- Hardcover: 478 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill College; 2nd edition (December 31, 2001)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0072497084
- ISBN-13: 978-0072497083
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Destinos: Second Edition of the Alternate Edition (Spanish) 2nd Edition
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- Textbook, original edition 1992
This is the one best suited for independent study. Introductory text, explanations of grammar and vocabulary points raised by the video episodes, and several exercises, many of which require the audiocassettes
- Textbook, Second Edition of the Alternative Edition (the item you're looking at here)
A confusing title, but yes, there are two flavors of the textbook. This one is geared toward classroom use and includes several group exercises. On the other hand, it's more recent than the original textbook. Per McGraw Hill "while the original print materials were intended to serve both the distant learner as well as the classroom student, the new Destinos: Alternate Edition is designed specifically to suit the classroom. A more colorful design, paired and grouped activities, more personalized activities, and helpful workbook grammar charts are just some of the features to be found in Destinos: Alternate Edition. In addition, new supplements for the program include an Annotated Instructor's Edition, a Testing Program, and an exciting new CD-ROM. The original Destinos will remain available for use with distant learners." There's also a bundling of this textbook with seven audio CDs
- Workbook/Study Guide (1997 edition)
Two volumes. Whereas the exercises in the textbook closely track the story line in the video episodes, those in the workbooks tend to go toward more general purpose Spanish. Several exercises require the audiocassettes. This is the edition I'm using since it's paired with the original 1992 edition of the textbook. There's also the 1992 workbook edition, that's presumably obsolete
- Workbook/Study Guide (Second Edition, 2002)
Also two volumes, and intended "to accompany the Second Edition of the Alternative Edition". I haven't seen this edition
- Student Viewer's Handbook (Third Edition, 2002)
Two volumes. This is a condensation of material from the Alternative Edition textbook and the workbooks, and is intended for classroom use (including group exercises). You don't need this for independent study, if you have the textbook and workbooks instead. Several of the exercises require the audiocassettes
- Audiocassettes also available as CDs or as CDs bundled with the Second Edition of the Alternative Edition textbook
Use with the workbooks, either edition of the textbook, or with the Student Viewer's Handbook (if you use that). As noted by other reviewers, the audiocassettes are not verbal drills of the kind suitable for use while driving, exercising, etc., but instead require that you be sitting and working with the textbook or workbooks. The one big lack of Destinos, in fact, is the kind of repetitive drilling that you need to gain verbal fluency. You'll need to look elsewhere for this, as I note below
Unless you have money to burn, just view the episodes in poor but adequate resolution in streaming video from Annenburg's Web site. The videos there include CC (closed captioning) of both the English and Spanish text, which I'll often turn on for a second or third viewing
- Video script
Expensive and intended for instructors. I haven't seen it, but it sounds useful if you can get it cheaply. Otherwise you can turn on closed captioning when watching the video episodes from the Annenberg Web site
I haven't seen this, sorry
- Annenberg Web exercises
Available on the Annenberg Web site accompanying the episodes, these resemble the exercises in the textbook and workbooks, but don't require the audiocassettes. Might these be drawn from the CD-ROM material?
- McGraw Hill Web exercises
For this, you'll need to search the McGraw Hill Web site's Online Learning Center for "Destinos Student Edition". There are simple quizzes on vocabulary and grammar, mostly of the multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank variety. These seem to be based on the "alternative edition" textbook and are intended for teacher-led use as there's an email submission form. I've found these exercises to be of limited use, mainly because the answer key is extremely literal (leave out the period at the end of a sentence, for example, and you'll be marked wrong). Still, they're free
I've just started in with the early episodes, and so far I've been enjoying the series and finding it rather fun. As for the video production values, they're so-so by early 1990s standards. The graphics are basic, the videography is standard-issue, and the imagery is often repetitive. And you'll need to be flexible enough to overlook the clichéd plot conceit (the "abandoned" first wife and phantom son), and the frequently absurd behavior of the characters. The latina attorney from Los Angeles, who is the central figure in terms of delivering real content, appears to be unfamiliar with techniques like phone calls, registered letters and faxes (I'll give her credit for not relying on email 20 years ago). Fortunately, her client is conveniently wealthy, so she has the time and money to go flying all over the Spanish-speaking world, travelling from neighborhood to neighborhood to track down people. All very pedagogically useful. You gotta suspend your disbelief like you would at the opera.
I use the Annenberg Web site and its Flash viewer episodes. I've found it helpful to view the video episodes twice. After one viewing I go through the exercises and textbook/workbook/audio material. Then I watch the episode a second time with the closed-captioning turned on (despite the control text "English" actually captions both the English and Spanish dialog and voice-overs) to help with the conversational Spanish that I missed the first time through.
I wish that the supporting materials spent more time on actual Spanish practice and less time reinforcing the complicated plot twists and relationship between the bewildering array of side characters. As others have noted, the audiocassettes don't really drill you in speaking real Spanish, but go toward "classroom" learning and aural comprehension. If you're studying independently you will probably need to complement Destinos with intensive verbal drills like you'd get with Pimsleur, Platiquemos or Learning Spanish Like Crazy. This will also give you something to do in your car, while exercising, doing the dishes, etc., since the Destinos materials all require your visual attention.
Is Destinos for you? It's probably best used after you have some working knowledge of the language, maybe a year's work of instruction or independent study and practice. It's still the most popular of the video-based Spanish instructional series. And whatever my quibbles about the supporting materials, they're still extensive and available. I've been looking forward to each episode, and will update the review as my impressions change. But I think Destinos will help me with MY biggest challenge in language learning, which is aural comprehension.