Each chapter grabs students’ attention with Videos en accion right from the beginning to introduce its theme, encourage predictions about its content, and motivate cultural discussions. These videos are short, comprehensible to the students, and contextualize the language. There is also a second video program in Tu mundo cultural, in which real people are interviewed about their experiences, allowing opportunities to hear language in a cultural context.
The vocabulary is presented with illustrations that establish the context of each chapter, divided in three escenas. Students will focus on high-frequency, everyday vocabulary, and the activities following these illustrations move students very quickly from identifying new vocabulary to using it in real conversations.
Grammar is presented in small thematic chunks or escenas that are part of the larger theme of the lesson. There is a reduction of grammar content and a focus on high-frequency structures using the structured input method. Each gramática is preceded by a comic strip providing a contextualized introduction to the concept. Example sentences of grammar in use are drawn from the comic strip stories and link grammar explanations right back to the illustration.
The Tu mundo en vivo section at the end of each chapter provides culture-based input and a variety of output activities that draw on all language skills to practice.
These monthly links with scaffolded activities for students are available on the Supersite. They provide real-world connection to language and culture via carefully curated articles and videos from across the Spanish-speaking world. Instructors can enhance their classroom with authentic and culturally relevant resources focusing on the three modes of communication (interpretative, interpersonal, and presentational).