Desafíos are cultural challenges that take place throughout the Spanish-speaking world! Start to finish, each unit and lesson moves students toward proficiency as they embark on meaningful cultural adventures.
Each unit contains four Desafíos (mini-lessons), each focused on a particular communicative skill related to the unit theme. Each Desafío presents students with a challenge and is organized into four sections:
Section 1: Punto de partida
Students first see the storyline characters as they take on their cultural challenge. Dialogue allows students to see the mini-lesson’s target vocabulary and grammar in a cultural context.
Section 2: Vocabulario
Students see a colorful presentation of the target vocabulary they will need for the communicative skill at hand. New words are presented in context and through visuals. Students reinforce new vocabulary through a progression of practice activities.
Section 3: Gramática
Students then see a concise presentation of the grammatical structure(s) necessary for the communicative skill in Gramática. Practice activities progress from closed-ended to open, personalized practice.
Section 4: Comunicación
Students apply their new skills in Comunicación, an opportunity to synthesize vocabulary, grammar, and cultural understanding.
After the four Desafíos, students integrate the communicative and cultural skills learned in the mini-lessons.
Todo junto: Student bring it all together as they integrate the vocabulary, grammar, and communicative skills from the unit’s mini-lessons in new ways.
El encuentro: Students see the end of the storyline characters’ challenges.
VideoMundo: Students watch authentic TV clips and short films, allowing them to access information and diverse perspectives from around the Spanish-speaking world.