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Conectados Communication Manual,
2nd Edition

Patti J. Marinelli, Karin Fajardo

ISBN-13: 9780357030226 | ISBN-10: 0357030222

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 544 pages

List Price USD $169.95

Overview

CONECTADOS is an innovative Introductory Spanish program that features a unique blend of online and in-class activities designed to help you connect with the Spanish-speaking world, academic disciplines, your classmates, and your instructor. CONECTADOS uses current technology that allows for a variety of media-rich activities, immediate feedback, and learning through discovery and analysis rather than lectures.

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Patti J. Marinelli has had a distinguished career teaching Spanish at the University of South Carolina. The recipient of many university awards, she also was named Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers' Association in 2008. She has extensive experience coordinating the introductory Spanish program and mentoring graduate teaching assistants at the university. Her online Beginning Spanish II course with MindTap for Conectados was recently selected for a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award. Marinelli has authored two other Spanish textbooks, including the best-selling high beginner textbook Puentes. Both her teaching and writing are informed by her experiences as a certified ACTFL OPI tester and her expertise in standards-based instruction.

Karin Fajardo is an educational publishing professional who has authored language learning materials for more than a dozen Spanish textbooks across all levels. As a native Spanish speaker who has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Spain and Latin America, her primary focus has been to generate culturally rich interdisciplinary language lessons. Fajardo also is a pioneer in the creation of online products and the development of authentic video for instructional purposes. Her current writing interests focus on self-directed learning.

  • In each chapter students explore three essential questions (one per Paso) related to the chapter theme. These are presented as a series of scaffolded activities that enable students to respond to intellectually stimulating questions.
  • En acción: Comunicación interpretativa (after Paso 1), Comunicación interpersonal (after Paso 2); Comunicación presentacional (after Paso 3). In these IPA-like sections, a single theme is explored in different ways, according to the three modes of communication. Authentic readings are always used for the interpretive section: In class, the activities focus on understanding the main points and talking about the topic; online, the activities are patterned after ACTFL IPAs. For the interpersonal section, students discuss some element of the topic introduced in the reading. In some cases, a second, shorter reading is presented to further motivate conversation. In the presentational section, students produce messages, letters, blogs and other forms of written communication related to the same theme.
  • Can-do statements and proficiency assessment. At the end of each Paso students engage in self-assessment, based on can-do statements (Autoevaluación). Instructors can get a sample of student’s proficiency level in Ya puedo, where they demonstrate (in writing or in a recording) their performance of one of the can-do statements. After chapters 3, 6, 9, and 12, students are guided to self-assess their proficiency level for interpersonal communication (Progresando). IPAs are included in the testing program.
  • Nuestro mundo: Mi país. Each chapter begins with a personal message composed by a person from a different country. In the message, these native speakers highlight what they think our students should know about their country. The topics they choose to share vary widely: music, sports, art, customs, holidays, famous people, geographical wonders, etc.
  • UNIQUE, GUIDED APPROACH TO CONTENT. Conectados' innovative Learning Path, offered through the MindTap online platform, is carefully designed to guide instruction and take students step-by-step through each chapter. This process is fundamental to their success and includes: 1) a short introduction to the broad content. 2) lively presentations of key topics. 3) brief comprehension checks that reward students for engaging. 4) abundant opportunities for practice. 5) opportunities to use the content in context through communicative skills assessments and collaboration tools. 6) and finally, an opportunity to self-evaluate how they have met the goals expected of them by the end of the chapter.
  • CONECTADOS is flexible, customizable, and easy to use. Conceptualized to be used in face-to-face, hybrid (blended), and fully online courses, it includes convenient syllabi templates for easy planning.
  • CONECTADOS makes connections with other academic disciplines through the use of video sourced from National Geographic (Reportaje) and readings (Conectados con...). Students learn about a variety of subjects in Spanish and continue their exploration of other academic disciplines in Conexiones y comparaciones activities.
  • CONECTADOS promotes self-regulated learning. Learners preview the chapter topics; are presented with learning outcomes; work through guided, interactive activities to confirm their understanding of key points; and then reflect on what they have learned. Material is presented in manageable chunks with countless activities and support materials. In addition, formative feedback is provided for all auto-gradable activities in Gramática; students not only find out which items they have answered incorrectly, but also receive detailed explanations so that they better understand the source of their error.
  • CONECTADOS systematically recycles content. As the chapters progress, Practice it! activities and Use it! activities regularly incorporate themes and structures from earlier chapters. In the Communication Manual, the recycling icon indicates content that is reentered and integrated into new material.
  • CONECTADOS fosters a sense of community within the classroom through social networking-type activities. It also connects students with the larger Spanish-speaking community by having them perform real-life tasks using authentic online sites (Exploración).

Table of Contents

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LECCIÓN PRELIMINAR: Set a personal goal for learning Spanish. Learn strategies for success. Say hello and ask someone’s name. State your name and how to spell it. Greet people in informal and formal situations. Say what classes you have. Follow your professor’s instructions.

CAPÍTULO 1 ¡VAMOS A CONOCERNOS!
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: The Spanish-speaking world.
Reportaje: Bolivia’s Madidi National Park.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Greetings, leave-takings, introductions.
Gramática A: Numbers 0–100.
Gramática B: Subject pronouns and the verb estar.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How do you greet your friends and professors?
Comunicación interpretativa: Common social media abbreviations.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Classroom objects and expressions.
Gramática A: Nouns and articles.
Gramática B: The verb ser.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: Is technology essential in the classroom?
Comunicación interpersonal: Favorite chat apps.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Places around campus and location words.
Gramática A: The verb tener and expressions with tener.
Gramática B: The verb ir.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: Where do college students live?
Comunicación presentacional: A pen pal letter.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Get to know your classmates.
Perspectivas: Where are you from?
Exploración: Famous people.
Videopodcast: University of Costa Rica.
MÁS.
Lectura: La geografía.
Lectura auténtica: La neurociencia.
Composición: A message to a former roommate.
Pronunciación: Vowels.

CAPÍTULO 2 LA VIDA ESTUDIANTIL.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Spain.
Reportaje: Barcelona’s street life.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Classes, professors, days of the week.
Gramática A: Adjectives.
Gramática B: Basic sentences and negation.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What are the most popular majors and why do students choose them?
Comunicación interpretativa: Seville’s Bulebar Café.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Telling time and everyday activities.
Gramática A: Present tense of -ar verbs.
Gramática B: Yes/No questions.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What is a college student’s course schedule like?
Comunicación interpersonal: Events that bring professors to the community.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Invitations, leisure activities, expressions of frequency.
Gramática A: Present tense of -er and -ir verbs.
Gramática B: Information and tag questions.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What is the perfect weekend?
Comunicación presentacional: An ad for a café lecture event.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Favorite places on or near campus.
Perspectivas: Social life at the university.
Exploración: University curricula.
Videopodcast: Interview with a UBA student.
MÁS.
Lectura: La cinematografía.
Lectura auténtica: La sociología.
Composición: A message to an exchange student.
Pronunciación: The letters ll, ñ, r, and rr.

CAPÍTULO 3 ENTRE FAMILIA Y AMIGOS.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Reportaje: Cuba through the eyes of a photographer.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Family, friends, and pets.
Gramática A: Possessive adjectives and pronouns.
Gramática B: Ser and estar.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What is the importance of the extended family?
Comunicación interpretativa: Amelia Vega Horford.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Physical characteristics and personality traits.
Gramática A: Making comparisons.
Gramática B: Superlatives.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What does it mean to be a good friend?
Comunicación interpersonal: Amelia Vega and her family.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Parties, celebrations, and activities.
Gramática A: Present tense of stem-changing verbs.
Gramática B: Present tense of gustar.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What makes a party fun?
Comunicación presentacional: A message regarding a guest speaker.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: A special person.
Perspectivas: Birthday celebrations.
Exploración: Pets for adoption.
Videopodcast: Family presentation.
MÁS.
Lectura: La biología.
Lectura auténtica: Las ciencias.
Composición: A letter to a host family.
Pronunciación: The letters j, h, and ch.

CAPÍTULO 4 ¡BUEN VIAJE!
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Mexico.
Reportaje: Mexico’s culture and natural wonders.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Vacation activities.
Gramática A: Irregular verbs in the present tense.
Gramática B: Future: ir + a + infinitive.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: Why do people travel?
Comunicación interpretativa: Scuba diving in a cenote.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Weather expressions, months of the year, and seasons.
Gramática A: Numbers over 100.
Gramática B: Present progressive.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: With what activities do we associate each season?
Comunicación interpersonal: Hidden gems.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Travel-related expressions, transportation, directions.
Gramática A: Verb phrases.
Gramática B: Indefinite and negative expressions.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What should a tourist know before traveling to your country?
Comunicación presentacional: A letter with travel recommendations.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Vacation experiences.
Perspectivas: Tourist destinations.
Exploración: A trip to Los Cabos.
Videopodcast: San José, Costa Rica.
MÁS.
Lectura: La música.
Lectura auténtica: La religión.
Composición: An article on a popular vacation destination.
Pronunciación: Intonation of statements and questions.

CAPÍTULO 5 TODO EN UN DÍA.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Guatemala and Honduras.
Reportaje: Guatemala’s Mayan ruins.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Daily routine activities; sequence, frequency, and time words.
Gramática A: Reflexive verbs in the present tense.
Gramática B: Reflexives in verb phrases and the present progressive.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How do weekday routines change on the weekend?
Comunicación interpretativa: Roommate finder on Rumis.com.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Describing a room, complaining, and talking about chores.
Gramática A: Direct objects (nouns and pronouns).
Gramática B: Regular verbs in the preterite.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: Should children help with household chores?
Comunicación interpersonal: Rental rooms and apartment mates.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Describing where you live and spatial relationships; welcoming a friend.
Gramática A: The preterite of ir, ser, hacer, and tener.
Gramática B: Uses of the preterite.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How do you welcome guests into your home?
Comunicación presentacional: A message about a shared apartment.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Where you live.
Perspectivas: Household chores.
Exploración: Vacation home in Guatemala.
Videopodcast: Machu Picchu.
MÁS.
Lectura: La arquitectura.
Lectura auténtica: La arqueología.
Composición: A message about your summer job.
Pronunciación: The letter g.

CAPÍTULO 6 LA BUENA COMIDA.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Reportaje: Nicaragua’s history, nature, and architecture.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Foods, drinks, and expressions at the table.
Gramática A: Indirect object pronouns.
Gramática B: The preterite of irregular verbs.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: At what time do people eat and what does each meal consist of?
Comunicación interpretativa: Restaurants in unusual places.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Menu items, expressions at a restaurant, place settings.
Gramática A: The preterite of stem-changing verbs.
Gramática B: Summary of the preterite.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How often do people eat out and what kind of restaurants are popular?
Comunicación interpersonal: Theme restaurants.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Food wheel; healthy and unhealthy habits; health and nutrition advice.
Gramática A: Impersonal expressions.
Gramática B: Adverbs.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What is considered junk food?
Comunicación presentacional: Ideas and recommendations for a new restaurant.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Your favorite restaurant.
Perspectivas: Typical dishes.
Exploración: Restaurants in Nicaragua.
Videopodcast: A typical lunch.
MÁS.
Lectura: La agricultura.
Lectura auténtica: Las artes culinarias.
Composición: A blog entry about healthy dining advice.
Pronunciación: The letters z and c.

CAPÍTULO 7 DE COMPRAS.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Costa Rica and Panama.
Reportaje: Panama’s biological research station.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Clothes, colors, and designs.
Gramática A: Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns.
Gramática B: Verbs like gustar.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What are some cultural norms related to clothing?
Comunicación interpretativa: Fashion museum in Santiago, Chile.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Ordinal numbers; talking about prices; expressions at a store.
Gramática A: Por and para.
Gramática B: Present prefect tense.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What factors are important to you when you shop?
Comunicación interpersonal: Museo de la Moda’s garment collection.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Typical souvenirs; jewelry and accessories; what something is made of.
Gramática A: Review of direct and indirect object pronouns.
Gramática B: Double object pronouns.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: Where and how do you haggle over prices?
Comunicación presentacional: A proposal for a museum’s garment collection.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Your favorite t-shirt.
Perspectivas: Typical souvenirs.
Exploración: Shopping online.
Videopodcast: A Costa Rican Market.
MÁS.
Lectura: La mercadotecnia.
Lectura auténtica: La zoología.
Composición: A post about a shopping experience.
Pronunciación: Vowel combinations.

CAPÍTULO 8 NUESTRAS TRADICIONES.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Colombia and Venezuela.
Reportaje: Venezuela’s ancient rock formations.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Holidays; holiday customs and greetings.
Gramática A: Impersonal and passive se.
Gramática B: Past, present, and future.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What historical event is celebrated with pride?
Comunicación interpretativa: El Día del Amor y la Amistad in Colombia.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Festivals, cultural and sporting events; invitations.
Gramática A: The imperfect.
Gramática B: Uses of the imperfect.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What impact do sporting events have in people’s lives?
Comunicación interpersonal: Valentine’s Day as a child.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Myths and legends; storytelling.
Gramática A: Using the preterite and the imperfect (I).
Gramática B: Using the preterite and the imperfect (II).
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What is a popular legend in your country?
Comunicación presentacional: A contest entry for Valentine’s Day.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Memories of childhood.
Perspectivas: Favorite holidays.
Exploración: Fairs.
Videopodcast: Day of Independence celebration.
MÁS.
Lectura: La historia del arte.
Lectura auténtica: La historia.
Composición: A personal anecdote.
Pronunciación: Linking.

CAPÍTULO 9 LA SALUD Y EL BIENESTAR.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
Reportaje: Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Parts of the body; symptoms and illnesses; talking about your health.
Gramática A: The verb doler.
Gramática B: More reflexive verbs.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What are the illnesses of greatest concern?
Comunicación interpretativa: A Kichwa traditional healer.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Medical exam; medical treatments.
Gramática A: Formal commands.
Gramática B: Time expressions with hacer.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What are some popular beliefs about health and illness?
Comunicación interpersonal: Herbal pharmacy.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Diagnosis; medical advice.
Gramática A: Present subjunctive with expressions of influence.
Gramática B: Stem-changing and irregular verbs in the present subjunctive.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What is well-being?
Comunicación presentacional: A message regarding a course about medicinal plants.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: A poem you wrote.
Perspectivas: Home remedies.
Exploración: Spas.
Videopodcast: Hot springs.
MÁS.
Lectura: La medicina.
Lectura auténtica: La antropología.
Composición: An article about healthy lifestyles.
Pronunciación: The letters b, v, and x.

CAPÍTULO 10.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
Reportaje: Argentina’s gauchos.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Strengths and abilities; professions and responsibilities.
Gramática A: Review of present perfect tense.
Gramática B: Past perfect tense.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What professions are most admired and why are they admired?
Comunicación interpretativa: Argentine inventor Gino Tubaro.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Plans for the future; short-term and long-term goals.
Gramática A: Present subjunctive with expressions of emotion (I).
Gramática B: Present subjunctive with expressions of emotion (II).
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How is success defined in your country?
Comunicación interpersonal: Manotón and prosthetic hands.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Applying for a job; job interview.
Gramática A: Present subjunctive with expressions of doubt and denial.
Gramática B: Present indicative with expressions of certainty and belief.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What should you do to impress the interviewer in a job interview?
Comunicación presentacional: Message to volunteer at Atomic Lab.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: An interesting job.
Perspectivas: Majors and career goals.
Exploración: Job ads.
Videopodcast: Interview with a young professional.
MÁS.
Lectura: El diseño de videojuegos.
Lectura auténtica: La música.
Composición: A job application letter.
Pronunciación: The letters d and q.

CAPÍTULO 11.
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: Chile.
Reportaje: Chile’s pumas.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Geography and climate; cardinal points; tourist activities.
Gramática A: Adjective clauses.
Gramática B: Present subjunctive in adjective clauses.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How does climate and geography affect tourism?
Comunicación interpretativa: Astronomy in Chile.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: At the airport; renting a car.
Gramática A: Future tense of regular verbs.
Gramática B: Future tense of irregular verbs.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How do people travel between cities?
Comunicación interpersonal: Excursions in Chile.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: Asking for and giving walking directions and driving directions.
Gramática A: Familiar commands.
Gramática B: Let’s commands.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What cultural events and public spaces give identity to a city?
Comunicación presentacional: Message about an excursion in Chile.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: A tourist attraction.
Perspectivas: Hometowns.
Exploración: Car rentals.
Videopodcast: A rainforest in Costa Rica.
MÁS.
Lectura: La poesía de Pablo Neruda.
Lectura auténtica: La poesía de Roque Dalton.
Composición: A blog entry about the perfect spring break destination.
Pronunciación: Syllable division and stress.

CAPÍTULO 12 ¡ADELANTE!
NUESTRO MUNDO.
Mi país: United States.
Reportaje: Miami’s genographic project.
PASO 1.
Vocabulario: Study abroad programs; advice about studying abroad; common feelings.
Gramática A: The subjunctive in adverbial clauses.
Gramática B: Review of uses of the present subjunctive.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: Should all students study abroad?
Comunicación interpretativa: A Spaniard’s experience in New Zealand.
PASO 2.
Vocabulario: Volunteering; places to volunteer.
Gramática A: The past subjunctive.
Gramática B: Uses of the past subjunctive.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: How can we use Spanish to serve our community?
Comunicación interpersonal: Volunteer work abroad.
PASO 3.
Vocabulario: The news; natural disasters; politics.
Gramática A: The conditional.
Gramática B: If clauses.
EN ACCIÓN.
Preguntas esenciales: What type of news is of most interest to students and how do they stay informed?
Comunicación presentacional: Blog post about volunteering after a natural disaster.
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD.
Nosotros: Past volunteer experience.
Perspectivas: Studying abroad.
Exploración: Current events.
Videopodcast: Centro humanitario in Denver, Colorado.
MÁS.
Lectura: La literatura de Francisco Jiménez.
Lectura auténtica: La literatura de Julia Álvarez.
Composición: An article for your school newspaper.
Pronunciación: Review.

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