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Pura vida: Beginning Spanish, 2nd Edition



Pura vida: Beginning Spanish, 2nd Edition

Norma Lopez-Burton, Marques Pascual, Pardo Ballester

ISBN: 978-1-119-49334-1 November 2019 592 Pages

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In Pura vida (Life is good)Spanish is more than vocabulary and grammar, just as Spanish-speaking cultures are more than products and practices. In this learner-centered introductory program, the authors’ commitment to a methodology based on true-to-life experiences brings Spanish to life. Pura vida is the discovery of a Spanish-speaking world through the experiences of real people who share anecdotes and reflections on those experiences. Students relate to these people and make deeper, more meaningful connections between language and culture, and acquire Spanish with an unparalleled sense of personal engagement.

In this 12-chapter introductory program, students don’t only learn Spanish for real life, but also from real life. They discover that there is not just one homogeneous Hispanic culture, but rather that each Spanish-speaking country has its own rich, unique culture and that the people who live in these countries speak one common language with different accents, characteristics, and idiosyncrasies. The program offers truly seamless integration of cultural notions and language instruction and features 100% contextualized and personalized activities.

Capítulo P ¡A conocerse! p. 1

Capítulo 1 La sala de clases p. 19

Capítulo 2 Día a día p. 58

Capítulo 3 La vida doméstica p. 102

Capítulo 4 El trabajo y la ciudad p. 146

Capítulo 5 La vida social p. 191

Capítulo 6 Vivir y estudiar en España p. 236

Capítulo 7 Los restaurants y las comidas p. 285

Capítulo 8 El mundo del entretenimiento p. 330

Capítulo 9 Nuestro planeta p. 377

Capítulo 10 La salud y el bienestar p. 422

Capítulo 11 Un mundo global p. 465

Capítulo 12 Los hispanos en Estados Unidos p. 506

Índice p. I-1

  • Perspectivas section has been placed together for an easier comparison of cultural perspectives.
  • All learning strategies have been gathered in a new Sección 3 at the end of the chapter to provide a coherent review of the material in the chapter.
  • Chapter 6 topic, History, has been replaced with Study Abroad to match students’ interests. 
  • A new ¡Así se pronuncia! box that presents information on Spanish pronunciation with examples to help second language learners distinguish the sounds of Spanish.
  • A new Tarea final activity at the end of each chapter is a culminating task that integrates the cultural and language content covered throughout the chapter.  
  • The Repaso section at the end of the chapter includes now a listening exercise Comprensión auditiva.
  • All cultural facts and topics have been revised for accuracy.
  • All activities have been revised for a smooth progression between guided practice and open-ended. This new edition includes more truly partner activities, project format, and debates.
  • Vocabulary sections have been cleaned up to include more high-frequency words.
  • Grammar presentations have been made more concise with more practice activities for difficult grammar sections.
  • All illustrations are new to comply with ADA regulations in print and digital.
  • Annotations and instructions for flipped classroom practices have been added.
  • The Instructor's Manual has been thoroughly revised to match all changes in the 2nd edition.
  • Contextualized, personalized, and task-based practice: In Pura vida, activities are either rooted in the context of the real-life stories of Americans visiting Spanish-speaking countries that tap into students’ own lives and perspectives or written to have students do something with the language from their own personal perspective. Practice for the sake of practice is not part of the Pura vida experience.  
  • Reinforcement of content: Because language is inherently cumulative Pura vida recycles and reinforces high-frequency vocabulary and structures throughout each chapter and from one chapter to another. 
  • Authenticity: Building on the real-life foundation of Pura vida, Una perspectiva and Otra perspectiva sections engage students in dialog with real people sharing their thoughts and experiences, and reading selections are taken from a variety of authentic sources, cover a wide range of genres and incorporate the vocabulary, grammar structures and cultural focus of each chapter.
  • Strategic skill development: Pura vida offers strategies and multiple opportunities for developing all four language skills, and for practice using those skills in all communicative modes. 
  • Teacher-friendly program: While taking a student-centered approach, Pura vida is written by three Spanish teachers who are in the classroom every day, and is thus practical, useful and very straightforward for experienced and novice instructors alike. It brims with cultural information, teaching tips, and step-by-step procedures for managing communicative tasks in the classroom.