Saldo a favor: Intermediate Spanish for the World of Business
April 1997, ©1997
Saldo a favor is a flexible intermediate-level program designed to orient students' functional use of Spanish to the world of business from a Hispanic cultural perspective. Saldo a favor meets the practical needs of the many Spanish learners who are interested in using Spanish actively in their careers or who simply recognize the necessity of cross-cultural communication in a global marketplace. In recognition of the diversity of university course offerings, the program has been developed for maximum adaptability in a variety of settings.
- Four-skill Spanish development within the cultural contexts of distinct regions of the Hispanic world.
- Solid, consistent, and transferable language development within a true Hispanic context that reflects authentic cultural procedures, protocols, and points of view on aspects of the real world of business.
- Previous knowledge of the world of business.
- High-interest, contemporary material accompanied by personalized and interactive activities.
- Authenticity in its approach to Hispanic business from Hispanic (not U.S.) perspectives.
- Practical orientation to business transactions.
- Ease of use in its clear explanations and focus on the real world and in its logical development of business-world themes.
- Saldo a favor is truly learner-based. Each unit opens by drawing out students' previous experiences using the learner's background and perspective as the point of departure. Individual and group activities are balanced: Some activities require personal reflection, individual assessment of perceptions or preconceptions, expression of opinion; others require group interaction and teamwork in brainstorming, consensus-building, role playing, etc.
- Saldo a favor is culturally contextualized and authentic in perspective and practice. It approaches Hispanic business culture from Hispanic (not U.S.) perspectives to promote more in-depth analysis and deeper understanding of other systems of values. Authentic documents represent the core of each thematically focused unit. Hispanic countries are seen in terms of their own complexity - individually and in their relations with each other, with the U.S., and with other countries of the world.
- One of the most striking features of Saldo a favor is its careful attention to connected, transferable learning. Within each unit, the three major divisions gradually deepen analysis and application of the unit theme; within each section, the language focus (vocabulary, grammar, writing) and the business culture focus connect and reinforce each other through contextualized presentation and practice. This book recognizes that people forget - especially if they do not consistently use and expand application of previously learned skills and knowledge.