Exploraciones curso intermedio

Exploraciones curso intermedio

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ISBN-13: 9781337612487
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: MindTap Course List Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Mary Ann Blitt began her Spanish studies at the age of 13 while living in Madrid, Spain. She received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and after spending a year studying at the Universidad de Granada, she returned to the university to obtain a teaching certificate. She later attended Colorado State University, where she received her master's degree in Spanish with interdisciplinary studies in French. After teaching Spanish and coordinating the study abroad program at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods in Kansas City for fourteen years, she joined the faculty at College of Charleston in 2014. Mary Ann has studied in Spain, Mexico, France, and Canada and has trained teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Asuncion, Paraguay. She is currently actively involved in professional development workshops.


Margarita Casas was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She completed her bachelor's degree in sciences and techniques of communication in Guadalajara, Mexico. She holds two master's degrees from Colorado State University, one in Spanish literature with an emphasis on education, and the other in Teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, she is faculty and Chair of the Foreign Language Department at Linn-Benton Community College. She has collaborated on two textbooks prior to EXPLORACIONES and has published a novel, Italia en cuatro estaciones, winner of the first literature contest of the Universidad de Guadalajara. She is an avid traveler who hopes to inspire her students to travel and see the world by themselves.


Mary T. Copple joined the Department of Modern Languages at Kansas State University in 2007; she currently coordinates the Spanish Language Program and teaches courses in linguistics, second language acquisition, and foreign language pedagogy. She also works with graduate students in the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) MA degree programs. Working from a usage-based perspective, her research focuses primarily on language acquisition and Spanish linguistics in the areas of language variation and change, and sociolinguistics. She is currently involved in a project that explores how students acquire second language sounds and variation among speakers of different backgrounds.

Table of Contents


PRELIMINAR: REVIEW CHAPTER Regular and irregular verbs (including tener, ir, ser, estar); Verbs like gustar; Saber and conocer; Interrogatives; Negatives; Por and para; Object pronouns; Reflexive verbs; Preterite of regular verbs / irregular verbs / stem-changing verbs; Imperfect and imperfect; Present subjunctive verb forms; Past progressive CAPÍTULO 1: GENERACIONES Y RELACIONES HUMANAS Communicative Objective After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss personal relations and cultural values; Improve your ability to narrate past events Estrategia para avanzar: Indicating time Vocabulary: Family and personal relationships Grammar A perfeccionar: Preterite and imperfect Estructuras: Pronominal verbs (reflexive se and process se); Reciprocal verbs Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la economia: Los tiempos cambian; Comparaciones: De generacion a generacion; Cultura: Cambios en la sociedad y en las familias mexicanas; Comunidad Writing Un diario (Write a journal entry based on a day in your life) Listening A escuchar: Los ancianos y su papel en la familia Video and Literature Cortometraje (short film): Un dia de estos (6 min.) Cápsula cultural: Uruguay regala tablets a sus jubilados Literatura: La foto, por Enrique Anderson Imbert CAPÍTULO 2: COSTUMBRES, TRADICIONES Y VALORES. Communicative ObjectiveAfter completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss traditions and celebrations; Describe cultural values and aspects of relationships; Express opinions; Express desires and give recommendations Estrategia para avanzar: Using circumlocution Vocabulary: Traditions, customs, and values Grammar A perfeccionar: Commands; Estructuras: Subjunctive with impersonal expression; Subjunctive with verbs of desire and influence Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la antropologia: Los valores culturales; Comparaciones: Los apellidos:tradicion y cultura; Cultura: Artesanias del mundo hispanohablante; Comunidad Writing Ensayo informativo (Explain a tradition common in a Spanish-speaking country) Video [Short film] and Literature Cortometraje: Rogelio (5 min) Cápsula cultural: Cometas gigantes para los muertos Literatura: Celebracion de la fantasia, por Eduardo Galeano Listening A escuchar: ¿Como son las fiestas? CAPÍTULO 3: A LA MESA Communicative Objective: After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss eating habits; Express your opinions on what is healthy; Express preferences and make recommendations; Compare and contrast eating habits across cultures Estrategia para avanzar: Connecting ideas Vocabulary: Eating habits, food, diet, and measurement terms; Grammar A perfeccionar: Ser, estar and haber; Estructuras: Subjunctive with verbs of doubt. Subjunctive with expressions of emotion Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la gastronomia: El pan dulce: ¿una tradicion en peligro?; Comparaciones: Comparaciones: La hora del cafe; Cultura: La comida y los valores culturales; Comunidad Writing. Descripcion (Discuss your eating preferences and describe a favorite dish) Video [Short film] and Literature. Cortometraje: La suerte de la fea a la bonita no le importa (8 min) Cápsula cultural Las tapas: Las reinas de la revolucion gastronomica Literatura: Sobrecitos de azucar, por Hjalmar Flax Listening A escuchar: ¿Como es la dieta en Espana? CAPÍTULO 4: LÍDERES DEL PRESENTE Y DEL PASADO Communicative Objective. After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss the characteristics of leaders; Narrate and describe past events with more accuracy Estrategia para avanzar: Rehearsing narratives Vocabulary: History and politics Grammar A perfeccionar: Preterite vs. imperfect; Estructuras: Imperfect subjunctive; Subjunctive with adjectives Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la historia: Cesar Chávez y Dolores Huerta; Comparaciones: La Malinche; Cultura: La cultura de los antiheroes: Comunidad Writing La biografia (Write a biographical sketch of a person you admire.) Video (Short film) and Literature Cortometraje: Lo importante (11 min) Cápsula cultural:¿Donde está Colon? Literatura: La honda de David, por Augusto Monterroso Listening A escuchar: ¿Fue heroina o villana la Malinche? CAPÍTULO 5: SOCIEDADES EN TRANSICIÓN. Communicative Objective. After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss contemporary issues; Talk about what you have done; Discuss opinions and emotional reactions to current and prior events Estrategia para avanzar: Noticing your mistakes and self-correcting Vocabulary: Contemporary society and technology Grammar A perfeccionar: Present perfect; Estructuras: Present perfect subjunctive; Subjunctive with adverbial clauses Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la sociologia: Los migrantes y las nuevas generaciones; Comparaciones: Las redes sociales en Hispanoamerica; Cultura: Las redes sociales y su impacto social en situaciones de emergencia; Comunidad Writing. Ensayo argumentativo (Write about your point of view about a local, national, international, or societal issue) Video (Short film) and Literature. Cortometraje: Connecting People (3 min) Cápsula cultural: Los primeros universitarios gratis de Chile Literatura: Drama moderno, por Victoria Pueyrredon Listening A escuchar: La inmigracion en Argentina CAPÍTULO 6 ENTRETENIMIENTO... DE PELÍCULA! Communicative Objective. After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Narrate past events with more accuracy; Express and support opinions and experiences about films and other forms of entertainment; Estrategia para avanzar: Watching Spanish language movies to improve language use Vocabulary: Film and entertainment Grammar A perfeccionar: Past perfect; Estructuras: Past perfect subjunctive; Reported speech Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la economia: El futbol y la industria del entretenimiento; Comparaciones: El entretenimiento y las nuevas generaciones; Cultura: El nuevo cine latinoemericano; Comunidad Writing. La resena (Write a review of a film) Video [Short film) and Literature. Cortometraje: La mujer de mi vida (5 min.) Cápsula cultural : Revalorizando el quechua con musica pop Literatura: El delantal blanco, por Sergio Vodanovic Listening A escuchar: La censura espanola y el cine americano CAPÍTULO 7: GANARSE LA VIDA. Communicative Objective. After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss work and finances; Talk about what might happen Estrategia para avanzar: Distinguishing register Vocabulary: : Work and finances Grammar A perfeccionar: Future tense; Estructuras: Conditional tense; Future perfect and conditional perfect Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… a la economia: Los retos de las nuevas generaciones; Comparaciones: En busca del trabajo perfecto; Cultura: El dinero como representacion cultural; Comunidad Writing Una carta de solicitud de empleo (Write a cover letter for your resume) Video (Short film) and Literature. Cortometraje: La lista (6 min) Cápsula cultural : Princesas quinceaneras Literatura: La Pobreza, por Pablo Neruda Listening A escuchar: ¿Como serán los trabajos del futuro? CAPÍTULO 8: EL CAMPO DE LA CIUDAD Communicative Objective After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Compare and contrast rural and urban life; Discuss hypothetical situations Estrategia para avanzar: Avoiding linguistic breakdown by simplifying the task Vocabulary: Describing urban and rural areas Grammar. A perfeccionar: Comparisons; Estructuras: Si clauses (possible); Si clauses (hypothetical) Culture (5Cs) Conexiones… al arte y a la arquitectura: Arte en las ciudades; Comparaciones: La organizacion de las ciudades; Cultura: El graffiti: arte y voces urbanas; Comunidad Writing Comparacion y contraste (Write a comparison of an aspect of urban life and rural life) Video (Short film) and Literature Cortometraje: A la otra (5 min) Cápsula cultural : Cuando el arte cambia la vida de un barrio pobre Literatura: Algo muy grave va a suceder en este pueblo, por Gabriel Garcia Márquez Listening A escuchar: La industrializacion de las zonas rurales en Espana CAPÍTULO 9: SIGUE EL RITMO. Communicative Objective. After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Discuss music preferences; Change the focus of a sentence using a passive structure; Distinguish conditions that are results of an action from passive structure Estrategia para avanzar: Using music to increase the speed of your speech Vocabulary: Music and musical instruments Grammar. A perfeccionar: Uses of se (passive, impersonal and accidental); Estructuras: Passive voice; Resultant state vs. passive voice Culture (5Cs). Conexiones… a la musica: ¿Musica latina o musica latinoamericana?; Comparaciones: Musica y poesia; Cultura: Musica para el cambio; Comunidad Writing. Un poema (Write a haiku poem in Spanish) Video (Short film) and Literature Cortometraje: Musicos subterráneos (10 min) Cápsula cultural: La opera aborda el metro en Argentina Literatura: El violinista, por Felipe Fernández Listening A escuchar: La funcion de la musica CAPÍTULO 10: EL MUNDO LITERARIO Communicative Objective. After completing the chapter, you will be able to: Talk about what I like to read; Give a short summary of a book plot; Write my own short story; Recognize some important Hispanic authors Estrategia para avanzar: Building your vocabulary Vocabulary: Literature, types of books and reading Grammar. A perfeccionar: Relative pronouns; Estructuras: Cuyo and lo que...; Stressed forms of possessive pronouns Culture (5Cs). Conexiones a la literatura: El boom latinoamericano; Comparaciones: Las Academias de la Lengua y la preservacion del idioma; Cultura: La lectura entre los hispanohablantes. Comunidad. Writing. Una narracion (Write a story with an introduction, a climax, and a conclusion). Video (Short film) and Literature. Cortometraje: Ladron de sábado (10 min). Cápsula cultural : Los nuevos protagonistas de la feria del libro de Bogotá: youtubers. Literatura: Julia de Burgos, por Julia de Burgos. Listening. A escuchar: La funcion de la literatura. APPENDICES. Appendix A: Almanaque. Appendix B: Acentuacion. Appendix C: Verb Charts. Appendix D: Additional structures. Appendix E: Grammar Guide. Appendix F: Functional Glossary. Spanish-English Vocabulary. English-Spanish Vocabulary. Index.

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