Dr. Joan L. Brown and Carmen Martín Gaite, Conversaciones creadoras
Dr. Joan L. Brown and Carmen Martín Gaite, Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation, fourth edition with Premium Website and Instructor Companion Website (Boston: Cengage 2015). This textbook implements a dynamic, learner-centered approach that encourages students to resolve meaningful and emotionally charged conflicts. Through action learning, students have the same kinds of experiences that they might have while living abroad. Chapters are set in many different countries and their practical themes include travel, relationships, food, housing, entertainment, and employment. The central mini-dramas for the textbook were written by renowned Spanish novelist Carmen Martín Gaite. New to the fourth edition is a Student Premium Website that extends each chapter with vocabulary flashcards and games, an award-winning short film, pronunciation practice, interviews with young people from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and web links for cultural research.