From the Back Cover
Lazos: Gramática y vocabulario a través de la literatura is a reader intended for a high intermediate/advanced college-level audience. The word lazos –which means links, ties, bonds, or connections– in the title refers to the common themes that tie together the fifteen literature selections, as well as the recurring grammatical links that unite the book.
Lazos reinvents the traditional idea of a reader by explicitly focusing on language development. In addition to linguistic (lexical and structural) analysis, the exercises in the Enfoques léxicos and Lazos gramaticales sections will allow students to develop advanced-level speaking and writing skills as they address themes that spring from the stories. Students are frequently encouraged to draw on their own experiences and to apply them to the situations encountered by the characters, allowing them to better understand the multiple Hispanic cultures represented.
Lazos provides learners with the tools, guidance, and practice to become better readers, writers, listeners, and speakers of Spanish.
About the Author
Diana Frantzen, PhD Indiana University, is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is the Director of the Spanish Language Program. In addition, she is a Co-Director of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition. She specializes in foreign language (FL) pedagogy, applied Spanish linguistics, and second language acquisition (SLA). She teaches courses in FL teaching methodology, applied Spanish linguistics, Spanish phonetics/phonology, and SLA. She has published articles on issues in FL lexical and grammatical acquisition, error correction, culture, and FL anxiety. She is the author of Lazos: Gramática y vocabulario a través de la literatura (Prentice Hall, 2009), an intermediate/advanced college Spanish textbook which combines a selection of 15 Hispanic short stories with an intensive review of selected Spanish grammar and lexical topics.