The Asi es beginning Spanish program, one of the most successful in the nation, provides a solid grammatical foundation, strong skill-building tools for communicative success, and broad exposure to Hispanic culture. The cultural exposure that begins in the Asi es textbook is enhanced in the exceptional text-specific video program and text-specific CD-ROM. Throughout the textbook, video, and CD-ROM, as well as on the Asi es World Wide Web Site, students are exposed to the diversity and richness of the Hispanic world, its language, and its culture.
Each of the six units of Asi es corresponds to an area of the Spanish-speaking world, including Hispanics in the U.S. Culture is not presented as an "add on, " but is thoroughly "woven" in dialogues, exercises, activities, and readings. The cultural Gaceta segments, many of which have corresponding sections on the video, expose students to the diversity of the Hispanic world. Included in these segments are geography, customs, traditions, celebrations, music, and accents and speech patterns, as well as learning about many well-known Hispanic celebrities and how they share their culture.
New program components with this edition, such as an exhilarating new text-specific video, text-specific CD-ROM, text-specific World Wide Web Site, and the new Asi es Teaching Assistant/Adjunct Instructor Tool Box which includes 75 four-color text-specific Overhead Transparencies gives this popular program an even greater flexibility.