¿Sabías Que...? Beginning Spanish
By VanPatten, Bill, Lee, James F., and Ballman, Terry L.
¿SABÍAS QUE... ? Beginning Spanish, Second Edition, is an innovative first year Spanish program developed around a content-based approach to language learning. The content-based approach of ¿SABÍAS QUE... ? is unique to first-year Spanish texts; students learn Spanish by talking and reading about such topics as sociology, pop psychology, and modern technology, to name a few. By focusing on topics of interest to them, ¿SABÍAS QUE... ?, Second Edition, gives students something they want to talk about. In this way, ¿SABÍAS QUE... ? gives students both an incentive to learn new vocabulary and structures (so they can express their own ideas and opinions) as well as a context in which to use them. Every student copy of ¿SABÍAS QUE... ?, Second Edition, comes from the warehouse packaged with two audiocassettes designed to improve students' listening comprehension skills. Commentaries by native Spanish speakers on the student tape and interesting cultural material in the text offers students opportunities to compare their own cultures and values with others.

DOI: 10.1036/0079121578

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Author Biography

Bill VanPatten is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chanpaign, where he is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and the Advisor for the undergraduate program in Spanish teacher education. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. His areas of research are input and output processing in second language acquisition, the impact of instruction on second language acquisistion, and the acquisition of Spanish syntax and morphology. He teaches a wide range of courses from beginning Spanish to doctoral seminars on language acquisition. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books and is the co-author of several McGraw-Hill Spanish textbooks. He is also the designer of Destinos, a television course for PBS.

James F. Lee is Professor of Spanish, Director of Language Instruction, and Director of the Programs in Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. His research interests lie in the areas of second language reading comprehension, input processing, and exploring the relationship between the two. His research papers have appeared in a number of scholarly journals and publications. His previous publications include Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen (1995, McGraw-Hill) and several co-edited volumes, including Multiple Perspectives on Form and Meaning, the 1999 volume of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators. Dr. Lee is also the author of Tasks and Communicating in Language Classrooms (2000, McGraw-Hill). He has also co-authored several textbooks including ¿Sabías que¿? Beginning Spanish (2000 McGraw-Hill), ¿Qué te parece? Intermediate Spanish (2000, McGraw-Hill) and Ideas: Lecturas, estrategias, actividades y composiciones (1994, McGraw-Hill). He and Bill VanPatten are series editors for the McGraw-Hill Second Language Professional Series.

¿Sabías Que...? Beginning Spanish
Author(s): VanPatten, Bill, Lee, James F., and Ballman, Terry L.
ISBN: 0079121578
DOI: 10.1036/0079121578

Format: hardcover.
Pub date: 1 Aug 1995
Copyright: 1996
$82.50 US
Product Line: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

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