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Sabias Que!: Beginning Spanish [Hardcover]

Bill VanPatten
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July 1998 0073973211 978-0073973210 2
This highly innovative beginning Spanish text is both task-based as well as content-based. A task-based approach requires students to use Spanish to complete specific goals or tasks. ¿Sabías que . . . ? is content-based in that it includes readings from a variety of disciplines.
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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.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 2 edition (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073973211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073973210
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,778,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bill VanPatten is an award-winning scholar and teacher, and author of numerous publications in second language acquisition and second language teaching. His Spanish textbooks have been best-sellers at the college level.

Bill is widely known for his research on input processing and processing instruction, a focus on form that has received attention around the world. His work now forms entries in the Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition as well as the Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition, and two of his articles are among the top ten articles in the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition cited by scholars.

Instructors of language know him not only for his innovative teaching materials in Spanish (and some soon to be released on French), but also for the widely used Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen, co-authored with James F. Lee.

And if you're interested in his fiction, check out Chicago Tales, a collection of short stories.

Bill is Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies at Michigan State University, where he also the Director of Romance Language Instruction.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars From a Spanish Professor: Not Enough Exercises August 13, 2009
I've used other texts by Van Patten and haven't liked them for the same reasons: not enough exercises, but more importantly, I have a philosophical difference with him over pedagogy. His books seem to be driven by the belief that post adolescent learners of foreign languages most need input, input, input -- downplaying grammar --- and they will eventually give you correct output. Thirty years of experience, not research, tells me that this just is not so. I know he's a "second language acquisition expert" and a well liked and respected professor, but I'd like to point out that people had been mastering languages for eons before such experts came along and challenged the time honored and time proven fact that post adolescents really need to buckle down and study grammar. I know, I know: he does include grammar, but the cultural and touchy-feely aspects of his books eclipse the essentials and they just don't have enough exercises. Interestingly, I saw some recent research of his that supports the value of metacognition, so perhaps we may see a shift in his pedagogy. I don't know.

What I do know is that there is nothing really new in any pedagogical methods for teaching foreign language. Our toys have changed and obscured that reality, but it's still a fact that everything that can be done to teach a foreign language, has been done. What often happens is that some methods, even good ones, can get lost for a few generations and then rediscovered. That's why I collect old textbooks, some as old as the 18th century and I continue to study other languages (Latin and Farsi) because I like to experience the methodologies employed in learning them to see what might transfer to teaching Spanish. I've made some interesting discoveries -- or rather, rediscoveries.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The first edition of SQ blasted onto the market nearly 10 years ago and broke ALL the rules. It's a gutsy, interesting book that does what most other first year Spanish textbooks fail to do - gets you students using and understanding Spanish from the beginning of the school year! It is not easy to teach from Sabias que - you're going to have to work as hard as your students are, but the rewards will be amazing! This is not a teach-yourself Spanish text. It is meant for classroom use.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabias Que: Beginning Spanish Third Edition June 23, 2000
This text is very informative. There are some pieces of cultural information about the Spanish-speaking world that give good insight into that culture. The one aspect of the book that I thought was not very useful, was the numerous group or team activities, because there are more activities than can be accomplished. (If the class time consists of three 50-minute sessions per week, and there are roughly 15 weeks per semester, the student doesn't benefit from these since most cannot be accomplished effectively due to time constraints.) If a few, rather than many, had been selected for the text, then not only could these be completed during class, but there would be more room in the text for other cultural passages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish February 28, 2014
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There is a saying, if you don't use it you will loose it. I am refreshing my memory of this beautiful language. I may need this in the very near future.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Book June 8, 2004
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If you really want to learn Spanish this is not the book for you. This book is boring and unhelpful. I found my students to be frustrated and annoyed with this book. They did not feel it was a good resource. I found it annoying myself and it does not provide good activities for a college or high school level. In my opinion, the activies are a bit hokey.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly boring. Horribly overpriced for what you get. January 12, 2005
I am a freshman at the University of Illinois, and will complete my foreign language requirnment for 2 semesters using this textbook. The book is not insightful, and I felt so frustrated attempting to learn the vocab, that I would often turn to online translations for answers simply becuase the book falls short in providing enough of a background for students to engadge in the language on their own. Additionally, the given material is dry and has little practicality for anyone legitimately seeking to use Spanish on vacations or for a hobby. The exercises are tedious, and I can honestly say I didn't learn a thing thanks to the lack of substance in this textbook.
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