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Conexiones: Comunicacion Y Cultura (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) 2nd Edition

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This book features high interest topics, an effective and uniquely sequenced review of selected grammar points, and a thorough integration of language and culture. Each chapter synthesizes the development of language skills and cultural awareness through the active use of art, music, and literature from the Spanish speaking world. Active, personalized and real communication about real issues and experience is at the heart of Conexiones. Through its unique grammar sequencing, Conexiones promotes natural language use: Lección 1 reviews the preterit and imperfect, enabling the users to move naturally between present and past from the beginning of the course. Lección 2 reviews the present subjunctive; readers are exposed to and use the subjunctive alongside the indicative throughout the program. For those at the intermediate stage of learning/teaching the Spanish language. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We trust that you will enjoy the Second Edition of Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura. The first edition of Conexiones (1999) quickly became a popular intermediate Spanish program in colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. As authors, we are delighted with the favorable reviews, e-mails, and comments received from colleagues and students. In the preparation of the Second Edition, we have made good use of this valuable feedback. Many suggestions have been incorporated into this new edition and we are delighted to share them with you.

Conexiones, Second Edition, continues to be an exciting Intermediate Spanish course that features high-interest topics, an effective and uniquely sequenced review of selected grammatical points, and a thorough integration of language and culture. Chapter topics reflect issues of interest and concern to today's college and university students, providing students with many opportunities to make connections with topics they're discussing in other courses. Each chapter of the student text synthesizes the development of language skills and cultural awareness through the active use of art, music, and literature from the Spanish-speaking world. Activities are designed to foster involvement, participation, and exchange in discussion and compositions. Active, personalized, and real communication about actual issues and experiences is at the heart of Conexiones.

Sequence and Organization of Structure Review

The sequence and organization of the review and presentation of Spanish grammatical structures in Conexiones is motivated by concerns expressed by instructors from around the country. The concern we share is that the grammar sequence in most Intermediate Spanish programs places verbal moods and tenses presented in the second half of introductory courses also in the second half of intermediate texts. This repetition of a first-year sequence results in students progressing to advanced levels without a thorough understanding of the indicative and subjunctive moods and without a concrete grounding in the forms and usage of certain tenses. Even worse, students who do not study beyond the intermediate level leave their typical four-semester study of Spanish with little more than first-year competence.

Conexiones offers an alternative. It begins with a preliminary Lección that reacquaints students with the Spanish they have already learned and prepares them for the transition to a higher level. Students discuss their interests and goals, and how Spanish will fit into their future. Then, Lección 1 reviews the preterit and imperfect tenses, equipping students to shift back and forth naturally between the present and the past as they speak, read, and write throughout the course. The review of the present subjunctive begins in Lección 2; students are exposed to and use the subjunctive mood alongside the indicative all through the program, refining their understanding of both the concept and usage of mood—essential to Spanish and other languages—throughout the intermediate level of study. This approach results in a classroom language environment that reflects the way in which Spanish is spoken by millions of people around the world and in which students are increasingly likely to experience it at home in the United States and Canada.

Highlights of the Second Edition

Scope and sequence. With the idea of achieving a more functional and even distribution, the following additions and changes have been made:

Lección preliminar. A new warm-up chapter helps prepare students for intermediate-level Spanish. This chapter serves as a bridge between the elementary and the intermediate levels in terms of theme (¡Hagamos conexiones!), vocabulary, and grammar.

Lección 1. As suggested by our users, we have chosen a chapter theme of storytelling, a topic that will appeal to everyone and can be easily discussed.

¡Así es la vida! Several of the chapter-opening language samples have been updated to make them more relevant to today's students.

¡Así lo decimos! Vocabulary lists have been revised and shortened.

Aplicación. We have revised, changed, and updated activities, and sequenced them to ensure that students will have an opportunity to practice forms before using them creatively. For example, the new activity, En familia, gives students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary and use it creatively.

A escuchar. Each lección now has two A escuchar listening activities to increase balance among the four skills; the A escuchar activities appear at the end of each chapter part.

Ritmos. We have included six new songs, which are thematically and grammatically related to the chapter.

Páginas. Three new literary selections have been added, and others have been edited to make them more accessible to intermediate students.

Imágenes. Two new and exciting paintings have been added.

¡A explorar! Web activities have been added to each chapter to encourage Students to further explore the topics presented in each lesson. Each lesson has five A explorar activities. Weblinks to support the ¡A explorar! activities are provided on the Conexiones Website (

Conexiones Website. The Website has been updated to include new activities and weblinks. Students may practice the vocabulary and grammar of each chapter through activities that provide instant grading. Guided Web activities offer opportunities to further explore the chapter topic and the cultural materials presented in Ritmos, Imágenes, and Páginas.

Video program. The video program has been updated to include more engaging and authentic clips from Spain and Latin America. Each videoclip addresses the theme presented in each chapter, providing authentic listening practice and a basis for class discussion. Activities based on the videoclips, along with the video transcript are included in the Video Manual.

Chapter Organization and Pedagogy

Written entirely in Spanish with the exception of grammar review explanations, the Second Edition of Conexiones consists of a Lección preliminar, followed by twelve lecciones. Each of the twelve lecciones is divided into three parts: Primera parte, Segunda parte, and ¡Así lo expresamos! Each parte maintains the following consistent structure:

¡Así es la vida! A variety of language models (newspaper and magazine articles, interviews, dialogues, letters, illustrations, advertisements, and other types of realia) set the stage for the assimilation of communicative functions, previewing vocabulary presented and grammatical structures reviewed in the lección, and providing relevant, interesting content and cultural information. Very rich in content, ¡Así es la vida! is not merely a language sample; it is a forum where students discover new things about the world around them from a Hispanic perspective.

¡Así lo decimos! A thematically organized presentation of words and expressions follows the chapter-opening language sample. First, Vocabulario primordial provides a list of review vocabulary related to the chapter theme. These cognates and words with which students should be familiar at the second-year level are presented without English translation. Vocabulario clave then presents new words and expressions relevant to the chapter's theme, drawing heavily on ¡Así es la vida! New items are organized by part of speech and presented with their English equivalents. Finally, Ampliación provides an opportunity to learn patterns of noun, verb, and adjective formation using familiar words and new items presented immediately before. Following many of the ¡Así lo decimos! vocabulary lists, a section called ¡Cuidado! presents tricky cognates, discusses differences in usage between Spanish and English, and alerts students to false cognates and groups of words such as salvar, guardar, and ahorrar that all have a single equivalent word in English. Aplicación activities that follow the vocabulary presentation provide a global orientation to the chapter topic and give students the opportunity to use the new vocabulary in meaningful and communicative contexts. These activities have been carefully designed so that they range from guided to communicative.

Estructuras. Grammar explanations are clear and concise with examples closely related to the chapter topic, reviewing and expanding upon explanations found in introductory texts. Important points are illustrated with art and realia, and abundant practice opportunities range from contextualized and meaningful form practice to a variety of personalized and communicative exercises and activities. A special section in the accompanying Workbook reviews very basic first-year material, allowing for appropriate coverage of more complex points in the main text. Students can use this special Workbook review section on their own, or instructors can suggest specific exercises for students who may need guided review.

Comparaciones. Each lección in Conexiones highlights and explores aspects of Hispanic culture in terms of customs and traditions, history, and daily life in brief topical discussions. Students compare what they learn about... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (May 2002)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0130978809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130978806
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the author

Eduardo Zayas-Bazán is Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages from East Tennessee State University. He was chairman of ETSU's foreign language department for twenty years. Zayas-Bazán has a M.S. in foreign languages from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas, and a Doctor en Derecho degree from Universidad Nacional José Martí, Havana, Cuba. He has been president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and of the National Association of Cuban-American Educators. He is the coauthor, coeditor and translator of eighteen books, among them the best sellers ¡Arriba!, Conexiones, and Fusión, published by Pearson-Prentice Hall. Zayas-Bazán is the coauthor of The Flying Fish, a historical novel about the sequence of events that led to a chaotic transformation of political allegiances in the western hemisphere and brought the world to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. The Spanish version of the novel, El pez volador, is also available in Amazon.

Zayas-Bazán is married to Lourdes Abascal. He lives in Miami, FL since his retirement in 1999.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marianopolita2005 on August 26, 2002
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I purchased this textbook 2 years ago because it looked interesting and informative and as Spanish language educator, I believe it is important to keep abreast of the lastest educative material on the market. Not only was I pleased with the content and the grammar topics covered in the book but I was particularly impressed with the cultural awareness themes in every chapter, the thorough explanation of the grammar concepts and the opportunity to prepare and discuss controversial themes in Spanish thus allowing to student to develop his/her vocabulary and speaking skills. This edition of Conexiones is a complete course for intermediate to advanced Spanish students and if studied thoroughly, to completion with a competent instructor, the student will have and above average foundation in Spanish which would be beneficial to his/her future studies in the Spanish language. I strongly recommend this textbook to teachers and students pursuing advanced knowledge in Spanish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Schinzing on October 6, 2009
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Conexiones 3rd Edition teaches us modern Spanish commonly used in Spain & Latin America. Definitely, the material is different than what we are use to if you are a native-Spanish speaker born in the United States. This Fall '09 Semester at Santa Monica College, CA will be the final semester in which the 3rd Edition will be used; the 4th Edition is now being used.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corinne on September 5, 2006
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This is an excellent book for intermediate Spanish students. It teaches all Spanish grammar beginning with the most simple and includes the most difficult/advanced topics (subjunctive, etc.). It's written for an intermediate level student with a basic understanding of Spanish who wants to understand it on a deeper level. I highly recommend it!
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