Sitios: A Community Inspired Approach to Spanish

Author(s): Cecilia McGinniss Kennedy, Ksenia Bonch Reeves

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2012


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Sitios opens the classroom door and provides a solid passage into a real and increasingly familiar Spanish-speaking world. Nearby university campuses, restaurants, stores, hospitals, and urban centers have become sites in local U.S. communities where Spanish exists alongside English, thus reflecting the rapid increase in Hispanic population. Through this introductory college-level text, new learners are provided with an opportunity to connect with the communities in which they already work, study and live – or with worldwide Hispanic communities online. In doing so, they gain the confidence they need to interact with Hispanic communities around the world.

The flexible, modular approach of Sitios allows instructors to incorporate any number of community-based, service-learning, and experiential learning activities depending on the needs of their programs and existing opportunities for community outreach and civic engagement. Versatile activities target the four skills and enable students to practice the five ‘C’s of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Sitios fully integrates the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, leading students to attain the level of “Novice High” as well as acquire some features of the “Intermediate Low” level.

Sitios features:

  • flexible delivery format for face-to-face, online, and hybrid instruction with in-class and online instructions for all activities
  • lessons organized in thematic clusters by places of interest in the community
  • Practical vocabulary with usage tips and alerts
  • cultural insights and links into Spanish-speaking communities in the US and abroad
  • writing activities based on students’ personal experiences
  • numerous structured opportunities for community connection

Capítulo 1 Tierra firme

Capítulo 2 El hogar

Capítulo 3 El restaurante hispano

Capítulo 4 El Mercado

Capítulo 5 El hospital

Capítulo 6 Espacios para celebrar

Capítulo 7 Al aire libre

Capítulo 8 Los museos

Capítulo 9 Destinos en el mundo hispano

Capítulo 10 Mi comunidad

Appendix 1 Rules of accentuation

Appendix 2 Spanish verbs

Appendix 3 Irregular verbs

Cecilia McGinniss Kennedy

Cecilia McGinniss Kennedy earned her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University and is an associate professor of English and Spanish at Clark State Community College in Spring?eld, Ohio.

Ksenia Bonch Reeves

Ksenia Bonch Reeves earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an associate professor of Spanish at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

“It’s an innovative and well-designed textbook that lives up to the program’s premise to establish and promote community connections while advancing standard-based learning of Spanish .. .   faculty will enjoy working with a flexible text that allows for classroom-based as well as distance learning knowing that they will be able to help their students connect to local and international Spanish communities.”


-Dr. Josef Hellebrandt, Santa Clara University


“What a refreshing idea! When most textbooks are competing in the implementation of impersonal technological programs, here we have a book that emphasizes personal contact even through technology.   A great way to become a better citizen!”


-Dr. Lucía T. Varona, Santa Clara University


“This is long overdue.  It is about time that there’s a textbook that builds a bridge between the language classroom and the community. I also like the fact that this book is designed for beginners, because the sooner you begin to contextualize language learning, the better.”


-Dr. Carlos Valencia, University of Richmond


“I think it’s exciting- I have never seen a first year textbook with this concept . . . .  I think a great deal of our students will relate to the message and immediately grasp the concept behind this textbook.”


-Dr. David Julseth:  Belmont University

Related ISBN's: 9781465286864, 9781465201997

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