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Yo puedo: para empezar

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Elizabeth Silvaggio-Adams, SUNY Geneseo

Rocío Vallejo-Alegre, SUNY Geneseo

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9781942341802

Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

Language: English

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Reviewed by Catherine Ortiz, Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Lower-Level Spanish Program, University of Texas at Arlington on 5/18/23

The textbook covers traditional topics and grammar points that would be taught in a first semester Spanish course (greetings, self-description, like and dislikes, family, student life, etc., and provides a detailed index and glossary. read more

Reviewed by Caitlin McClelland Methvin, visiting assistant professor, DePauw University on 5/3/23

The textbook uses a relatively mechanical approach for the purpose of developing language proficiency. There is a heavy emphasis on phonetics, which may prove helpful for instructors who want to focus on pronunciation. The textbook provides text... read more

Reviewed by Kate Neff, Lecturer, University of Virginia on 11/30/21

This textbook for true beginners presents vocabulary and grammar generally covered during first semester Spanish (it's important to note that this covers only first semester material; it does not introduce past tense). The focus is heavily on... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introducción
  • Unidad 1: Los sonidos del español
  • Unidad 2: ¿Quiénes somos?
  • Unidad 3: Mis planes
  • Unidad 4: En mi casa
  • Unidad 5: En la comunidad
  • Verbs: Spanish to English
  • Glosario Español
  • Glosario Inglés
  • Objetivos por unidad

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  • Milne Open Textbooks
  • About the Book

    You have learned two words in a second language just by reading the title of the book. Think about that for a moment and reflect upon your prior foreign language experiences. Often, students enter language classes with previously acquired skills, be they from secondary school or another college. Many say, “I have studied Spanish for years and don’t know how to speak or write it,” while others are a bit anxious about taking a second language for the first time, but all are overwhelmed by the expensive textbooks and online packages that don’t seem to be practical or relevant. We sought to change these common complaints by creating materials that take a new approach to learning a second language based upon the skills that we deem most useful and that will enable our students to confidently express themselves in Spanish.The text is designed for beginning Spanish language students. The pedagogical approach incorporates the flipped classroom methodology.

    About the Contributors


    Elizabeth Silvaggio-Adams, SUNY Geneseo

    Elizabeth Silvaggio-Adams and Rocío Vallejo-Alegre have been working together for 11 years, sharing their friendship and their passion for the Spanish language. They started at SUNY Geneseo teaching Spanish.  Together they developed a series of 3 books, Yo puedo;  Spanish for beginning and intermediate level students.  Yo puedo, or “I can” in English, seeks to share the magic that the Spanish-speaking world offers while giving students the tools to communicate with others with confidence.  In 2018 they started a program called “Learning English and Spanish TOGETHER” with the idea of breaking the language barrier by teaching English to migrant farm workers in Livingston County, helping them build a sense of belonging to the community. At the same time, the program created the opportunity for SUNY Geneseo students to practice their Spanish, develop teaching skills, and learn about other cultures as future global citizens. In summer 2020, with the goal of offering a sustainable program, a safe space for the continuity of English lessons and connecting families with community services, they decided to create a non-profit organization for this win-win program. In January 2021, Cultures Learning TOGETHER, Inc., the new non-profit organization, received the 501(c)(3) approval, a big milestone for TOGETHER. When you purchase their books, you also are part of this effort of building equity and inclusivity in the community as the royalties of the books are donated to “Cultures Learning TOGETHER, Inc”.

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