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en una palabra Sevilla, Espana (CD-ROM)

by Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret and Ana Perez-Girones Georgetown Univ Press
Pub Date:
11/2006
ISBN:
9781589011366
Format:
Cd 0 pages
Price:
AU$42.99 NZ$43.47
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
''En una palabra is a welcome addition to any Spanish course. Obtaining real language, spoken by real people has always been a challenge for the language professor. It is this type of speech that our students need to hear more of, instead of the 'prepared' listening activities found in most textbooks.''—Pilar Munday, coordinator for the Spanish Language Program, Sacred Heart University

En una palabra is a unique interactive tool to help students learn about Spanish culture while increasing vocabulary and listening skills. Students experience the program through a series of video segments in which fifteen residents of Sevilla—of varying ages and sociocultural backgrounds—define the same ten concepts:
amigos (friends)
familia (family)
trabajo (work)
país (country)
libertad (freedom)
éxito (success)
orgullo (pride)
individualismo (individualism)
ambicíon (ambition)
felicidad (happiness)


While these words are easily translatable into any language, the definitions offered by the speakers reveal the diverse nature of culture and how words convey individual and collective values, which are not always obvious.
This program is a resource flexible enough to fit into almost any curriculum, by setting appropriate tasks and expectations. Words like trabajo, familia, and amigos represent concepts that are an integral part of most first-year college textbooks, while individualismo, libertad, and ambicíon lend themselves to more abstract thinking more appropriate for second-year or more advanced courses. Especially for students at the intermediate level and beyond, En una palabra can assist them to understand how cultural values are reflected in a language.

The CD-ROM includes the following features to assist students' cultural comprehension:
transcription of each video
selective glossary
information about Sevilla and its region
web links for further exploration
information about the local dialect
easy navigation
navigational and technical help on the CD-ROM

There is also a free, online instructor's manual that offers suggestions for using the CD-ROM in the classroom at different levels. The content is presented entirely in Spanish and plays on both PCs and Macs, using the free program QuickTime.
' En una palabra is a welcome addition to any Spanish course. Obtaining real language, spoken by real people has always been a challenge for the language professor. It is this type of speech that our students need to hear more of, instead of the 'prepared' listening activities found in most textbooks.' -- Pilar Munday, coordinator for the Spanish Language Program, Sacred Heart University
Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret is the director of the Language Resource Center at Wesleyan University. Ana Perez-Girones is an adjunct associate professor of Romance Languages & Literatures at Wesleyan University.