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Destinos: Alternate Edition (Student Edition) Hardcover – December 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0070672574 ISBN-10: 0070672571 Edition: 2nd
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About the Author

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.

Martha Alford Marks received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Co-author of ¿Qué tal? and Destinos, a Spanish video course, she also served on the Advisory Board to Boston PBS station WGBH during the development of the Destinos program, which was funded by the Annenberg Foundation. She is widely known as an ACTFL-certified oral proficiency tester and trainer in Spanish and ESL.L.

Richard V. Teschner received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Spanish Linguistics. He has taught at UW-Parkside, the University of Iowa, and (since 1976) the University of Texas at El Paso, where in 1988 he became a full professor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. His publications include four edited anthologies, two book-length bibliographies, a placement exam, and a dictionary of Mexican-American Spanish, along with several editions of seven textbooks such as Español escrito: Curso para hispanohablantes bilingües; Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish; and Analyzing the Grammar of English: A Brief Undergraduate Textbook. He has published four dozen articles in professional journals along with an equal number of papers and keynote addresses. In 1988 he served as president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and also of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 2 edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070672571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070672574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Moreno on January 27, 2000
After having taught the Destinos series for the past several years, I can honestly say that it is one of the best, if not the best, programs available to learn Spanish. However, it does require absolute time commitment on the part of the student. The materials are well integrated and provide an excellent tool for learning language and culture. I definitely recommend it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Last May (1999) I finished my fifth year of Spanish. For two and a half years my class used Destinos. After the AP exam, of the 7 Students who took this years exam, 4 non-native "4's" and one non-native "5". I myself and a much stonger speaker now that I am in college. Destinos promoted speaking from day one and it gave real results. I am exceling in my cuture classes and also with different Spanishes (mex, castilano, argentinian) Destinos gives a well rounded look on the Hispanic Culture. I enjoyed following the charaters through their journeys (video series). I highly recommend this text/video series too all.
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The book arrived in great condition for a very reasonable price. I had been told by the publisher that it was out of circulation so I was relieved to find some extra copies for my students.
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By JXdelaCruz on February 15, 2010
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I think that the Destinos program is great for teaching to comprehend spoken Spanish. The book is a great aide as it contains readings and exercises and vocabulary sections.
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This is a very good way to learn Spanish. I am fluent and my husband wanted to learn and it is really helping him. He likes the story too!
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