of Regular and Irregular Verbs

26. Using the Preterite and Imperfect

Atlas cultural: Chile

Thematic Vocabulary: El transporte (I), El transporte (II)

Leccion 10: El engaño [Chile]

Plot: David catches up to Kathy in Chile at a train station but then in trying to follow her, he misinterprets her clue and mistakenly takes a train to Peru instead of Ecuador. He discovers his error after the train has pulled out from the station.


27. Past Participle Used As an Adjective

28 Perfect Forms: Present Perfect Indicative

Atlas cultural: Peru

Thematic Vocabulary: El transporte (III), El periodico, la radio y la television

Leccion 11: La pregunta [Chile/New York]

Plot: David regroups in New York, trying to recover from his mistaken side trip. He and Juan examine her clue carefully and realize that she is now in Ecuador. David takes a plane for Ecuador.


29. commands

30. Reciprocal Actions with Reflexive Pronouns

Atlas cultural: Ecuador

Thematic Vocabulary: En el mapa, Actividades profesionales

Leccion 12: La tienda de ropa (El ladron) [Ecuador]

Plot: Again, David is a day late to catch Kathy in Ecuador. The next clue she has left points to Uruguay.


31. Present Subjunctive: An Introduction

32. Use of the Subjunctive: Influence

33. Use of the Subjunctive: Emotion

Atlas cultural: Uruguay

Thematic Vocabulary: Espectaculos, Deportes

Leccion 13: La universidad [Uruguay]

Plot: In Uruguay, David goes to the university to consult with a famous archaeologist. With reference to the map, this expert points David in the direction of an old parchment housed in the Ancient History Museum of New York City. Back to New York goes our tireless detective, outwitted, once again, by Kathy.


34. Use of the Subjunctive: Doubt and Denial

35. Subjunctive After Nonexistent and Indefinite Antecedents

Atlas cultural: Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala

Thematic Vocabulary: En el museo, En la farmacia

Leccion 14: El museo [New York]

Plot: The document examined in the New York Museum finally sends both Juan and David to Iguazú [Argentina], where the last map with all the clues is to be found.


36. Subjunctive After Conjunctions of Contingency and Purpose

37. Subjunctive and Indicative After Conjunctions of Time

Atlas cultural: Argentina

Thematic Vocabulary: En el quiosco, En la peluqueria, la lavanderia, la merceria, la drogueria

Leccion 15: El cofre [Argentina]

Plot: Kathy has found the last map in an old chest in an Iguazú Museum [Argentina] and now has all the clues to solve the mystery but she can't make any sense of them.


38. Future Verb Forms

39. Conditional Verb Forms

Atlas cultural: Honduras, R. Dominicana

no additional vocabulary

Leccion 16: El encuentro [Argentina]

Plot: The resolution of the treasure hunt takes place at Iguazú. Working together, all three of them--Kathy, Juan, and David--solve the mystery of the map and collect its treasure

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