• AUTHORS: Nuria Alonso García; Lynn A. Sandstedt; Ralph Kite
  • ISBN-13: 9781285052366 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 400 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

ESPACIOS is a 2-semester intermediate Spanish program developed to support the many reasons students take Spanish. End-of-chapter projects reinforce language mechanics while providing students with a culturally engaging framework and connecting to students’ daily life interests. Through rich cultural exploration, students expand on what they know about the Spanish-speaking world in a reflective and informed way.


  • Theme-Based Chapters: Each chapter begins with a cultural topic, which is discussed in more broad terms with the support of an "Enfoque cultural" reading to provide historical background. The theme is then explored from different angles and in more focus through short film and literature. Photos and graphics provide additional visual reinforcement, as well as the cultural and aesthetic support needed for comprehension.
  • Project-Based Learning: Each chapter ends with a culturally rich "Exploración" section, which invites students to try their own personalized in-depth exploration and expression. The section culminates with a "Proyecto," in which students brainstorm and research in preparation for a technology-based project, such as a mashup, panel discussion, compare-contrast essay, comic strip, interview, brochure, PowerPoint®, written proposal, or oral presentation. The project is explained step-by-step and is often modeled in the actual reading. Collaborating on a meaningful project allows students to move from the more "enclosed" and guided space of grammar and vocabulary to a broader, more personalized space the students create on their own.
  • Skill-Building Strategies: Learning strategies in vocabulary, reading, and viewing/listening allow students to go beyond prescribed skills and lists of vocabulary by giving students the tools to understand and use new words, and build their own vocabulary.
  • Cross-Cultural Approach: The diverse selection of "Espacio literario" readings and "Corto de cine" short films featured in every chapter enables students to experience each theme from a pan-Hispanic perspective and fosters sensitivity to the many cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Relevant Vocabulary: Vocabulary items are tightly woven into the chapter themes, so students know at all times how to say what they mean about the topics. Students learn the vocabulary based on a rich cultural presentation related to the chapter theme, as well as in relation to authentic readings, making the chapters more modular and allowing students to more easily build on what they have just learned.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Students work together using the state-of-the art "Share It!" blog feature in iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center to post, rate, evaluate, and "portfolio" their ideas as they evolve into a project.

About the Contributor

  • Nuria Alonso García

    Contributor Nuria Alonso García is an associate professor and chairperson of Spanish at Providence College Department of Foreign Language Studies, where she teaches courses in Spanish language and culture, linguistics, language methodology and global studies. She graduated from the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain with a degree in Spanish Philology and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid.

  • Lynn A. Sandstedt

    Lynn A. Sandstedt is a native of Colorado and a Ph.D. graduate in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He taught at the University of Northern Colorado for 22 years and served as Chairman of the Foreign Language Department and the Department of Hispanic Studies. He was elected to serve on ACTFL Executive and later was elected to serve as president. He was elected president of the AATSP and several years later was selected to be the executive director. Sandstedt has received several prestigious awards for his work in Foreign Language Education.

  • Ralph Kite

    Ralph Kite earned a Ph.D. in Ibero-American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He spent several years organizing and directing Peace Corps language training programs at New Mexico and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He continued to pursue interests in different teaching and learning approaches (film, computers, and theater) at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he served as chair for 10 years.

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  • Looseleaf Edition
    ISBN-10: 1285052498  | ISBN-13: 9781285052496
    Price = $100.50
  • iLrn Language Learning Center 4 Terms (24 Months) + Bound Book
    ISBN-10:  1305528182 | ISBN-13:  9781305528185
    Price = $182.50