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Portafolio, Vol. 2
Portafolio, Vol. 2

Portafolio, Vol. 2, 1st Edition

ISBN10: 007723619X | ISBN13: 9780077236199
By Alicia Ramos and Robert L. Davis
© 2009

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Today’s students have sensibilities and needs that are very different from those of even ten years ago. Visual and auditory media have changed dramatically in recent years; most textbooks have not kept pace with these changes. Student purchasing habits have also changed dramatically.

Portafolio addresses these changes by offering students a visually and aurally innovative and exciting introductory Spanish program, one that also offers new purchasing options. The design of Portafolio is colorful, lively and easy-to-navigate; the program includes an array of video, audio and print components, integrated with the textbook in a variety of ways to address individual learning styles; and the program is available in an innovative two-volume soft-cover format, which allows students to purchase only the portion they are using in the current semester.

These exciting new features and purchasing options are designed to address the needs of the students in your classroom today!

Portafolio-to-Go is a special link on the Portafolio Online Learning Center that houses downloadable digital assets. Students are able to easily access and download to their mp3 player key resources that support the Portafolio program.

The online assets include:

  • The full laboratory audio program that coordinates with the Workbook/Laboratory Manuals. (Free)
  • The full video program that coordinate with the "Charla con" video feature of the textbook. (Free)
  • The Spanish Grammar Tutorials. Students will have access to a set of five of the 51 Spanish Grammar Tutorials free of charge. If they want access to the entire set of 51, they can purchase directly online through the e-commerce system for a nominal fee of $15.00 for the complete set. Students will be directed to the e-commerce system through the Portafolio-to-Go site if they wish to make a purchase.
  • Capítulo 8

    Ritmos de la vida


    Los deportes
    Los pasatiempos


    8.1 Irregular Forms of the Preterite
    8.2 Stem-Changing Verbs in the Preterite

    Charla con Mitch


    Fiestas y diversions


    8.3 Negative words
    8.4 Using Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

    Portafolio cultural: Puerto Rico

    Región: Lengua e identidad en Puerto Rico
    Actualidad: La cuestión del estatus de Puerto Rico
    Cartelera: Ritmos caribeños
    Icono: Roberto Clemente
    Gente: Hablan los puertorriqueños
    Opinión: Los hispanos y el beísbol
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 9

    Fiestas y tradiciones


    La frecuencia
    Las etapas de la vida


    9.1 The Imperfect

    Charla con Juan


    ¿Qué fiestas celebrabas de niño/a?
    ¿Cómo te sentías?


    9.2 Gustar (Review)
    9.3 Other Verbs Like gustar

    Portafolio cultural: Cuba

    Nación: La Habana Vieja
    Actualidad: El sistema político y la sociedad cubana
    Cartelera: Fiestas tradicionales cubanas
    Icono: Picadillo
    Gente: Hablan los cubanos
    Opinión: Los cubanos en los Estados Unidos
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 10

    Viajes y paisajes


    Los medios de transporte
    De viaje


    10.1 Preterite vs. Imperfect
    10.2 More about the Present Participle

    Charla con Nina


    Destinos urbanos
    La identidad regional


    10.3 The Present Perfect
    10.4 Lo + Adjective

    Portafolio cultural: Argentina

    Nación: La comunidad judía en Argentina
    Actualidad: De la crisis económica a la estabilidad
    Cartelera: La alimentación argentina
    Icono: Carlos Gardel
    Gente: Hablan los argentinos
    Opinión: Buenos Aires
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 11

    Identidad e integración


    Para cruzar la frontera


    <5>11.1 Hace + Time + que
    11.2 Por and para (Summary)

    Charla con Yolanda


    La identidad bicultural


    11.3 Expressing Unexpected or Unplanned Actions
    11.4 Adverbs

    Portafolio cultural: La frontera

    Nación: Las ciudades fronterizas
    Actualidad: Culturas y generaciones
    Cartelera: La Tejano Music
    Icono: La leyenda de la Llorona
    Gente: Hablan los hispanos
    Opinión: La inimgración latina
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 12

    Cómo ganarse la vida


    El mundo del trabajo


    12.1 Formal Commands
    Charla con Susana


    ¿Qué hago para buscar empleo?


    12.2 Familiar Commands
    12.3 Reciprocal Actions

    Portafolio cultural: Chile

    Nación: La inmigración alemana a Chile
    Actualidad: Michelle Bachelet, primera presidenta de Chile
    Cartelera: Chile, tierra de poetas
    Icono: La Isla de Pascua
    Gente: Hablan los chilenos
    Opinión: Las mujeres y la sociedad chilena
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 13

    Los medios de comunicación


    El periódico en línea
    La comunicación electrónica
    La television y el cine


    13.1 The Present Subjunctive
    13.2 Basic Uses of the Present Subjunctive

    Charla con David


    La política y la comunicación en Centroamérica


    13.3 The Subjunctive with Expressions of Doubt
    13.4 The Subjunctive with Expressions of Emotion

    Portafolio cultural: Centroamérica

    Nación: El canal de Panamá
    Actualidad: Transformación en Nicaragua
    Cartelera: La diversidad lingüística en Guatemala
    Icono: La ropa maya
    Gente: Hablan los centroamericanos
    Opinión: Los periódicos nicaragüenses
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 14

    Regiones y etnias


    La sociedad peruana


    14.1 The Subjunctive with Noun Antecedents
    14.2 Comparisons

    Charla con Sandra


    Los problemas socials


    14.3 The Future Tense
    14.4 The Subjunctive with Future Actions

    Portafolio cultural: Perú

    Nación: La cultura precolombina del Perú
    Actualidad: Laura Bozzo
    Cartelera: La cocina peruana
    Icono: Machu Picchu
    Gente: Hablan los peruanos
    Opinión: El prejuicio en el Perú
    Mi portafolio

    Capítulo 15

    Amor y amistad


    Las amistades


    15.1 The Conditional
    15.2 Results and Consequences

    Charla con Gustavo


    Para formar Pareja


    15.3 The Subjunctive (Summary)

    Portafolio cultural: Paraguay y Uruguay

    Nación: El Chaco
    Actualidad: Uruguay, país moderno
    Cartelera: Citas en ciberespacio
    Icono: El mate
    Gente: Hablan los uruguayos
    Opinión: Nombres similares, países diferentes
    Mi portafolio

    About the Author

    Alicia Ramos

    Alicia Ramos is Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of the basic language program in French, Italian, and Spanish at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, has served on the faculties of Barnard College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and as Assistant Director of the Spanish School at Middlebury College. Dr. Ramos’ interests include methodology and materials development for courses from the elementary through advanced levels, including courses for Spanish speakers. Dr. Ramos has published in the field of Hispanic literature and has co-authored intermediate and advanced level textbooks including Cofre literario (2003, McGraw-Hill), a literary reader for the intermediate and advanced levels.

    Robert L. Davis

    Robert L. Davis is Associate Professor and the Director of the Spanish Language Program at the University of Oregon and Assistant Director of the Spanish Summer Language School at Middlebury College. He teaches courses in Spanish language, historical linguistics, and teaching methodology. His interests include language pedagogy and materials development, in particular the development of language skills within content-based instruction. He has written an advanced oral skills textbook and articles on language pedagogy, materials development, and language program direction.

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