A long-time favorite of instructors who desire a four-skills approach in a briefer book, 'Qué tal? combines a broad variety of materials and activities, exceptionally clear grammar presentations, and consistent organization. Its popular four-part chapter structure helps students manage the material without being overwhelmed and makes lesson planning easier for instructors.
More than 500 new color illustrations and photographs bring an exciting new visual appeal to the program and enhance the pedagogy of the text. Beautiful drawings illustrate vocabulary words in each chapter, allowing students to make important connections between the Spanish word and the conceptual meaning. Many activities are also enlivened through fun illustrations that review vocabulary and grammar and promote real communication.
The flow of presentations and activities within the chapter has been carefully crafted to keep students on task and focused. Activities do not break over the front and back of pages, thus eliminating the need for students and instructors to flip pages while completing the task.
Sentence-formation and cloze passage activities are now pedagogically improved through the use of special shading and color that highlight key elements of the activity and keep students focused on the tasks they are performing.
Paradigms and charts within grammar presentations have been enhanced with colored font to direct students’ attention to key aspects of the grammar point, such as spelling changes in stem-changing verbs and agreement of adjectives.
This edition integrates two new types of video segments: Entrevista cultural and Entre amigos. Entrevista cultural segments introduce students to a Spanish-speaker from a different country in each chapter, providing a unique glimpse into their lives and their culture. Accompanying activities in the Videoteca section of each chapter prepare students for viewing and assess comprehension. The Entre amigos episodes present four students from different countries (Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and Cuba) who tell an entertaining story as they meet and attend a university in Mexico.
A new Voces de… cultural feature includes an introduction to literary masterpieces as well as to musical styles and traditions. A renowned author from a different country is profiled in each chapter, accompanied by a brief extract from one of his/her works, and descriptions of traditional and popular music from each country or region provide students with a glimpse into the vibrant musical heritage of the Spanish-speaking world.
Autoprueba quizzes at the end of each grammar presentation allow students to do quick self-assessments of their understanding of key grammar points in every chapter, before they begin the exercises and activities.
A revised Interactive CD-ROM provides students with exciting activities for vocabulary and grammar development, development of cultural awareness, and practice of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Activities incorporate audio, video, and graphic images to create a true multimedia experience.
Interactive Flash Grammar™ tutorials on the Online Learning Center website allow students to "see" and review core grammar structures through an interactive tutorial. The tutorials are enriched by interactive paradigms, sample sentences, and audio narration.
A thoroughly revised Online Learning Center features a wealth of activities and resources for students and teachers alike.
Manageable in length and communicative in approach, this introductory Spanish program is ideal for schools that have a limited number of contact hours but still prefer a text that includes a broad variety of materials.
A clear, consistent four-part chapter organization helps students manage the material without being overwhelmed and makes lesson-planning easier for instructors.
Hallmarks of 'Qué tal? are its clearly explained grammar points followed by exercises and activities that progress from form-focused to communicative in nature, and the consistent recycling of material learned in earlier chapters.
Paso final sections target the development of all four skills: A conversar activities develop listening and speaking skills; ¡A leer! and ¡A escribir! develop reading and writing skills.
Table of Contents
Note: The preliminary chapter (Primeros pasos) and Capítulo 1 of this Contents list provide a comprehensive listing of content for those chapters, as representative of the other chapters. Capítulos 2-18 provide only the vocabulary topics, grammatical structures, and country of cultural focus.
CAPÍTULO PRELIMINAR: Primeros pasos
Primer paso: Saludos y expresiones de cortesía / El alfabeto español /'Cómo es usted? / Spanish in the United States and in the World
Segundo paso: Pronunciación / Los números 0-30; hay / Gustos y preferencias /'Qué hora es? / A leer: La geografía del mundo hispánico / Estrategia: Guessing Meaning from Context
CAPÍTULO 1: En la universidad
Paso 1: Vocabulario: En la clase / Las materias / Nota cultural: Las universidades del mundo hispánico / Pronunciación: Diphthongs and Linking
Paso 2: Gramática: 1. Singular Nouns: Gender and Articles / 2. Nouns and Articles: Plural Forms
Voces de los Estados Unidos: Literatura: Sandra Cisneros / Música
Paso 3: Gramática: 3. Subject Pronouns; Present Tense of –ar Verbs; Negation / En los Estados Unidos y el Canadá: Jaime Escalante: Profesor de matemáticas / Un poco de todo
Paso 4: Un paso más: Videoteca: Entrevista cultural; Entre amigos / Enfoque cultural: Los hispanos en los Estados Unidos / Paso final: A leer: Las universidades hispánicas / Estrategia: More on Guessing Meaning from Context / A escribir / En resumen / Vocabulario
CAPÍTULO 2: La familia
Vocabulario:La familia y los parientes / Adjetivos / Los números 31-100
Gramática:4. Adjectives: Gender, Number, and Position / 5. Present Tense of ser; Summary of Uses 6. Possessive Adjectives (Unstressed) / 7. Present Tense of –er and –ir Verbs
Enfoque cultural: México
CAPÍTULO 3: De compras
Vocabulario:De compras: La ropa / 'De qué color es? / Más allá del número 100
Gramática:8. Demonstrative Pronouns / 9. Tener, venir, preferir, querer,and poder; Some Idioms with tener / 10. Ir; ir + a + Infinitive
Enfoque cultural: Nicaragua
CAPÍTULO 4: En casa
Vocabulario:'Qué día es hoy? / Los muebles, los cuartos y otras partes de la casa / 'Cuándo? Preposiciones
Gramática 11. Hacer, oír, poner, salir, traer, and ver / 12. Present Tense of Stem-Changing Verbs / 13. Reflexive Pronouns
Enfoque cultural: Costa Rica
CAPÍTULO 5: Las estaciones y el tiempo
Vocabulario:'Qué tiempo hace hoy? / Los meses y las estaciones del año / 'Dónde está? Las preposiciones
Gramática:14. Present Progressive: estar + -ndo / 15. Summary of the Uses of ser and estar / 16. Comparisons
Enfoque cultural: Guatemala
CAPÍTULO 6 'Qué le gusta comer?
Vocabulario:La comida / 'Qué sabe Ud. y a quién conoce?
Gramática:17. Direct Object Pronouns / 18. Indefinite and Negative Words / 19. Formal Commands
Enfoque cultural: Panamá
CAPÍTULO 7: De vacaciones
Vocabulario:De viaje / De vacaciones
Gramática:20. Indirect Object Pronouns; dar and decir / 21. gustar / 22. Preterite of Regular Verbs and of dar, hacer, ir, and ser
Enfoque cultural: Honduras, El Salvador
CAPÍTULO 8: Los días festivos
Vocabulario:La fiesta de Javier / Emociones y condiciones