En tu medio - Intermediate Spanish (Second Edition)

An interactive text that recycles and reviews first-year concepts while building new skills in a meaningful context

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What’s new in this edition?

  • New Complete redesign meant to better support student learning and help faculty organize their classes in an easy way.
  • New Revised Learning Objectives in the Chapter Opener and new Learning Objectives in each section make the learning process transparent and help users understand the purpose and intention behind everything they do. Can-do Statements at the end of each section promote students’ self-reflection about their own progress.
  • New Improved treatment of diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) throughout, with more thoughtful and purposeful use of articles and videos addressing social and racial justice, cultural identities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, native peoples, and women as game changers and in empowering roles, and the addition of Social Awareness instructor notes throughout.
  • New Supersite offers an unparalleled digital learning environment with integrated content, resources, and tools built exclusively to support language learning.

Integrated Cultural Videos and Short Films

Para tus ojos is a short cultural video relating to the chapter’s regional focus. The characters and content of this video activate vocabulary and preview grammar concepts.

En tu medio also includes five critically recognized short films, Cortometrajes, produced for Spanish-speaking audiences. These films provide authentic, higher-level input; support vocabulary, grammar, and cultural activities; and spark discussion of relevant social, historical, personal, or cultural issues.

The integration of these video components provides the opportunity for students to view the videos multiple times for different purposes. This maximizes students’ comprehension and cross-cultural understanding.

Whole Texts vs. Disjointed Sentences

Contextualized Grammar and Vocabulary

En tu medio presents both vocabulary and grammar with contextualized paragraphs, blogs, ads, media, etc. to model and clarify usage. By teaching forms in relation to function, students deduce and infer lexical meaning and grammatical patterns prior to their formal presentation, understand better what they read, grasp cultural and sociolinguistic subtexts, write more effectively, and apply grammar rules for meaningful communication.

Grouping and Recycling of Grammatical Concepts

Related concepts are grouped together in each chapter of En tu medio to provide an overview and emphasize usage. Each concept builds upon prior knowledge, as boxes marked with a recycling icon remind learners of related concepts previously studied. Brief culturally contextualized input readings model the use of new forms prior to simple, yet precise explanations. Explanations start with guiding questions and a sample text to further critical thinking skills by observing language in context.

Grouping and Recycling of Grammatical Concepts
Fully Integrated Thematic and Cultural Context

Cultural Products, Practices, and Perspectives

En tu medio integrates cultural information and authentic materials specific to the target region throughout the chapter so that students explore language in context even while learning vocabulary or grammar.

In addition to the videos, other cultural highlights include:

  • Literatura presents an engaging literary reading that provides sophisticated insight into the culture and/or social issues of the region.
  • Tu pronunciación targets specific areas of English-language interference and offers phonetic tips to heighten awareness of common problem areas. Audio and visual support are included with this feature.
  • Notas de lenga and Lengua en uso highlight regional variations, sociolinguistic issues, and other idiosyncrasies of the Spanish language.
  • Cultura offers a window into the lives of real people living and working in the regions of study who exemplify some unique cultural aspect, social issue, or historical insight.
  • Notas culturales introduces unfamiliar aspects of Hispanic culture.

News and Cultural Updates

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).