What’s New

New - Fotonovela with Checkpoints Viewing Activities

Portales 2.0 Intermediate Spanish includes a new Fotonovela episodic drama series with integrated viewing activities to check student comprehension. This series follows a family in Oaxaca, México, with an engaging storyline for students to bridge language and culture. It provides them a glimpse into everyday life in the Spanish-speaking world

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Expanded Media Content Encourages Students to Interact with the Language

  • New Fotonovela serves to contextualize grammar topics and vocabulary, helping students develop an intercultural competency that deepens their language skills.
  • Four new Cinemateca short films that let students see and hear Spanish in its authentic context, and new integrated viewing activites in all films which allow students to check their comprehension as they watch the films.
  • Four new literary readings offer a wide selection of authors and genres to engage students with authentic literature and new En detalle videos that allow students to listen to native speakers as audio-sync highlighting of sentences guides their eyes.
  • Six new cultural readings within Cultura and En detalle that acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures.
El toreo: ¿Cultura o tortura?

Project-Focused Learning Track

Incorporated into every lesson, the Project-Focused Learning Track includes assignable tasks in every lesson with rubric grading. Students answer an essential question by completing authentic tasks that improve students’ research, language, and communication skills, such as writing a report on a cultural event, making learning meaningful. Through sustained investigation, reflection, and peer-reviewed tasks, students engage in Spanish-language media exploration, while developing their personal interests and communication skills, and engaging with the global community.

Group and Individual Video Recording Submission Expands Student Production

Group chat and individual video recording activities allow single or multiple students to record a video production exercise, providing instructors with more flexibility in creating and assigning activities to groups within their classes.

Group chat offers valuable practice that simulates the conversations most typical to a language classroom. These activities also ready students for authentic communication with native speakers, which typically occurs in a group setting.

A group video call

Assignable Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs)

New assignable IPAs use authentic cultural content, complete with rubric grading and video upload. These assessments measure student progress toward proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational.

Woman on a video call
Communicative Goals

Communicative Goals and Can-Do Statements Build Students’ Confidence

Communicative Goals are now listed at the beginning of each section. After the activities in that section, the “I can” statement reminds students which goal they achieved. At the end of the lesson, a summary presents the Communicative Goals achieved, along with a review activity for each goal. Annotations to the Instructor indicate the correlation to the ACTFL standards.

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