Learning a language is fun when you enjoy what you’re doing. Good materials are important, just like a good teacher (and lots of practice and patience!). Try different materials and approaches to find what works for you. My students and I have road-tested these Spanish books and materials, and we’ve found them helpful along the path to fluency.
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- “Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso”, ISBN 978-0-9836958-0-2. Class text for Miracosta College winter 2015 class “Spanish Story & Conversation” starting Jan 29, 2015. A short and entertaining suspense story story completely in Spanish that takes place in Spain at the time of the Civil War. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.com.
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- El viaje de su vida. Class text for Miracosta College 2014 Fall class “Spanish Story & Conversation” starting Sept 11, 2014. A short and entertaining suspense story completely in Spanish that takes place aboard a cruise to the Yucatan.
- Casi se muere. Class text for Miracosta College 2014 Spring class “Spanish Through Story & Conversation” starting April 17, 2014. A brief, easy and engaging story completely in Spanish, with a taste of romance, about a young American woman studying Spanish in Chile.
- 1- Practical Spanish Grammar. For beginners to advanced. A self-teaching guide with easy-to-grasp explanations of grammar, useful vocabulary, practice dialogs and lots of workbook exercises with answers included.
- 2- Schaum’s Easy Outline of Spanish. Excellent grammar reference book. Concise, easy-to-follow explanations. (No workbook exercises.) Easy-to-carry, smaller-sized book.
- 3- 50 Ways to Improve Your Spanish. Great book for smoothing off the rough edges — featuring 50 stand-alone lessons on the most common mistakes English-speaking students make when speaking Spanish. (No workbook exercises.) Easy-to-carry, smaller-sized book.
- Patricia va a California. Class text for Miracosta College 2013 Fall class “Spanish Through Story & Conversation”. A brief and easy novel completely in Spanish about a young Guatemalan woman who visits the United States as an exchange student. A great way to practice your Spanish, even if you didn’t take the class.
- Pobre Ana. Class text for Miracosta College 2013 summer class “Spanish Through Story & Conversation”. A brief and easy novel completely in Spanish about a young American woman who goes to live in Mexico, an experience that changes her outlook on life. A great way to practice your Spanish, even if you didn’t take the class.
- 4- Easy Spanish Step-by-Step. Easy-to-follow grammar explanations with lots of great practice exercises and readings. Answer key included. Levels: Beginner to Advanced.
- 5- Spanish Vocabulary Chart. A handy, laminated fold-out chart of the most essential Spanish vocabulary, includes alphabet, pronunciation and numbers.