Miradas focuses on the acquisition of cultural competence and communication skills through innovative themes, culture, grammmar reviews, and writing workshops. This text solves a variety of needs in the third-year Spanish course: developing reading skills, strategies for literary analysis, expanding vocabulary, consolidating grammar and writing proficiency, and offering connections with other cultural manifestations such as music and film, all within a communicative context. Miradas truly brings students from the high intermediate level to the advanced level of proficiency in the four skills, as defined by the ACTFL Guidelines.
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Look at the Spanish-speaking world through Miradas, a textbook for high intermediate and advanced students of Spanish that builds language skills and develops cultural awareness. Miradas covers five distinct themes (Identity, Heritage, Memory, Prejudices, and Fantasy and Humor) from the perspective of writers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Miradas’innovative and integrative plan features oral and written activities that stimulate critical thinking and help students appreciate the cultural context in which the different works were created. The Miradas Companion Website at www.prenhall.com/miradas offers resource links where students can find additional information on the authors and web-based activities related to the chapter theme.About the Author:
Claudia Mejia was born in Medellín, Colombia. She studied Linguistics and Literature at the Pontificia Bolivariana University of Medellín and later pursued her graduate studies in the United States. In 1997, she completed a Master of Arts in Latin American Literature and Culture from Boston College. Since then she has taught Spanish in several universities in the U.S: Harvard, Brandeis and Tufts, where she was a full-time lecturer and course administrator for ten years. She currently lives in the Middle East.
Conchita L. Davis was born in Madrid, Spain. She studied Spanish Language and Literature at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, where she received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition. She started her career as an instructor of Spanish to non-native speakers in the Fundación Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain, where she taught for 5 years. She moved to the United States in 1988, and taught and coordinated first year Spanish at The Ohio State University and later at Boston University. She has been a lecturer and course administrator for third year Spanish at Tufts University since 2001.
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