Exploraciones curso intermedio,
2nd Edition

Mary Ann Blitt, Margarita Casas, Mary Copple

ISBN-13: 9781337612487 | ISBN-10: 1337612480

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 480 pages

List Price USD $169.95


EXPLORACIONES CURSO INTERMEDIO is an engaging program that will help you build proficiency in all the language skill and communicate in many contexts. This program also includes a full suite of learning aids to help you achieve at the intermediate level, including a mobile app with online flash cards, eReader, pronunciation quizzes, and more.

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Meet the Authors

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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 Asunción, 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.

  • The A analizar section now features video with interview responses by native speakers of Spanish. The videos introduce students to new structures within a context and have an integrated online component. Students can view the video outside of class and complete a comprehension activity before being guided through the discovery learning process in order to recognize the patterns of use of a particular structure. Students then come to class prepared for a quick review of the structure and to move onto practice.
  • The Conexiones, Comparaciones, Cultura, A escuchar, Video, Cortometraje and Literatura sections have integrated online components. They have been structured to allow instructors to use the pre-reading/pre-listening/pre-viewing activities from the text in class and then have the students complete another series of pre-reading/pre-listening/pre-viewing activities online outside of class in addition to comprehension activities and some thoughtful post-reading/post-listening/post-viewing activities to prepare them for meaningful in-class discussion.
  • Exploraciones curso intermedio uses a step-by-step discovery learning approach to introduce grammar. The A perfeccionar activities help support students in their mastery of the most important grammar points. They can be used as in-class quizzing, worksheets, or supplemental homework for students. They are discrete answer and highly contextualized activities.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Emphasis on proficiency: Activities are designed to assist students in synthesizing what they have learned and to expand their understanding.
  • National Standards: Woven throughout the program, each chapter’s Cultural section promotes critical thinking while integrating the five Cs of language learning: Culture, Community, Comparisons, Connections, and Communication.
  • Authentic Video Program (two per chapter): 1) "Video cultural" features all-new journalistic footage from around the Spanish-speaking world. 2) "Cortometrajes" (authentic short films) provides a strong engagement piece to enhance a student's learning through rich visual and cultural input.

Table of Contents

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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

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

A perfeccionar: Preterite and imperfect
Estructuras: Pronominal verbs (reflexive se and process se); Reciprocal verbs

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la economía: Los tiempos cambian; Comparaciones: De generación a generación; Cultura: Cambios en la sociedad y en las familias mexicanas; Comunidad

Un diario (Write a journal entry based on a day in your life)

A escuchar: Los ancianos y su papel en la familia

Video and Literature
Cortometraje (short film): Un día de estos (6 min.)
Cápsula cultural: Uruguay regala tablets a sus jubilados
Literatura: La foto, por Enrique Anderson Imbert

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

A perfeccionar: Commands; Estructuras: Subjunctive with impersonal expression; Subjunctive with verbs of desire and influence

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la antropología: Los valores culturales; Comparaciones: Los apellidos:tradición y cultura; Cultura: Artesanías del mundo hispanohablante; Comunidad

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: Celebración de la fantasía, por Eduardo Galeano

A escuchar: ¿Cómo son las fiestas?

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;

A perfeccionar: Ser, estar and haber; Estructuras: Subjunctive with verbs of doubt. Subjunctive with expressions of emotion

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la gastronomía: El pan dulce: ¿una tradición en peligro?; Comparaciones: Comparaciones: La hora del café; Cultura: La comida y los valores culturales; Comunidad

Descripción (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 revolución gastronómica
Literatura: Sobrecitos de azúcar, por Hjalmar Flax

A escuchar: ¿Cómo es la dieta en España?

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

A perfeccionar: Preterite vs. imperfect; Estructuras: Imperfect subjunctive; Subjunctive with adjectives

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la historia: César Chávez y Dolores Huerta; Comparaciones: La Malinche; Cultura: La cultura de los antihéroes: Comunidad

La biografía (Write a biographical sketch of a person you admire.)

Video (Short film) and Literature
Cortometraje: Lo importante (11 min)
Cápsula cultural:¿Dónde está Colón?
Literatura: La honda de David, por Augusto Monterroso

A escuchar: ¿Fue heroína o villana la Malinche?

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

A perfeccionar: Present perfect; Estructuras: Present perfect subjunctive; Subjunctive with adverbial clauses

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la sociología: Los migrantes y las nuevas generaciones; Comparaciones: Las redes sociales en Hispanoamérica; Cultura: Las redes sociales y su impacto social en situaciones de emergencia; Comunidad

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 Pueyrredón

A escuchar: La inmigración en Argentina

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

A perfeccionar: Past perfect; Estructuras: Past perfect subjunctive; Reported speech

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la economía: El fútbol y la industria del entretenimiento; Comparaciones: El entretenimiento y las nuevas generaciones; Cultura: El nuevo cine latinoemericano; Comunidad

La reseña (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 música pop
Literatura: El delantal blanco, por Sergio Vodanovic

A escuchar: La censura española y el cine americano

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

A perfeccionar: Future tense; Estructuras: Conditional tense; Future perfect and conditional perfect

Culture (5Cs)
Conexiones… a la economía: Los retos de las nuevas generaciones; Comparaciones: En busca del trabajo perfecto; Cultura: El dinero como representación cultural; Comunidad

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 quinceañeras
Literatura: La Pobreza, por Pablo Neruda

A escuchar: ¿Cómo serán los trabajos del futuro?

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

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 organización de las ciudades; Cultura: El graffiti: arte y voces urbanas; Comunidad

Comparación 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 García Márquez

A escuchar: La industrialización de las zonas rurales en España

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

A perfeccionar: Uses of se (passive, impersonal and accidental); Estructuras: Passive voice; Resultant state vs. passive voice

Culture (5Cs).
Conexiones… a la música: ¿Música latina o música latinoamericana?; Comparaciones: Música y poesía; Cultura: Música para el cambio; Comunidad

Un poema (Write a haiku poem in Spanish)

Video (Short film) and Literature
Cortometraje: Músicos subterráneos (10 min)
Cápsula cultural: La ópera aborda el metro en Argentina
Literatura: El violinista, por Felipe Fernández

A escuchar: La función de la música

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

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 preservación del idioma; Cultura: La lectura entre los hispanohablantes. Comunidad.

Una narración (Write a story with an introduction, a climax, and a conclusion).

Video (Short film) and Literature.
Cortometraje: Ladrón 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.

A escuchar: La función de la literatura.

Appendix A: Almanaque.
Appendix B: Acentuación.
Appendix C: Verb Charts.
Appendix D: Additional structures.
Appendix E: Grammar Guide.
Appendix F: Functional Glossary.
Spanish-English Vocabulary.
English-Spanish Vocabulary.

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