This video-based text for Beginning Spanish underscores McGraw-Hill’s reputation for developing groundbreaking language materials. Based on 26 hours of an engaging video drama that takes viewers around the Spanish-speaking world, Destinos is an effective program that can be used successfully in Spanish classes, as a college course for distant learners, and by individuals studying on their own.
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Revised lesson-opening pages that include chapter objectives.
A fresh, new interior design, including the colorization of many art pieces.
A new lesson-culminating activity that reviews vocabulary and grammar, often within the context of a task related to the ongoing storyline in the video.
New writing tasks in all review lessons.
A new text-specific, interactive CD-ROM provides students with an engaging way to review and practice material from the Destinos video series.
A new text-specific website offers students ample story, vocabulary, and grammar practice as well as a host of other resources that will help them explore the Spanish-speaking world in greater depth.
A new 7 hour Listening Comprehension Program, now packed free with every new copy of the Student Edition, provides additional opportunities for students to develop listening comprehension skills. Tied to sections in the textbook, the audio selections include reading passages, vocabulary, and listening-based activities.
In 1992 Destinos captured the hearts and minds of Spanish students and instructors alike. Using the popular telenovela (soap opera) premise, Destinos has introduced thousands of students to the richness of the Spanish-speaking world while at the same time giving them a strong foundation in vocabulary, grammar, and other skills necessary to communicate effectively in Spanish.
· Three kinds of Spanish are spoken in the video, all of which provide students with the opportunity to hear natural language as well as language used in more controlled settings: (1) Spanish spoken in a narrated voiceover (controlled), (2) Spanish spoken by Raquel, the protagonist, as she reviews each episode (controlled), and (3) Spanish spoken by the characters as their dialogue propels the story forward (natural).
Vocabulary and grammar presentation and practice are important components of Destinos. But rather than driving the program, the materials are driven by the storyline. Thus, students study vocabulary and grammar within the larger context of the content of the video series.
Review lessons (6, 11, 18, 25, 26, 36, 48-51) review the Destinos story to provide students with a solid knowledge of the action, characters, and important events that take place within the video series.
Culture is abundant throughout the video and text-based materials in Destinos. Students don't only read about culture in the text'they see and hear it throughout the video program!
A wealth of still photos taken from the video series and printed in the text materials relate characters to actions and further reinforce the storyline.
Both volumes of the Workbook/Study Guide contain additional vocabulary practice and grammar presentation and practice. In addition, each review lesson contains a Grammar Summary and practice of the grammar presented in previous lessons.
Bill VanPatten is Professor and Director of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Studies at Texas Tech University. His areas of research are input and input processing in second language acquisition and the effects of formal instruction on acquisitional processes. He has published widely in the fields of second language acquisition and language teaching and is a frequent conference speaker and presenter. His publications include Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen (with James F. Lee, 2003,McGraw-Hill), From Input to Output: A Teacher’s Guide to Second Language Acquisition (2003, McGraw-Hill), Processing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Practice (2004, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) and most recently, Theories in Second Language Acquisition: An Introduction (with Jessica Williams, 2007, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). He is the lead author of Vistazos, ¿Sabías que...?, Destinos and Sol y viento. Dr. VanPatten is the 2007 recipient of the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, awarded jointly by ACTFL and NYSAFLT. When not engaged in academic activities, he writes fiction and performs stand-up comedy. He has recently published his first work of fiction, a collection of short stories titled Chicago Tales, published by Outskirts Press (2007).
Martha Alford Marks received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Co-author of ¿Qué tal? and Destinos, a Spanish video course, she also served on the Advisory Board to Boston PBS station WGBH during the development of the Destinos program, which was funded by the Annenberg Foundation. She is widely known as an ACTFL-certified oral proficiency tester and trainer in Spanish and ESL.
Richard V. Teschner received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Spanish Linguistics. He has taught at UW-Parkside, the University of Iowa, and (since 1976) the University of Texas at El Paso, where in 1988 he became a full professor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. His publications include four edited anthologies, two book-length bibliographies, a placement exam, and a dictionary of Mexican-American Spanish, along with several editions of seven textbooks such as Español escrito: Curso para hispanohablantes bilingües; Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish; and Analyzing the Grammar of English: A Brief Undergraduate Textbook. He has published four dozen articles in professional journals along with an equal number of papers and keynote addresses. In 1988 he served as president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and also of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.
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