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Sol y viento: Beginning Spanish 3rd Edition

2.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0077867485
ISBN-10: 0073385298
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About the Author

Gregory D. Keating is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University. Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, he taught courses in communicative language teaching and Spanish teacher education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. His areas of research include Spanish sentence processing, the role instruction plays in language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and the acquisition of Spanish syntax and vocabulary. He is a recipient of several teaching awards, including one from the University of Notre Dame, where he received his M.A. in Spanish Literature. In addition to teaching and research, he has supervised many language courses and teaching assistants and has assisted in the coordination of technology-enhanced lower-division Spanish language programs. He is also a co-author of Sol y viento and Sol y viento: En breve (2008, McGraw-Hill).

Michael J. Leeser is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University, where he is also Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program. Before joining the faculty at Florida State, he taught a wide range of courses at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including courses in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, teacher preparation courses for secondary school teachers, and graduate courses in communicative language teaching and second language acquisition. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. His research interests include input processing during second language reading as well as second language classroom interaction. His research has appeared in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching Research. He also co-authored Sol y viento and Sol y viento: En breve (2008, McGraw-Hill).

Bill VanPatten is Professor and Director of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Studies at Texas Tech University. His areas of research are input and input processing in second language acquisition and the effects of formal instruction on acquisitional processes. He has published widely in the fields of second language acquisition and language teaching and is a frequent conference speaker and presenter. His publications include Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen (with James F. Lee, 2003,McGraw-Hill), From Input to Output: A Teacher’s Guide to Second Language Acquisition (2003, McGraw-Hill), Processing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Practice (2004, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) and most recently, Theories in Second Language Acquisition: An Introduction (with Jessica Williams, 2007, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). He is the lead author of Vistazos, ¿Sabías que...?, Destinos and Sol y viento. Dr. VanPatten is the 2007 recipient of the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, awarded jointly by ACTFL and NYSAFLT. When not engaged in academic activities, he writes fiction and performs stand-up comedy. He has recently published his first work of fiction, a collection of short stories titled Chicago Tales, published by Outskirts Press (2007).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073385298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077867485
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do not buy the online edition if you are a college student who is required to make a centro account along with this book. The online edition does NOT come with a textbook access code and all teachers who require homework done on centro will require that code to access the full content. Go to your school's bookstore (or local bookstore that is always competing with the prices of the on-campus one) and get it there. DO NOT GET AN E EDITION!!! I have wasted fifty dollars renting this book when I had to buy both the workbook code (fifty bucks) and a textbook code ($137!!!!). I could have saved so much money going and getting the deal from my school. Do not think you're smart when getting this!!!
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This is the worst book. The book has parts where the instructor is supposed to speak and you are supposed to fill in the answer, however no where does it tell you what the instructor is supposed to be saying, or what the correct answers are in the book. It is like there is a piece missing. I am taking this class on line via connect and the ebook is exactly the same way, difficult to follow and almost impossible to know if you are doing the exercises correctly. I spent money buying the book on line, now I purchased it via Amazon (great price by the way) and now I am actively looking for the instructors version of the book because maybe that is the missing piece.
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If you do not know, Sol Y Viento is a beginning Spanish books used in Spanish classes at many different universities. My high school Spanish textbooks provided me with more pertinent information than this book could even come close to. The activities in this book are incredibly unnecessarily long and really do not help the student understand the Spanish that they are studying. The activities are more comparable to busy work one would do in grade school, the activities just happen to be in Spanish. If you buy this book, you will be receiving more than just a book. You will also be receiving the film, also named Sol Y Viento. This movie follows the story of multiple characters in the Spanish world. The movie is entirely in Spanish, but serves virtually no purpose. Not only does the movie talk down to its viewer in childish Spanish, it does not help the student learn Spanish through listening. I used this book at Florida State University and wholeheartedly believe the only reason is because the author Michael Leeser is an associate professor there. To put just how bad this book is into perspective, my own Spanish teacher decided not to use hardly any of the activities from the book because she even felt they did not actually help the student. She would in turn make her own activities which were much more helpful.
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To me this book (and the accompanying website) is clunky, cluttered and un-organized. Important information doesn't stand out.

The book also assumes you are abreast of trendy movie stars and a corporate consumer. I really don't want a book that teaches me how to look for a McDonald's in Mexico City, nor assumes that I know or care about Ricky Martinez or Penelope Cruz.

I'd sell it now that I'm done with the class but I wouldn't wish this on another person.
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Compatable ONLY with my Macbook. Yeah, I'll be the only one in my class with a computer. Awkward. And totally defeats the purpose of buying the KINDLE EDITION. Worst part is, I rented it for $40 and I'm stuck w/o being able to resell it.

This purchase definitely came with remorse. Sorry I don't have a plan B for you yet, checking out CourseSmart now.

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Product description said that this book was still in original packaging. Clearly, it was not. Although there are no internal markings that I can see, it appears to have some wear and tear externally.
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Book was upside down, and no code to get on-line. This was supposed to be a new book. Very dis-appointed
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This book is needed for class. When the university and other huge bookstores failed me. I was able to get on Amazon and purchase this book brand new from Barnes and Noble for way less then other bookstores.
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