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Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

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Matthew Dean, Humboldt State University

Copyright Year: 2020

ISBN 13: 9781947112421

Publisher: Humboldt State University Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Slav Gratchev, Professor, Marshall University on 11/21/21

It does cover all essential areas that we normally require students to learn: University, family, at home, shopping, and leisure. The selection of vocabulary is appropriate but could be more rigorous. In my opinion it is good but too general;... read more

Reviewed by Ida Day, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Marshall University on 11/20/21

Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture by Matthew Dean (Humboldt State University) is a comprehensive introduction to the study of Spanish. It is organized in 5 thematic chapters (university, family, home, shopping, and hobbies) that... read more

Reviewed by Deanna Mihaly, Assistant Professor, Virginia State University on 7/26/21

The textbook covers the usual array of topics for a Spanish I course. The organization is stellar - with clear Table of Contents and ease of navigation. read more

Reviewed by Raúl Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latinx Studies and Spanish, Holyoke Community College on 6/29/21

The instructions for the activities and grammar explanations are quite long. It is better to have short and concise grammar explanations. read more

Reviewed by Kirsten Agla, Adjunct Professor, Massasoit Community College on 5/29/21

No glossary or index but there is a table of contents and the sections are very well organized. It is easy to find what you are looking for. read more

Reviewed by Alandra Giron, Associate Professor, Thomas Nelson Community College on 5/26/21

This book does a great job at covering vocabulary and grammatical structures for a beginner level Spanish course. However, the preterite and mandatos sections near the end of the book are often taught in higher level courses. There is no index or... read more

Reviewed by Melinda Heiner, Spanish Instructor, Community College of Aurora on 5/17/21

The textbook is very well organized and divided into 5 clear units. The opening page of each unit explicitly states the learning objectives. However, there is no general overview of the grammar topics given at the beginning of the text (in the... read more

Reviewed by Catalina Villar, Lecturer, Howard University on 5/10/21

Effective index and/or glossary was available at the beginning of each section (or unit). It may be useful to consolidate all these into one "central" index that shows everything from all sections all at once. When teaching throughout the semester... read more

Reviewed by Edgar Vargas, Lead Professor for World Languages, Community College of Aurora on 4/20/21

The content is understandable for the students and instructors. It has clear instructions and explanations. It covers the first basic topics in grammar and vocabulary. The textbook does not have some important content such as readings, videos, and... read more

Reviewed by Claudia Vestal, Spanish Instructor, Emory and Henry College on 4/14/21

For both teachers and students, the content, would be easy to understand. read more

Reviewed by Jane Hardy, Associate Professor of Spanish, Wabash College on 2/28/21

The book is very thorough in covering beginning topics of grammar and vocabulary. There are also very well-conceived and comprehensive student projects at the end of each chapter. However, the text is lacking in comprehensible input (readings,... read more

Reviewed by Maria Aldana Rogers, Adjunct Spanish Instructor, Lane Community College on 1/20/21

In my opinion the content of Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture covers the grammatical structures and vocabulary for the first two terms of the first year at college level. Spanish I is divided in five chapters and presents similar... read more

Reviewed by Evelyn Nadeau, Professor of Spanish, Clarke University, Clarke University on 1/2/21

The usual vocabulary topics and grammatical structures in a university-level first semester Spanish book are included, although there are also some less typical structures included in the last chapter, such as commands and past tenses (the... read more

Reviewed by Emily Scida, Professor, General Faculty, University of Virginia on 12/14/20

This textbook covers the vocabulary and grammar concepts typically covered in first-semester Spanish at the college level. The overall approach is a traditional grammar-focused one with presentation-practice-production. Each chapter presents a... read more

Reviewed by Andrea Dewees, Associate Professor, University of Alaska, Southeast on 11/29/20, updated 12/16/20

It covers most grammar and vocabulary topics (more so if it is for a quarter-based system), but it does not contain sufficient cultural material (realia, explanation, practice). (See ACTFL standards). For example, by p. 264 students should be able... read more

Reviewed by Ana M. Lopez-Aguilera, Assistant Professor, Bemidji State University on 11/11/20

The book Spanish I is a very complete textbook. It covers the topics, vocabulary, communicative situations, grammar structures and cultural information that a student at the elementary level needs to communicate in Spanish in everyday life. I feel... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1.En la universidad
  • 2. La familia
  • 3.En casa
  • 4.De compras
  • 5.Los pasatiempos

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  • About the Book

    This peer-reviewed textbook is designed for the true beginner with U.S. college students in mind. It contains themed chapters, which are divided into 8 sections. Each section has its own set of learning objectives, and is further separated into three types of assignments, Para estudiar en casa (with detailed explanations), Para practicar en casa (homework exercises), and Para practicar en clase (paired and group classwork activities). The explanations and primary input are written to be easily comprehensible. The individual exercises are geared towards acquisition of form and function, and the communicative classwork exercises promote interpersonal exchanges between students. The digital copy includes some embedded audio files, and we are developing a website to house many more resources.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Matthew Dean grew up speaking only English. As an undergraduate, he began his exploration of Spanish, fell in love with the language and cultures, and never looked back. He began teaching Spanish at San Diego State University in 1997. Currently, he is Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Humboldt State University. He has taught all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture, and directed several study abroad programs. As a non-native Spanish speaker, Dr. Dean understands the struggles of the language learner. He has taught Spanish to thousands of community college and university students and invites you to start your language adventure today. 

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