A time-tested approach

Senderos is built around a proven six-step instructional design.


Six-step instructional design

Each lesson is organized into color-coded strands that present new material in clear, comprehensible, and communicative ways. With a focus on authenticity, cultural immersion, and the seamless integration of text and technology, Spanish-language learning comes to life. In the Teacher’s Edition, there’s more support on how to use VHL's six-step instructional approach.

Six-Step Design

1. Context

Make it personal

  • Provides visual context for the chapter theme
  • A primera vista questions allow students to use the Spanish they know to talk about the photos
  • Redesigned lesson openers with clearly labeled Essential Questions, Can-Do Goals, and IPA contexts, as well as a cultural focus on products, practices, and perspectives
  • Plenty of resources that allow students to monitor and reflect on their own learning—with Communication Goals and Can-Do Goals at the beginning and end of each section
Lesson opener
Contextos page activities

2. Vocabulary

Put it into words

New Contextos illustrations! Theme-related vocabulary is introduced through expansive and updated full-color illustrations and easy-to-reference lists. Communicative Goals encourage students to anticipate the section’s objectives, showing them what communicative skills they can expect to be able to perform upon completion of the section.

3. Media

Bridges Experiences

Instructional, cultural, and authentic streaming video presentations with optional captioning.

Instructional video clip

Brand new Fotonovela storyline videos—levels 1 and 2 are shot on location in Madrid, Spain, while level 3 takes place in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Various activities from en pantalla

Cultural video in Levels 1, 1A/1B, 2, and 3: En pantalla presents TV clips from around the Spanish-speaking world connected to the language, vocabulary, and theme of the chapter. Flash cultura videos feature young broadcasters from across the Spanish-speaking world and have a new activity sequence allowing for more interpersonal communication.

Panorama sample page about Puerto Rico

Cultural video in Levels 4 and 5: En pantalla features award-winning short films (cortometrajes) and documentaries from around the Spanish-speaking world.

Sample of assignment and internet video about news and cultural updates

New Panorama cultural videos provide interesting visuals for the Panorama section and have post-viewing activities.

4. Culture

Cultural Perspective


En detalle explores the chapter’s theme in-depth. All cultural readings are now in Spanish starting in Level 1 and feature more scaffolded activities. Perfil focuses on Spanish-speaking personalities and places in the Spanish-speaking world of high interest to students (Levels 1, 1A/1B, 2, and 3).

El mundo hispanohablante continues the exploration of the lesson’s cultural theme. Redesigned Cultura readings presents students with additional cultural information related to the unit theme and country or region of focus (Levels 4 and 5).

en detalle and cultura pages

Literatura readings feature a wide selection of authors and literary genres to engage students with authentic sources (Levels 4 and 5).

5. Structure

Grammar as a tool


Clear and concise explanations followed by visually appealing examples.

Práctica sections include contextualized, personalized activities. Updated Comunicación sections feature pair and group activities for interpersonal and presentational practice and provide for a better balance of activities in the three modes of communication.

practica and comunicacion

Recapitulación—scaffolded activities test students’ comprehension of the chapter’s key grammar points (Levels 1, 1A/1B, 2, and 3).

6. Synthesis

Pulling it all together


Lectura offers context-based readings that pull all the chapter elements together, with a plethora of pre- and post-reading comprehension activities.


Estrategia provides strategies for the preparation and execution of the writing task related to the chapter’s theme.


Escuchar builds students’ listening skills with a recorded conversation or narration. Ahora escucha provides a variety of activities to support comprehension.


Panorama showcases the nations of the Spanish-speaking world with short features about the country’s culture—history, places, fine arts, literature, and aspects of everyday life. It now includes a new music feature: A ritmo hispano.

SENDEROS offers a wealth of support for students and teachers.

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources: In the Teacher’s Edition you can see:

  • ACTFL Standards at point of use
  • Differentiated instructional strategies
  • Callouts for the Writing Proficiency Workbook and the Verifica activities tool
  • Additional Pre-AP® support, including the CED Skill Categories

Teacher Resources: Teacher’s Edition interleaf pages provide more support, including highlighting all the available online resources, such as News and Cultural Updates (Levels 1, 1A/1B, 2, and 3).

TE Interleaf

Student Resources: Students can monitor and reflect on their own learning with Communication goals and Can-Do statements. The Practice Workbook provides additional practice of the vocabulary and grammar for each textbook lesson, plus additional reading and writing activities. Additional practice is available with the Writing Proficiency Workbook, which puts the skill of writing at the forefront and hones writing skills and confidence.