CONECTADOS is an innovative introductory Spanish program that features a unique blend of online and in-class activities designed to help students connect with the Spanish-speaking world, other academic disciplines, and one another. Given that face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses are characterize... more
CONECTADOS is an innovative introductory Spanish program that features a unique blend of online and in-class activities designed to help students connect with the Spanish-speaking world, other academic disciplines, and one another. Given that face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses are characterized by varying amounts of online and in-class time, CONECTADOS can be tailored by instructors and course coordinators to adapt it to their needs.
CONECTADOS promotes self-regulated learning. Learners preview the chapter topics; are presented with learning outcomes; work through guided, interactive activities to confirm their understanding of key points; and then reflect on what they have learned. Material is presented in manageable chunks wit... more
CONECTADOS promotes self-regulated learning. Learners preview the chapter topics; are presented with learning outcomes; work through guided, interactive activities to confirm their understanding of key points; and then reflect on what they have learned. Material is presented in manageable chunks with countless activities and support materials. In addition, formative feedback is provided for all auto-gradable activities in Gramática; students not only find out which items they have answered incorrectly, but also receive detailed explanations so that they better understand the source of their error.
CONECTADOS fosters a sense of community within the classroom through social networking-type activities (Nosotros/Share It!) and a community page. It also connects students with the larger Spanish-speaking community by having them perform real-life tasks using authentic online sites (Exploración).
CONECTADOS makes connections with other academic disciplines through the use of video sourced from National Geographic (Reportaje) and readings (Conectados con...). Students learn about a variety of subjects in Spanish and continue their exploration of other academic disciplines in Conexiones y comparaciones activities.
CONECTADOS appeals to the millennial generation. It uses current technology that provides a variety of media-rich activities, immediate feedback, and learning through discovery and analysis rather than lectures. In-class activities are engaging, fun, and collaborative.
CONECTADOS is flexible, customizable, and easy to use. Conceptualized to be used in face-to-face, hybrid (blended), and fully online courses, it includes convenient syllabi templates for easy planning.
CONECTADOS systematically recycles content. As the chapters progress, Practice it! activities and Use it! activities regularly incorporate themes and structures from earlier chapters. In the Communication Manual, the recycling icon indicates content that is reentered and integrated into new material.
CONECTADOS has a robust testing program that accommodates many course configurations. The assessment tools include a quiz for every paso and a test for every chapter, as well as midterm and final exams. Online, students can complete self-tests to prepare for the tests and exams. In addition, materials for an Integrated Performance Assessment are provided for every chapter. Rubrics are integrated into the assessments for easier and faster grading of writing and speaking tasks.
Students are able to assess themselves via an online self-test (two per chapter), which provides a personalized study plan after they have taken the self-test. The results of the self-tests give students feedback on their strengths and weaknesses of the chapter's material and what they can do to grasp the concepts better. These results link students directly to grammar tutorials, vocabulary flashcards, and specific presentation screens for further study.
Conectados is supported by a robust assessment program that is available online and as Microsoft® Word files. Each chapter has two versions of an exam that covers the content and tests the listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills of the student. There are also midterm and final exams for both two-semester and three-semester configurations. This part of the testing program is accompanied by audio tracks, which are accessible online or on an audio CD. In addition, an Integrated Performance Assessment with a rubric is available for each chapter. For more granular assessments, Paso Level Quizzes are available online. These short, auto-gradable quizzes cover the vocabulary and grammar content presented in a single paso.
Instructors have access to PowerPoint® presentations to use in class. There are three PowerPoints per chapter (one per paso), and they are meant to enhance the in-class experience with visual cues and ideas for in-class communicative activities.
An online Instructor Resource Manual provides audio scripts; video scripts; testing guidelines; rubrics; syllabi; and tips on how to manage a flipped, hybrid, or online course.