Ritmos is a first-year college Spanish textbook designed to help students reach intermediate proficiency in Spanish while gaining a well-rounded understanding of everyday life in Spanish-speaking countries. Ritmos works well for a fast moving one-year course, as well as beginning sequences that are spread over three semesters.
With Auf geht’s! we want our students to see themselves as growing bilingual members of the global community. To achieve this, we strongly emphasize cultural content and developing intercultural communicative competence, because language skills are not enough to develop both translingual and transcultural competence.
The interactive software presents the bulk of the vocabulary, cultural learning and especially listening activities outside of class, preparing students for writing and classroom activities.
Different learning media have strengths and weaknesses. we strive to use multimedia, print, and classroom-based tasks in creative ways though out our curriculum. This allows the strengths of each medium to be emphasized, enhancing student learning.
All materials, as an authentic form of content-based education, are about real people and seek to reinforce the broad cultural understanding necessary to engage with people from German-speaking countries.
When communicating with people from different backgrounds, cultural skills are just as important as language skills. Ritmos sets cultural learning on equal footing with language learning, since language and culture are inextricably bound and both are key to future success in life. All materials, as an authentic form of content-based education, are about real people and seek to reinforce the broad cultural understanding necessary to engage with people from Spanish-speaking countries.
Learner focused interactions
Integrated multiple media
The Auf geht’s! Lernbuch has a robust, model-based writing program far beyond anything in traditional textbooks. Normally, student writing at the novice level is very limited, and attempts to write beyond their level result either in incomprehensible German or, when students give up, computer-translated text. By providing thorough scaffolding through writing models, students can “bootstrap” their writing and produce meaningful written discourse that is level appropriate and develops their awareness of how German works in a successful manner.