1. Hola, ?que tal? OBJECTIVES: Greet and say goodbye to people in formal and informal situations. Describe your classroom, your friends, and other people. Use numbers up to 100 and exchange telephone numbers. Spell names. VOCABULARY: The alphabet. Numbers 0-100. Classroom vocabulary. Greetings. Descriptive adjectives. GRAMMAR: Gender and number of nouns. Definite and indefinite articles and the use of hay. The verb ser. Adjective agreement. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: La escuela es para todos. Lectura: Algunos famosos de Latinoamerica. Video: (new) La narracion de voz en off (locucion bilingue). CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: Latinos e hispanos en el mundo. Conexiones culturales: La diversidad del mundo hispano. 2. ?Como es tu vida? OBJECTIVES: Describe your family and talk about ages. Discuss your classes. Discuss your routine (using -ar verbs). Express ownership. VOCABULARY: Family members and common pets. Academic subjects. GRAMMAR: Possessive adjectives. Regular -ar verbs. The verb tener and expressions with tener. Adjective placement. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: La familia tipica latinoamericana. Lectura: Otros sistemas universitarios. Video: La administracion (Asistente de oficina, moved from C1). CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: El papel y de la familia y su valor. Conexiones culturales: La educacion. 3. ?Que tiempo hace hoy? OBJECTIVES: Talk about the weather and seasons. Discuss clothing. Express likes and dislikes. Communicate dates and times. Tell what you and others are going to do in the near future. VOCABULARY: Seasons, weather, clothing and colors. Days of the week, months and time. GRAMMAR: The verb gustar. Regular -er and -ir verbs. The verb ir. Ir + a + infinitive. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: La ropa tradicional. Lectura: La Navidad en algunos paises hispanos. Video: El turismo. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: El clima y la ropa. Conexiones culturales: Las celebraciones. 4. ?Donde vives? OBJECTIVES: Describe your town or city. Describe your home. Tell where things are located. Request information about the cost of things. Use question words to ask for specific information. VOCABULARY: Places in a city. Rooms of a house, furniture and appliances. GRAMMAR: Stem-changing verbs 1. (o->ue). The verb estar with prepositions. Question formation. Stem changing verbs 2. e->i , i->ie). READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: Algunas ciudades unicas de Latinoamerica. Lectura: Soluciones a la vivienda. Video: La arquitectura. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: Ciudades fuera de lo comun. Conexiones culturales: Casas unicas. 5. ?Estas feliz en el trabajo? OBJECTIVES: Describe your feelings, emotions, and physical states. Talk about ongoing actions. Discuss abilities needed for certain jobs and professions. VOCABULARY: Adjectives of emotion and physical states. Professions. GRAMMAR: Estar with adjectives and the present progressive. Ser and estar. Verbs with changes in the first person. Saber and conocer. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: ?Quienes son mas felices? Lectura: Profesiones poco comunes. Video: El trabajo social. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: Las emociones y el bienestar. Conexiones culturales: Las profesiones y la economia. 6. ?Como pasas el dia? OBJECTIVES: Talk about your daily routine. Discuss your hobbies and pastimes. Talk about when and how often you do things. Talk about sports. Discuss events that occurred in the past. VOCABULARY: Parts of the body. Sports and outdoor activities. GRAMMAR: Reflexive verbs. Sequence of events and frecuency. The preterite. Stem-changing verbs in the preterite. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: La siesta. Lectura: Deportistas famosos. Video: La educacion fisica. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: La vida diaria. Conexiones culturales: Los deportes en Espana y Latinoamerica. 7. ?Que te gusta comer? OBJECTIVES: Talk about food. Order meals at a restaurant. Use numbers above 100. VOCABULARY: Fruit, vegetables and condiments. Meals and utensils. Numbers above 100. GRAMMAR: Irregular verbs in the preterite. Por and para and prepositional pronouns. Direct object pronouns 1 (third person). Direct object pronouns 2 (first and second person). READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: Los alimentos del Nuevo Mundo. La comida rapida en Latinoamerica. Video: La cocina. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: La comida y la identidad cultural. Conexiones culturales: El negocio de la comida. 8. ?Que haces dentro y fuera de la casa? OBJECTIVES: Describe household chores. Talk about your hobbies - and pastimes. Talk about what you used to do in the past. VOCABULARY: Household chores. Hobbies and pastimes. GRAMMAR: The imperfect. Indefinite and negative expressions. Indirect object pronouns (and verbs like gustar). Double object pronouns. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: La ciudad es nuestra casa. Lectura: Todos necesitamos un pasatiempo. Video: (new) Publicidad y Marketing. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: Los deberes de la casa. Conexiones culturales: El entretenimiento. 9. ?Que paso? OBJECTIVES: Describe past events in detail. Talk about holidays and celebrations. Give the details of an accident. VOCABULARY: Parties and celebrations. Navigating the city. GRAMMAR: A comparison of the preterite and imperfect. Uses of the preterite and the imperfect. Preterite and imperfect with emotions and conditions. Summary of preterite and imperfect. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: El Dia de los Muertos. Lectura: Leyendas urbanas. Video: El orden publico. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: Festivales y celebraciones. Conexiones culturales: El trafico y los accidentes. 10. ?Adonde vas a viajar? OBJECTIVES: Give and receive directions. Make travel arrangements. Reserve and talk about hotel accommodations. Suggest activities. Make informal and formal requests. VOCABULARY: Taking a trip. Staying in a hotel. GRAMMAR: Relative pronouns. Formal and nosotros commands. Informal commands. Commands with pronouns. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: ?Adonde ir de vacaciones? Lectura: ?Donde quedarse: hoteles, moteles, pensiones o albergues? Video: La seguridad de aeropuertos. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: La industria del turismo. Conexiones culturales: Lugares excepcionales. 11. ?Es la moda arte? OBJECTIVES: Express preferences and make comparisons. Describe the state of objects and people. VOCABULARY: Shopping for clothing. Art. GRAMMAR: Passive se/impersonal se. Comparisons. Estar with the past participle. Se to indicate accidental occurrences. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: Las Tapadas en Peru. Lectura: Remedios Varo. Video: Las ventas. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: La moda. Conexiones culturales: Las artes tradicionales. 12. ?Que sera de nuestro planeta? OBJECTIVES: Talk about what you have done. Talk about the future. Discuss the environment. Express your opinions and knowledge about the animal world and the environment. Express doubt and certainty. VOCABULARY: Geography and environment. Animals. GRAMMAR: Present perfect. Future. Present subjunctive with impersonal expressions. Present subjunctive with doubt. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: Los parques nacionales en Costa Rica. Lectura: Animales fantasticos. Video: La ingenieria ambiental. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: La geografia. Conexiones culturales: La ecologia. 13. ?Es tu vida una telenovela? OBJECTIVES: Talk about relationships. Talk about pop culture. Express desires and give recommendations. Discuss emotional reactions to events. VOCABULARY: Personal relations. Popular culture. GRAMMAR: Reciprocal verbs. Present subjunctive with expressions of desire. Present subjunctive with expressions of emotion. Present subjunctive with adjective clauses. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: Tradiciones nupciales. Lectura: Las telenovelas. Video: Productor. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: El cortejo. Conexiones culturales: De pelicula. 14. ?Que haces en una emergencia? OBJECTIVES: Discuss health issues with a doctor. Discuss hypothetical situations. Express opinions regarding world issues. Relate what had happened prior to other events in the past. VOCABULARY: Health and medical emergencies. Countries and nationalities. GRAMMAR: Conditional. Imperfect subjunctive. Subjunctive with adverbs of time. Subjunctive with adverbs of condition. Pluperfect. READING AND VIDEO: Lectura: El valor de la salud. Lectura: Latinoamerica y la inmigracion. Video: La medicina. CULTURE: Conexiones culturales: El valor de la salud. Conexiones culturales: Los paises hispanos frente al futuro. Appendices. Maps and country profiles. Vocabulary. Dictionary. Verb conjugations.
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 an instructor of Spanish at Linn-Benton Community College, where she served as Foreign Language Department chair for 11 years. 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 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 at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods in Kansas City, and coordinating the Study Abroad Program there for several years, she joined the faculty at College of Charleston in 2014. Mary Ann is actively involved in professional development workshops; she travels whenever possible; and she has studied in Spain, Mexico, France, and Canada. She also has trained teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Asuncion, Paraguay.
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