EntreCulturas 1

Spanish
EntreCulturas 1
Companion Reader Edition
Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Level 1 / Novice Low — Novice High

Overview

In Level 1 of the four-book EntreCulturas series, students build the language skills, personal attitudes, and cultural insights necessary to experience life "entre culturas," using Spanish to connect with people.

EntreCulturas 1

Wayside Publishing is proud to present the EntreCulturas Companion Reader Edition, our proficiency-based Spanish language series with an emphasis on literacy and interculturality.

The EntreCulturas 1 Companion Reader Edition includes the comprehensible input reader, Los quince de Raquel. This engaging novel supports the themes, Essential Questions, language structures, and vocabulary found in EntreCulturas 1.

Los quince de Raquel

Raquel is on the verge of turning 15 over the summer. All she wants is a new phone and to celebrate with her friends, but her parents have other plans.

This novel was written to pair with EntreCulturas 1 and targets the Novice Mid to Novice High proficiency range. It is highly comprehensible through a focus on high-frequency vocabulary, cognates, and low unique word count. Teachers can confidently use Los quince de Raquel with their students at the end of Level 1 without the need for pre-teaching vocabulary.
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EntreCulturas 1 Features

  • Each teacher edition of EntreCulturas shows you how to incorporate proficiency-based instruction into your classroom, provides ample tips and suggestions throughout each unit, and includes a helpful section on teaching strategies. We also provide assessment guidelines, rubrics for IPAs, analytic and holistic rubrics, and more, on Learning Site®.

  • The EntreCulturas series includes AP® and IB themes from the very beginning. Teacher resources in the front and end matter of the Teacher Edition outline the themes and subthemes, so you can start your learners on the right foot.

  • EntreCulturas 1 is chock-full of unit-aligned authentic resources from across the Spanish-speaking world, like podcasts, news stations, video bloggers, and more.

  • The U.S.-based authors of EntreCulturas, all educators and leaders in the field, considered a variety of learner and educator styles in the backward design of the series.

  • Assignable Can-Do statements in each unit of EntreCulturas 1 show learners a direct connection between tasks and what they are aiming to be able to do in Spanish. Learners can upload completed Can-Do assignments to their student portfolios to show growth, and when it is time to evaluate their learning, students can complete performance-based formative and summative assessments.

  • EntreCulturas 1 nurtures your learners' interculturality by reflecting on the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking communities, as well as on how diverse languages, cultures, geography, and environments affect the world around them.

  • Wayside has more than 60 Spanish CI/ADI readers, and our library continues to grow. With our leveled EntreCulturas 1 CI/ADI Correlation Guide, you will be sure to find plenty of readers to fit your learners' needs.

  • EntreCulturas 1 fully aligns with ACTFL's World-Readiness Standards and incorporates the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, performance descriptors, and proficiency guidelines.

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"I teach Spanish 1 and 2 using EntreCulturas and this is my third year using the program. All of the resources are very intuitive. It's easy for me to navigate the Learning Site and find resources that learners need for each lesson. It's easy for me to find the formative assessments, to assign them, and to adjust the attempts they get to receive a passing grade.

The learners like it a lot because it's very fresh. For example in the food unit, there is discussion around food trucks and the kids love it and it's easy for them to relate. Something that hit me and that I love about the family unit is how there are nontraditional families represented. It's easy for my kids to look at the images and see people who look like them. "

Stephanie Shepherd

I love how Wayside Publishing honors the Hispanic community in the United States of America in their Spanish language textbook series, EntreCulturas. It's refreshing. It’s good when the first, second and third things you see in the table of contents are related to culture instead of grammar. Great job!

Diego Ojeda

Educator,

Other texts claim to use culture as a vehicle for learning the target language. So, the primary question is: Does EntreCulturas succeed in presenting L2 language learning through an authentic lens of the cultures of Spanish speaking people from countries that offer an incredible amount of diversity in language, food, history, folklore and race?

The answer is yes! EntreCulturas 1 has succeeded with the integration of a culture-based presentation with Spanish language acquisition. Students learn by immersion into a cultural experience of Spanish-speaking natives and are then able to discuss their findings in class through authentic dialog.

Another question arises: Will this be another text with chapters that attempt to cover so much vocabulary, grammar, culture, and text-generated conversation that the instructor has to choose how much to leave out?

No! The presentation is not so ambitious that it presents time limitations. The model and “real” classroom presentation are a perfect fit.

NECTFL Review, Issue 86

This is the only textbook series that incorporates comprehensible input strategies and has supports from Level 1 to prepare students for the AP® exam.

Cynthia

Spanish Teacher, Florida

Each book comes with a subscription to Learning Site®

The Interactive Digital Textbook

Your FlexText® is the page-by-page digital version of the textbook and is available through your Explorer® class or the FlexText® Library link on your Dashboard. Don't want to bring home your textbook? No problem! FlexText® is available wherever there is internet access.

A Community Bulletin Board

Learners and teachers alike use the Classroom Forum anytime as their online community bulletin board. Teachers love posting lesson openers, polls, links to external resources, and more. And students can comment, exchange GIFS, and upload audio, videos, and photos.

Learning to hold a conversation

Mock conversations with pre-recorded conversation prompts challenge your learners to hone their conversational skills. Learners record themselves replying to comments and questions, and the recorded conversations can be added to their portfolio as an artifact.

Tracking Their Own Progress

Online student portfolios follow learners from unit to unit, level to level. Students can upload evidence of what they can do in the language - assigned Can-Do statements, activities, quizzes, audio files, PowerPoint and Word files, and more. This allows them to set goals and reflect on their progress related to Can-Do Statements.

Efficient, Integrated Grading

Use the online calendar to remind students of upcoming assignments and deadlines, assign tasks to specific learners or an entire class, and more. Explorer® lets you know when your students complete their work and alerts students as soon as you’ve graded. Grade each quiz question response without opening each question in Explorer®. Automatic grading is available where appropriate.

More Than 200 Ideas

Wayside’s Instructional Strategies Toolkit provides loads of instructional ideas and approaches that can be filtered by mode, skill, proficiency level, activity type, learning style, and more! Whether you are a new teacher or want to find new strategies, the toolkit provides built-in world language methodology and pedagogy training at any time.

Additional Resources

Complete the EntreCulturas Collection

Textbook

EntreCulturas 1A & 1B

Communicate, explore, and connect across cultures

Novice Low — Novice High
Textbook

EntreCulturas 2

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Novice High — Intermediate Low
Textbook

EntreCulturas 3

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Intermediate Low — Intermediate Mid
Textbook

EntreCulturas 4

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Intermediate Mid — Intermediate High

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