Whole Texts vs. Disjointed Sentences:En tu medio presents both vocabulary and grammar with contextualizing paragraphs, blogs, ads, media, etc. which model and clarify usage. By teaching forms in relation to function, grammatical attention within broader contexts helps students intuit lexical meaning and grammatical patterns prior to their formal presentation, understand better what they read, grasp cultural and socio-linguistic subtexts, write more effectively, and apply grammar rules for meaningful communication.
Input Processing: This proven model makes new concepts accessible to students by allowing them to notice and process content before they are asked to use or produce discourse with new information. For this reason, each new sequence of practice activities begins with a self-scoring true/false, agree/disagree, possible/impossible, multiple-choice, matching, ordering, or other recognition activity which requires students to understand meaning (and shows them that they do understand meaning) before moving on to practice using the target vocabulary or structure for communication.
Task-Based Activities: En tu medio offers a broad array of theoretically grounded, class-tested, interactive and engaging activities that develop all language skills while completing meaningful tasks. Practice activities are thematically and culturally contextualized, reinforcing vocabulary and enhancing cultural knowledge as students build communicative skills. Whole-class activities are interwoven with individual, pair, and small group exercises, all of which are sequenced to support students as they learn and offer a varied pace and rhythm for class sessions. Each series of activities is carefully scaffolded to guide students from structured input (recognition), through structured output (producing short answers), toward more open-ended opportunities to create with the language and negotiate meaning through interaction with others.
Thoughtful Grouping and Recycling of Grammatical Concepts:En tu medio groups related concepts together in each course section to provide an overview and emphasize usage. Each concept builds upon prior knowledge and students can access review topics as needed. Side boxes marked with a recycling icon remind students of related introductory concepts and in later sections Ya vimos boxes recall structures presented earlier in the program.