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Beginning Spanish ¡Empecemos por aquí!

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Jenny Ceciliano, Portland State University

Lisa Notman, Portland State University

Copyright Year: 2021

Last Update: 2022

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Brandan Grayson, Professor of Spanish, Anderson University on 6/14/22

I commend this text for its comprehensiveness. It is laid out in 3 units (meant for a quarter or trimester system) but these 3 large units (w/two subunits each) adapt to a semester system too. There is significant instructor support in a Google... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: La clase de espanol
  • Chapter 2: Las personas y las perspectivas
  • Chapter 3: La cultura y los viajes
  • Chapter 4: La vida que vivimos
  • Chapter 5: Nuestro pasado
  • Chapter 6: El cambio y el futuro

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  • About the Book

    Beginning Spanish ¡Empecemos por aquí! focuses on the development of communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes while centering student voices. Activities engage learners in real exchanges of information on topics that are relevant to adult students. In addition to language-acquisition learning outcomes, this text supports learning outcomes in diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural sustainability, and social justice.

    About the Contributors


    Jenny Ceciliano has taught language to adults for over two decades. She is currently a senior instructor II and coordinator of first-year Spanish at Portland State University (PSU). Her professional interests include language pedagogy, adult learners, open education, and Spanish phonetics and phonology. She holds an MA in Spanish (2006) and an MA in educational leadership and policy (2015), both from PSU. Her research has focused on postsecondary, continuing, and adult education, and in 2021, she began doctoral studies in educational leadership and policy. Outside of work, her greatest joy is time spent with her children, Michelle and Joey, and in nature.

    Lisa Notman, coauthor, is an adjunct senior instructor of Spanish at PSU. She received BAs in English, Spanish, and arts and letters from PSU. She also completed an MA in Spanish (2017) and an MS in educational leadership and policy (2020), with graduate certificates in teaching adult learners and service learning and community-based learning. Her current areas of interest include social justice pedagogy, comprehensible input, and open educational resources. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys reading, hiking, and camping around the Northwest

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