Puentes is designed specifically for high-beginner students who have had some exposure to Spanish but who have not yet developed the skills to use the language actively. It is a communicative textbook designed to help students use the language in line with the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.
The following is a guide for preparing for successful study in this course, but each student is encouraged to develop a preparation method that suits his or her learning style and needs.
The program consists of a textbook and an on-line program, both of which should be consulted regularly. For the on-line portion of the program, the student is directed to http://iLrn.heinle.com where s/he can quickly set up an account using the book key available for purchase in the bookstore or on-line.
In the textbook, each chapter follows a similar format, and the following features should be noted:
Objectivos outlines chapter objectives, including communicative goals and culture and grammar points to be addressed.
A primera vista includes excerpts from brief interviews with Spanish speakers related to the topic being focused on in a given chapter, contextualizing the chapter theme through real world language use.
Each Paso then includes the following sections:
Un paso más activities serve to wrap up the chapter of study and include:
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