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Plazas

Plazas - 9780357670606

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez, Robert Hershberger, Susan Navey-Davis
Plazas
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5
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2021-10-01
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2017
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0357670604
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PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
  • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
  • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
  • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
  • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
  • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
  • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
  • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
  • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Robert Hershberger

Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

Susan Navey-Davis

Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
  • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
  • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
  • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
  • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
  • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
  • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
  • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
  • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Robert Hershberger

Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

Susan Navey-Davis

Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
  • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
  • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
  • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
  • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
  • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
  • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
  • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
  • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Robert Hershberger

Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

Susan Navey-Davis

Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
  • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
  • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
  • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
  • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
  • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
  • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
  • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
  • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
  • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
  • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
  • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
  • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
  • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Robert Hershberger

Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

Susan Navey-Davis

Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Product Description
  • PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
    • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
    • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
    • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
    • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
    • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
    • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
    • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
    • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

    Robert Hershberger

    Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

    Susan Navey-Davis

    Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Features
  • PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
    • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
    • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
    • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
    • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
    • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
    • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
    • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
    • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

    Robert Hershberger

    Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

    Susan Navey-Davis

    Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • About the Author
  • PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
    • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
    • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
    • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
    • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
    • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
    • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
    • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
    • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

    Robert Hershberger

    Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

    Susan Navey-Davis

    Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Table of Contents
  • PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! PLAZAS is supported by many optional, dynamic learning tools, including a Student Activities Manual, Media Site, online platform and more, which can be purchased separately.
    • The new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter takes full advantage of National Geographic's uniquely compelling photography, while connecting students to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. This section draws on all five Cs of the ACTFL's National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, leading students to make Comparisons with and Connections to the groundbreaking work of emerging explorers.
    • This edition dedicates an entire section, "Encuentro cultural," to a rigorous and multifaceted investigation of cultural trends in the country or countries of focus, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs as the context for the investigation. This section, while featuring new topics from National Geographic, continues to consist of short, easily digestible readings.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus. To facilitate students' comprehension of the authentic videos, the section offers viewing strategies as well as extensive pre- and post-viewing activities, allowing students to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The National Geographic material increases the visual richness of the activity sequences, which better tease out everyday cultural topics. Students interested in any number of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, and education, to name a few--are able to investigate these academic areas through the perspective of National Geographic's renowned explorers and photographers.
    • PLAZAS, 5th Edition, places a premium on communication and strives for real-world use of the Spanish language. The video component of the program is more purposefully integrated with the communicative objectives of each chapter. New video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book.
    • Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for learners to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • "En contexto" video-based language models support the "Estructura" and "Así se dice" sections, modeling the structure through aural and written input, thereby allowing students to truly hear and see it in context. Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce students' ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides student-centered self-review and assessment of grammar.
    • "¡A leer!" includes new readings and strategies, as well as follow-up questions, while "¡A escribir!" features guided-composition writing activities.
    • A new "¡A explorar!" spread at the beginning of each chapter draws you into the chapter topics through National Geographic's compelling photography, while connecting you to a new generation of National Geographic explorers. If you're interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, photography, or education, among other disciplines, you can investigate these areas through the perspective of renowned explorers and photographers.
    • The "Encuentro cultural" section now features stunning National Geographic photographs that bring the cultural context of the countries of focus to life.
    • The new National Geographic "¡A ver!" video segments are related to the region of focus, and include strategies that allow you to develop viewing skills while learning new and interesting information.
    • The new "En contexto" videos provide additional support by modeling grammar topics in a real-life context.
    • Every chapter focuses on one to two different Spanish-speaking countries or regions, and all the material in that chapter--readings, audio, video, art, grammar explanations, and activities--refers to that region and imparts cultural content.
    • The program's clear and integrated presentation of vocabulary and grammar logically progresses in difficulty throughout each chapter of the book. Two-tiered activity sets titled "¡A practicar!" and "¡A conversar!" (following each Vocabulary and Grammar section) provide opportunities for you to focus on accuracy and creative use of the language.
    • Engaging end-of-chapter activities reinforce your ability to understand, read, write, and speak Spanish with confidence.
    • "A repasar" provides opportunities for self-review and assessment of grammar.

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez

    Guiomar Borrás Alvarez. received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. She obtained a Master of Arts Liberal Studies in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master in Education from St. Michael's College. Currently she is Professor of Spanish at Glendale Community College and has been working as Business Spanish Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Borrás Alvarez. was the Academic Director of the Thunderbird Intensive Language Program in 2001 and coordinated the lower division classes. Her contribution to scholarship includes Heinle's SPANISH FOR LIFE: BUSINESS WORKTEXT; INTERCAMBIOS, Fifth Edition; and PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Second and Third Editions. She has worked and was the president of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA). She received the Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Professor Award seven times and in 2000 received the Hacker Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

    Robert Hershberger

    Dr. Robert Hershberger (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Spanish at DePauw University. Before working on PLAZAS, Dr. Hershberger authored Heinle's ¡Tú Dirás! and INTERCAMBIOS CD-ROMs and was the lead author and project manager for the TEMAS CD-ROM. Most recently, Dr. Hershberger served as a co-author on Heinle's second-year Spanish program, RUMBOS. In addition to his teaching at DePauw, Dr. Hershberger is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and a Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology. In 2005, Dr. Hershberger received the Exemplary Teacher Award by DePauw University and the United Methodist Church. In 2008, Dr. Hershberger received the Edwin L. Minar Scholarship Award for exceptional scholarly achievement in the field of foreign language pedagogy.

    Susan Navey-Davis

    Susan Navey-Davis is Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She serves as Coordinator of Lower Division Spanish courses, Supervisor of Second Year Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of Undergraduate Advising. She has received numerous awards for teaching, advising, and extension service. She recently received regional and national recognition for advising and has received regional, state, and university awards for excellence in teaching. At North Carolina State University she is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and is a past chair of the executive council for the academy. She has been secretary of the board of directors of an organization that provides health care in Nicaragua. In addition to being a co-author of PLAZAS: LUGAR DE ENCUENTROS, Navey-Davis is also co-author of Heinle's intermediate textbook, RUMBOS. She holds an MAT in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 
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