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Portafolio: ¡Lo último en español!

Alicia Ramos, Hunter College
Robert L. Davis, University of Oregon

ISBN: 0077236181
Copyright year: 2009

Portafolio is a new kind of teaching and learning program: a dynamic introductory Spanish experience that brings together a magazine-like core text with student-friendly digital assets, including downloadable audio and video files. It offers the guidance that beginning Spanish students and new instructors need, as well as the flexibility that all students and instructors want. Created in response to student and instructor feedback on the importance of visual appeal, brevity, portability, and function in the printed textbook and digital materials, Portafolio is the first of its kind.

Do you hear complaints about the price or design of printed textbooks in your student evaluations? Portafolio responds to the suggestions and feedback collected from more than 4,000 students who participated in large-scale survey research and ethnographic studies recently undertaken by McGraw-Hill.

Students say they want a program that is:

  • light and easy to carry
  • interesting, modern, fun, and like the other things they read
  • less expensive
  • supported by print and digital supplements that help them learn and succeed in the course
  • available in a variety of formats

In addition, as you know, language students—particularly beginners—bring to the classroom a genuine desire to learn, even if they simply are fulfilling a requirement. Whether or not they express it in these words, students want their instructor to subscribe to a methodology that is informed by the latest research in second language acquisition. They want activities that have been class-tested and proven effective. They want to develop basic communication skills in Spanish. And they want to learn about the diversity of Hispanic cultures. Portafolio delivers on all of these objectives—and more.

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