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Pasajes: Literatura Paperback – January 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0077264093 ISBN-10: 0077264096 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 7 edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077264096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077264093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: Spanish, English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mary Lee Bretz is Professor Emerita of Spanish and former Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University. Professor Bretz received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Maryland. She has published numerous books and articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature and on the application of contemporary literary theory to the study and teaching of Hispanic literature.

Trisha Dvorak is Senior Program Manager with Educational Outreach at the University of Washington. She has coordinated elementary language programs in Spanish and taught courses in Spanish language and foreign language methodology. Professor Dvorak received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published books and articles on aspects of foreign language learning and teaching and is co-author of Composición: Proceso y síntesis, a writing text for third year college students.

Carl Kirschner is Professor of Spanish and Dean of Rutgers College. Formerly Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, he has taught courses in linguistics (syntax and semantics), sociolinguistics and bilingualism, and second language acquisition. Professor Kirschner received his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. He has published a book on Spanish semantics and numerous articles on Spanish syntax, semantics, and bilingualism, and edited a volume on Romance linguistics.

Constance Moneer Kihyet is Professor of Spanish at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, where she currently teaches a wide range of courses in Spanish language and Latin American civilization, culture, and literature. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the Florida State University in 1979, specializing in Golden Age literature. Her interests and publications include studies of Golden Age and nineteenth-century Spanish literature, as well as aspects of second language acquisition, teaching methodology, and literary translation. In accordance with her interest in Golden Age literature, she recently completed the translation of the Adventures of Espandian (1587) for the historical text The Chronicles of California's Queen Calafia (2007). She has written test bank materials for the Pasajes: Lengua program and is co-author of the test bank of Puntos de partida, An Invitation to Spanish. Professor Kihyet is also co-author of El mundo hispano, An Introductory Cultural and Literary Reader, Con destino a la comunicación, Avance: Intermediate Spanish, First and Second Editions, as well as Pasajes: Literatura, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Edition.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have used Pasajes: Lengua and Pasajes: Cultura for two years now for Intermediate Spanish and have found it quite difficult to use and to appeal to the interest of the students. Tons of vocabulary words are presented at the beginning of each chapter in Pasajes: Lengua with some weird pictures and no follow-up dialogue to reinforce or recycle the vocabulary. Then quite a few difficult grammatical concepts are presented in each chapter and often mixed together into several confusing exercises which don't allow the student to sort out the usage of one concept before being bombarded with another one. I would use this approach if I purposely wanted to confuse and lose my students. Often the students are at a loss as to how to react to the exercises and instructions. Sometimes out of frustration, I have to simply change the instructions of the exercises or bring in my own exercises to supplement the text. I have noticed a decline in the proficiency of our students after using this text and a definite lack of interest in the material. After over twenty years of teaching, I am no newcomer to teaching languages and only continue to use the text because some faculty who are recent graduates have latched onto it. The bottom line for me is that in order to do a good job using this text, the instructor must basically rewrite the text and bring in a lot of original material to achieve the desired results with students. A class that used to be a lot of fun for me with wonderful interactions with my students, now is often drudgery.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Jenkins on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Before I bought the Pasajes series, I was relieved to see the (then) mostly positive reviews. However, I really feel like the overall review score of 4.5 stars is very, very misleading. I would not, in good faith, be able to recommend this series of books for learning Spanish.

This series of books was VERY confusing and EXTREMELY difficult to work with. Some of the many issues with using this series of books to learn spanish:

1) the concepts are not clearly explained (they invented a "new" english word for one) and the exercises are excessively complicated and do not give you enough practice with the vocabulary/concepts to feel confident using them.

2) Frequently, new words, phrases and concepts are introduced in the middle of a lesson about something else, via a footnote, with no further explaination provided!! This is SUPER frustrating and distracting!

3) Using this series of books is very cumbersome, the books are not well coordinated with one another, and do not appear to reinforce each other's concepts or vocabulary.

I'm very sorry, but these books are just terrible, and 4.5 stars is not at all reflective of the quality of these books... Using this series of books has taken ALL the fun out of learning Spanish, which I used to enjoy. If you have the option to use different books, take it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By runaway on March 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I finished up 2nd year college Spanish with this series and found the format a bit confusing. And using three books for one class is not very convenient. Although the vocabulary and language structures progress together in all three books, their format is not very conducive to learning unless you really enjoy just curling up with a good textbook and reading it over and over again. However, there are a couple of positive features. The lengua book has a section in every chapter called "Ojo!" which helps with commonly confused words and concepts. The Cultura book has a few interesting readings that introduced some history and political issues in Spanish-speaking countries that I didn't know about, but now want to found out more about.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spanish student on September 22, 2003
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I've had my experiences with a wide variety of Spanish language learning materials, and out of the textbooks I've used, the Pasajes series (especially when used as a series, including the Literatura and Cultura components) ranks as the best. Pasajes strikes the perfect balance between a text for rank beginners and advanced students.
It is abundantly clear to me that the authors of this wonderful work are acutely aware of the difficulties the student of Spanish -- especially intermediate Spanish -- is likely to face. As such, the text reads as more of a "conversation" between "teacher" and student, then a stern, authoratative text handing down the received wisdom to your unworthy soul. A real pleasure to work through.
Although one is more likely to encounter this text as part of a college Spanish program, I would highly recommend it to any serious Spanish student intent on reaching a higher level of accomplishment.
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By wolfgirl81 on January 6, 2013
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although not my favorite book I rate it as ok cause I would like to have seen them explain the words a little more so we can understand what some of the passages are saying; However I did learn alot about Spanish culture and I loved it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was confusing - Too much similiar information packed into the same chapter, very confusing for students.....
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By Brittany Ohrt on August 11, 2013
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I think it was a perfectly fine book, but it wasn't the one I needed! Careless me got this book instead of the version I needed for class. Whoops.
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