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Communicating in Spanish - Elementary/Novice Level

Communicating in Spanish - Elementary/Novice Level

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Learn Practical, Everyday Spanish

The purpose of the series Communicating in Spanish is to provide the learner with the language needed to survive in situations in which Spanish must be used. The major focus of the series is to give the learner essential vocabulary needed to communicate in everyday life. The type of vocabulary found in this series is frequently not presented in basic textbooks. For this reason, many students of Spanish are reduced to silence when they attempt to use the language to meet their everyday needs. The objective of this series is to overcome this frustrating problem and to enable the learner to express himself or herself in practical situations.

This first book in the series presents vocabulary needed to survive at an elementary level of proficiency and is intended for the student who has not had a great deal of exposure to the Spanish language. As an example, this book enables the student to make a telephone call and leave a message. Many other such basic situations are presented.

Since each chapter focuses on a real-life situation, the answers to most exercises and activities are open-ended. The learner should feel free to respond to any exercise based on his or her personal situation. When doing the exercises, one should not focus on grammatical accuracy. The possibility of making an error should not inhibit the learner from responding in a way that is, in fact, comprehensible to any native speaker of the language.

In each lesson, the section entitled Situaciones sets up hypothetical situations the learner may encounter while attempting to survive in a Spanish-speaking milieu. In carrying out the instructions in these activities, the student should react using any Spanish he or she knows. Again, the student should not be inhibited by fear of making an error.

Book (138 pages) plus Cassette