EntreCulturas 2 © 2017

Spanish
EntreCulturas 2 © 2017
Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Level 2 / Novice High — Intermediate Low

Overview

Level 2 recycles grammar, vocabulary, and culture with the content introduced and practiced in Level 1, and leverages communicative practice and comprehensible input strategies so that learners can acquire new vocabulary and grammar in context.

The proficiency-driven EntreCulturas program is all about teaching novice to intermediate students the Spanish language through the lens of interculturality, so they can discover appropriate ways to interact with others whose perspectives may be different from their own.

Each unit opens with essential questions, objectives expressed communicatively, and a short review section that explicitly shows students what they are expected to know in terms of vocabulary and grammar. Learners and educators are provided with numerous supports that make communicative tasks around authentic resources, formative checks, and summative IPAs feel natural and individualized. The online Explorer® provides all audio-visual resources, scaffolding, vocabulary, and grammar reinforcement, including flipped classroom videos, with all activities tied to an online portfolio to upload performance evidence.

The educator-author team considered a variety of learner and educator styles in the backward design of the series. The program integrates all of the 2017 ACTFL World-Readiness Standards, and aligns with or exceeds every state's language standards. Content includes IB® and AP® task types and themes without compromising on our commitment to empower each learner to communicate in the real world. Units are clearly organized with ample strategies and support offered in the textbook, on the Learning Site, and in a constantly growing community of proficiency practitioners.

Features

  • EntreCulturas nurtures your learners' interculturality by layering in reflection on the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking communities, as well as how diverse language, culture, geography, and environments affect the world around them.

  • Can-do statements in each unit of EntreCulturas show learners a direct connection between tasks and what they are aiming to be able to do in Spanish. They also support learners' social and emotional learning in developing skills and attitudes within the five dimensions of CASEL's Instruction and Classroom Climate Core (the CASEL 5).

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

  • EntreCulturas contains performance-based formative and summative assessments throughout each level. We also provide loads of teacher supports to foster your success, including assessment guidelines, rubrics for IPAs, analytic and holistic rubrics, and more.

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

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

  • Each teacher edition of EntreCulturas guides you in 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.

  • Wayside provides additional strategies and support through our numerous outreach efforts - complimentary professional development, podcasts, blogs, newsletters, and opportunities for connection with our thought leaders in our Facebook groups.

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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. "

Interview with Stephanie Shepherd

ACTFL 2019

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

I've been using levels one and two with my first and second year learners for a year and a half. I like it because it's very clear and is effective as an entry-level proficiency tool. The learners like it because they aren't as scared as they are of other textbooks. The material is made to be accessible to THEM. The lay out is easy to follow and even the font is approachable, which for entry level learning is very helpful. For some of my learners, they have difficultly even leaving their own neighborhood. I appreciate the content and resources that show younger students "a true and honest source" that they can connect to, that looks like something in the real world that they might see in a store or on TV or on the internet at home. When there is integrity to the learning through authenticity, it motivates the kids to stay in the target language.

Edward Perez

Spanish Teacher, Baltimore, MD

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

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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.

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