Dicho y hecho. En vivo edition Study Guide

Dicho y hecho. En vivo edition "takes a student-centered, conversational approach" to beginning language learning (xii), meaning that this textbook is designed to give students ample opportunity interpreting (hearing and reading) Spanish as well as regular practice developing interpersonal skills in Spanish (by speaking with and listening to classmates). Through this program, students will also have to opportunity to develop their skills in consultation with a native-speaker language coach via regularly scheduled weekly conversation sessions.

The following is a guide for preparing for successful study in this course, but each student is encouraged to develop a preparation method that suits his or her learning style and needs.

The program consists of a textbook and an on-line program, both of which should be consulted regularly. For the on-line portion of the program, the student is directed to for more information, including information on getting set up with the Live Learning language coach component of the course.

Each chapter of the book follows a predictable format, an understanding of which will aid the student in effective use of study time.

The Chapter Opener page presents the theme and communicative goals of the chapter. Use this as a checklist for studying, paying particular note to the "by the end of this chapter you will be able to..." section.

The Así se dice sections present vocabulary in a contextualized, visual way.

Así se forma presents grammar, focusing particular on the functional applications of a particular grammatical concept.

Actividades give students communicative practice activities, moving from input- to output-based exercises in a structured way.

Nota de lengua sections related finely detailed and focused linguistic information.

Cultura sections focus on geographical regions or the thematic unit of each chapter and give the student structured reading practice. Nota cultural sections focus on particular cultural products, practices and people in a discrete way.

Situaciones present topics for role play practice, particularly focused on completing a particular task such as ordering food in a restaurant or completing a purchase.

Dichos are particular idiomatic expressions that students might wish to practice pronouncing and discussion a comparative way with their instructor.

The Dicho y hecho section closes the chapter and offers strategies for discrete skills development as follows:

  • Para leer presents a thematically relevant reading with pre-reading and post-reading activities integrated.
  • Para conversar presents a supported conversational topic related to the chapter theme.
  • Para escribir activities guide students through a writing activity in a structured, step-by-step way.
  • Para ver y escuchar activities link to a documentary-style video, with pre-viewing, viewing and post-viewing activities incorporated in the textbook.

Finally, the Dicho en vivo section gives structured support for students' live coaching sections and connects the conversation topics of the coaching sessions to the thematic unit of the chapter in an active, communicative and culturally relevant way. This section includes:

  • A Repaso with focused review of vocabulary and grammar from the chapter.
  • The La lengua en vivo section, which focuses on interpersonal conversational topics
  • The La cultura en vivo section, which encourages the students to make and explore cultural comparisons with their language coach and their peers.


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