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Spanish for School Personnel / Edition 1

Spanish for School Personnel / Edition 1

by Patricia Rush
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  This communicative-based, hands-on volume is designed primarily to help professionals already working in the field or pre-professionals getting ready to work in one of the many areas of education to use real-life language on the job. The volume provides a pragmatic “real-world” language and culture training program than provides beginning students with the foundation to master essential language skills.   The guide examines language topics such as vamos a la escuela, ¡la vuelta al cole!, la oficina de salud, el personal de la escuela, la seguridad en la escuela, recursos de la cumunidad, la escuela secundaria, consejos útiles, la universidad, and entonces y ahora.   For school personnel interested in a guide to essential Spanish language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900131401340
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 11/22/2003
Series: Spanish at Work Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Patricia Rush has over 30 years of teaching experience in Spanish, the last 15 at Ventura College where she is a Spanish instructor and former Department Chair. Her BA and MA degrees in Spanish are from California State University, Los Angeles. She has traveled extensively throughout the Spanish-speaking world, focusing on Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba, and has directed International Studies programs.

She was a coauthor on Mosaicos, 2E, Trato hecho, 2E, Spanish for Health Care and Spanish for Business. She was awarded a LLAMA grant (Language Learning and Multimedia Applications) from IBM for the use of technology in language instruction. In 2000 she was selected “Teacher of the Year” by the EOPS program. She directed the Migrant Education Program in the Alhambra School District as well as the Gifted and Talented Education Program, and has served as Dean of Students and Vice Principal in charge of Curriculum. Her administrative internship was in Vocational Education, where she developed course outlines for Spanish for Medical Personnel, Law Enforcement, Social Services, and the Workplace; she possesses a TESOL certificate for instruction in English as a Second Language. Her various presentations on language methodology at ACTFL and CLTA (California Language Teachers’ Association) have been well received.

Patricia Houston has been a Dean, and Department Chair of Languages at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University and a Masters from the Universidad de Las Americas in Mexico. In addition to Spanish language instruction in academic and business settings, she has been a corporate trainer for private industry and the government. Long interested in applied language studies, she was a founder of the Pima College Translation Studies Program and coauthored several language textbooks, including the Spanish At Work series. During her career as an instructor, Patricia has won a variety of teaching awards on local and national levels.

Table of Contents

1. Vamos a la escuela.

2. íLa vuelta al cole!

3. La oficina de salud.

4. El personal de la escuela.

5. La seguridad en la escuela.

6. Repaso I.

7. Las escuelas alternativas.

8. La escuela secundaria.

9. Consejos útiles.

10. La universidad.

11. Entonces y ahora.

12. Repaso II.



One of the fastest-growing markets for Spanish-language instruction throughout the country is the field of occupational or vocational courses either for contract training within organizations or for general student access as a regularly scheduled class. This series of materials, Spanish at Work, is designed to allow colleges to create and deliver pragmatic, 'real-world' language and culture training programs so that students can master 'need-to-know' language. It is designed for students without previous Spanish study, at the beginning level, but it also works well to reinforce background knowledge already in place for intermediate level students. Spanish for School Personnel is the third of this series, following Spanish for Health Care and Spanish for Business. Students, whether professionals already working in the field or career/goal-oriented students in an occupational training program, are presented key vocabulary in a comprehensible-input format, focusing on easily mastered core expressions. Art, realia, photographs and brief dialogues reinforce needed terms, supported by concise grammar explanations. In class, students will practice communicative survival using key vocabulary essential to each context to enable them to utilize their Spanish in the real world at work.

Highlights of the Program

Spanish for School Personnel has ten chapters plus a brief preliminary lesson and two review chapters. Each lesson has two modules, each with a vocabulary segment and a grammar segment using the context-appropriate vocabulary. The lessons end with the vocabulary list and synthesis activities combining listening, speaking, reading and writing. All exercises move from mechanical to production-oriented, following the logical progression of language acquisition. The final section, Algo mas, features a culturally informative reading and sends the student out to the real world to look for material tied to the theme of the chapter.

Organization of the Text
  • Vocabulary presentation: Each of the two modules presents key vocabulary by means of art, realia, photographs, and brief dialogues. The inclusion of two separate spreads in each module allows for manageable amounts of easily mastered, core expressions pertinent to each occupational area.
  • Grammar approach: Grammar practice is embedded automatically in context, not called out as mastery exercises. In class, students will focus on communicative survival using basic vocabulary essential to the topic to enable them to utilize their Spanish in the real world of their job environment. Concise grammar explanations, two per module, are presented in 'chunks.'
  • Vocabulary summary: Each module's vocabulary is listed by function—nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other expressions. The glossary at the end of the book lists the lesson in which the item was introduced, intended as a convenient reference, especially for preview/review.
  • Sintesis: Skills and topics are interwoven at the end of each chapter into a series of skill-building and skill-chaining activities that bring together the chapter vocabulary, structures, and cultural content. In recognition of the increased interest in Applied Spanish courses across the country, each of the ten regular lessons concludes with a task-based module in which students use Spanish in a realistic, applied way. Modules focus on a variety of fields where students may be likely to seek their future or current careers. Art, articles, and other documents emphasize the usefulness and vitality of Spanish in today's world.
  • A escuchar develops students' ability to understand spoken Spanish in a variety of authentic contexts.
  • A conversar includes open-ended speaking activities based on naturally-occurring discourse situations. Students learn to express and discuss their own needs and interests.
  • A leer introduces basic readings for students to become independent readers, able to understand the general meaning of a text as well as to extricate specific information from it.
  • A escribir provides activities in which students learn to compose messages and memos, paragraphs and publicity announcements.
  • Algo mas: This section focuses on contemporary cultural issues related to the chapter theme. The Ventana cultural reading exposes the student to key information. A broad variety of contemporary topics is featured, appropriate to the lesson's context. A buscar, immediately following, then guides students to gather information to enhance their own connection to this topic. A conocer introduces students to prominent Hispanics succeeding in the occupational field and to in-depth cultural close-ups related to education. Components
    • Text
    • Audio CD with available tapescript, including listening segments, dialogues, and vocabulary lists
    • Instructor's Resource Manual, including tests
    • Interactive, text-specific Website, including tests and links
    For the student

    Welcome! Spanish at Work has been designed for YOU to use in your daily work situation, improving your ability to interact with your students and their families. You'll find a user-friendly text, combining appropriate vocabulary and concise grammar explanations with realia from today's world to lead you into the real world of Spanish for School Personnel. We want you to be able to react to your daily job environment, meeting your needs with hands-on language and giving you enough to survive in the education area without loading you down with translation exercises. Our real-life context is intended to transfer directly to your daily 'need-to-know' activities. We encourage you to jump right in and join us.

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