The text in Spanish contains no grammatical errors. One one level this is a great story, but on so many other levels it touches on the Great Migration and class and society - and also how regular folks cross many divides to simply just support each other through life. The layout could be improved to aid its readability. Length: 11 hours 53 minutes, “I can’t think of a more perfect novel to recommend to book lovers than The Paris Library! However, I would like to have an index on the... The activity directions are also consistently clear. Definitely the best book that I've listened to (and read) so far this year.”, By Chanel Miller I didn't see a lot of culture that was "super trendy"--shouldn't become obsolete very soon. Besides, the author includes some translation whenever it is considered necessary. read more. This is not a "you can do it, girl!" Once I was on that page, I saw that the expressions where there but that I had to go to the vocabulary list at the end of the chapter on page 235 to find out the meaning of those expressions. I appreciate the comments on more modern and politically correct ways of addressing/referring to racial differences and using appropriate pronouns with transgender or non-binary folks. More examples could have been included. Narrated by: January LaVoy I do not see a lack of organization on this textbook. Informative and able to cover some basic curiosity about the Spanish speaking world. While Sankofa cannot remember her name, she does remember her past as she travels from town to town. Length: 14 hours 43 minutes, “In this literal master class on literature and writing, Saunders earnestly yet playfully dissects 19th-century Russian short stories to discover how they exude life to this very day, while highlighting methods any aspiring writer can employ. Each one of the ten chapters is divided into smaller sections that can be assigned independently or as a whole. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind – Pema Chödrön. Because it is not a charming puzzle box of references to multiple plays: it's the history of Shakespeare's depth of feeling, renewed in a story every strong and imaginative woman will find core-shaking and inspiring.”, By Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi Libro Libre: Beginning Spanish is most appropriate for a 2-semester beginner sequence, with 400+ pages covering grammar commonly seen at these levels. Topics are presented in a logical, clear fashion and progress from easy to more challenging. I like the fact that the book has a good variety of easy and well illustrated cultural readings. Something like “Speak Spanish” is too broad, we need to focus on the steps we need to take to get there and the signs that we will see as proof of our progress. The terminology used is also consistent with the professional standards in the field. Grammar explanations are fairly clear (although several of them could be more concise) but I found the overall contextual clarity of the book to be lacking. read more. Reviewed by Danilo Leon, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 10/29/19, Libro Libre is a comprehensive textbook. Length: 8 hours 39 minutes, “This modern reimagining of Jane Eyre tells the story of Jane, a young woman with a secretive past living under an assumed name who works as a dog walker in a luxurious subdivision of Birmingham, Alabama, and has a penchant for stealing from her wealthy employers. The modules can be divided by the chapters or Capítulos shown on the table of contents. Length: 16 hours 44 minutes, As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. Reviewed by Oriol Casanas, Spanish Affiliate Instructor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 3/6/20, This textbook seems to be consistent chapter after chapter on what it has to offer: a cultural section at the beginning of the chapter, a list of objectives, introduction to vocabulary, grammar, etc. The production was on point. Each unit includes objectives and different activities read more. Kendall dives deep and doesn't pull punches, but she doesn't seek to shame either. American Dirt may not be every immigrant's story, but the story told is an important one and makes me want to know more about the real lives of people experiencing these living nightmares. The Night Watchman is one of Edrich's best works and I highly recommend it!”, By Amor Towles Table of Contents clearly shows where to find each topic, although the order of introduction is sometimes unusual (e.g., imperfect before preterit). The aspects that I mentioned before are easy to be corrected, the most important fact is that the book is consistent in everything related to content. In the first chapter of the index, for example, it reads... The organization is methodical. (The books’s format is like reading a documentary script. The only downside is that some activity responses that need a QR code would need another device in order to get it, not just with a click. The vocabulary list appears twice on each chapter: first, when it is most needed to accomplish a task, and it comes with links to audio (YouTube) to listen to their pronunciation; and second at the end of the chapter, but without a link to audio. I do not care for the use of the '@' symbol to indicate variability according to gender in nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. The way the author organizes the book is just perfect for the students to reflect on the objectives and goals that they need to reach in each chapter. It also includes activities that can be filled out in the textbook, so there is no need for an exercise book. I have noticed that occasionally some activities have grammar points that have not yet been studied, which could confuse the student. Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey In my experience teaching Spanish one of the important points that students like is the cultural topics. Sign up for emails to get all the latest news, including special offers, bookseller recommendations, app updates, and more! Complete coherent modules. I found a few grammar and spelling mistakes, but for the most part it works. Listening to the author read it was so raw and engaging. It includes links to videos with grammar explanations available on youtube. . The topics in this book are more or less the same topics that all beginning Spanish textbooks cover however the lack of input and meaningful communicative output is very dated. Then, each chapter introduces an excessive amount of learning objectives: most books only have 4 learning objectives in each chapter. I like too that there is one section on this textbook that covers differences between the words “more”, “very”, and “much”. That is true for most or all language textbooks. The goals we set should be specific and achievable. Length: 17 hours 30 minutes, “Shuggie Bain is sad, but there’s so much more to it than that. The Book of Joshua marks the fulfillment of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, for God fulfills his promises to Joshua, the successor to Moses, by leading them to the Promised Land. This typo occurs in every chapter and always with a Spanish-English vocabulary table. Narrated by: George Saunders, Phylicia Rashad, Nick Offerman, Glenn Close, Keith David, Rainn Wilson, BD Wong & Renée Elise Goldsberry Narrated by: Amy Landon Because it includes videos and audio, it may be best to use it while connected to the internet. Students will get a lot of class practice. 5 of 5 stars!”, By Delia Owens "—The Washington Post A New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick! In that area it covers grammar points typical of a first year book. Tel: 1-866-649-3445 Fax: 1-866-449-3445 E-mail: read more. Seeing this book was an interesting start, though, and it will be exciting to see where the journey of OERs for foreign language might lead us in the future. Rosalyn Landor did a great job differentiating among characters, translating the humor from page to audio, and keeping me invested in the story. She introduces the third person non-binary pronoun “elle” (non-gendered, singular) in her book. For example, at the time of giving this review, the word “Objectivos” is still misspelled. I didn't notice anything offensive in the book's cultural representations. Can Theo unleash Alicia’s closely guarded secrets without suffering the consequences or will her madness destroy him and all he has overcome? In my opinion Libro Libre does not have any accuracy problem. Length: 12 hours 25 minutes, “Witty and sharp and twisty, this mystery will be just your cup of tea! The only sections that stand out in stark contrast with such a traditional approach are the “pre-chapter activities,” which seem to be more aligned with a communicative or task-based approach. Over 400 pages I have cried, I have laughed, I have been educated, and I have been enlightened. I do not see any student getting lost with technical terminology. Libro Libre covers basic grammar for beginners in a very simple way so that it becomes easy for learners to comprehend. Thus, it is 'in conversation' with the times and is a great way to inform students of how language is adapting. It has writing activities and interactive-speaking activities that were done in a creative way. International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. If you go to print page 170, you will get page 169. A great audiobook as well.”, By Mateo Askaripour Such a Fun Age tackles complex issues — race, gender, economic status, and the intersection of them all — yet remains accessible. well, it feels like forever. Surprisingly, metalinguistic terminology is used in the "objectives" at the end of each chapter, which make the learning objectives seem less meaningful and entirely focused on explicit grammar knowledge, such as "recall irregular preterite forms." Audio and video ancillary materials are available on YouTube and are hyperlinked in the text. The book uses resources that are temporarily sensitive, but mostly is a general, introduction book, easy to implement and even available for self-study used. The book doesn't include any quiz, exam or review activity at the end of any chapter which would be nice to have. I also appreciate that it regularly incorporates cognates, suffix and prefix exercises (all of this increases students' language awareness and expands their vocabulary). For example, chapter 5 goes over food, professions, and nationalities. I would add a note or tip for students and in the very next paragraph the author would explain/add essentially the same thing! Likewise, trans-gender and non-binary pronouns are also explicitly discussed, given the gendered nature of the language. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly... Read more », By Julia Quinn The content is up-to-date and culturally relevant. It is well organized and relevant. The book is available in PDF format which makes it easy to download. By the time I reached the ripe old age of 40, the book was about to hit its tenth anniversary and Brené Brown was not just a household name but someone whose books, podcast, and talks have influenced me and millions of others. By Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain This is not your typical audiobook. Narrated by: Lindy West All in all, for a language textbook meant for novice-level learners ("beginning Spanish"), it does not provide enough comprehension-based (input) activities, and it moves too quickly from one section to the next. I have not detected any big errors in my review, although I detected some typographical errors. There are some details that I consider confusing for the students, for example, on page 73 there are three lists of weather expressions and the author uses capital letter in the middle of the sentence. It also seems that the order of presentation could occasionally hinder natural conversation practice (e.g., introducing “las materias” on p.23, but not the verb “estudiar” until p.91). Then, there are no translations provided for the vocabulary and “otras expresiones” sections (and in most cases there are up to 3 pages of words to acquire). But for the other chapters, there is no detail telling what the cultural content is. The book includes a verb table and different links to go deeper. I prefer books that represent the Spanish speaking cultures of the USA, together with cultures in foreign places. Many of them are about capitalization. 70 should be Día de la Independencia The teacher and the student can choose between a series of different activities, almost all of them communicative, which make it possible for the book to be used by different audiences. From the second I started listening to the ALC of A Deadly Education, I was hooked. It is quite accurate for an elementary level textbook. Once again, this is a difficult category to assess in a textbook like this. There are abundant images, which load properly. It speaks of love across time and place, mystery & intrigue, fantastical adventures, race and class. Narrated by: Laura Tremaine Regarding bias, like every text, it carries some bias. It focused entirely on the issue of cost, rather than the issue of pedagogical quality of commercial textbooks. El libro de don Miguel Ruiz es un mapa hacia la iluminación y la libertad. Length: 12 hours 15 minutes, “Fresh, irreverent, and funny, Red, White & Royal Blue is a delight and a treasure. Standard metalanguage and terminology are used throughout to present language and grammar concepts. I really, really want West's Hermione-lead HP remake.”, By Nancy Johnson But she isn’t sharing. Addie makes a deal with a demon so she can live her life the way she wants to. read more. This text covers a variey of appropriate themes and topics: grammar, vocabulary, and culture. However, the topics in Table of Contents can be confusing, for example in the section “Lectura cultural” one can find both “La Patagonia” and “-AR verbs”. Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith The book uses data simply documenting declining violence across time and geography. The blue links sometimes do not open the videos unless you disable pop ups. So, for example, if a student is completing an activity and wants to see the vocab list at the end of the chapter, they would have to keep scrolling until they locate it. At the beginning there is a Table of Content that specifies the components of... . Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen It begins with basic notions such as expressing time or vocabulary of food, going through the conjugation of the present and past, and ends with some notions of the subjunctive. Maybe some kind of hyperlinks from page to page? I broke my cardinal rule of only listening to books while I walk. This Spring semester I had a couple of students who were about to drop out of the class because they couldn’t afford the cost of the textbook required for our class. It is a well structure, clear and it counts with excellent examples, activities and colorful illustrations. The story follows their descendants generation by generation. I would like the table of contents to have links that take you to the page you want to go to. Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell The explanation for the grammatical points are clear and concise too, so they do not overwhelm students. Most Spanish language textbooks today have an online platform where students can find tutorials, cultural videos, interactive activities, oral recognition, and other activities. For instance, the vocabulary has to be learnt by memorizing a list of words at the end of each chapter. It's nice to see someone allowed to get mad in a YA novel. I liked that the author included links to read more about different topics. Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman This information overload would be best managed differently, perhaps by working some of the material into earlier chapters or simply presenting the concepts only, as I assume it is a taste of what is to come at the intermediate levels. This was an experience. Although there are references to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Rafael Nadal, these are few and far between so that the book will not need any major updating. Even the very first content page of the book, before students have been able to learn any words at all, is a reading in Spanish. Setting a couple of goals at the beginning of each chapter and reflecting on the progress made when the chapter is over seems like a very effective way to not only help students track their progress more effectively, but also to help them self-evaluate and possibly self-advocate if needed.. Or is she? Important. The text is written in lucid and accessible language. This would be used by the instructor to show IDs from several hispanic countries, and compare the info those include vs. their country, etc. Because solidarity needs to be for ALL.”, By Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar The book has listenings to practice and videos (links to YouTube) to hear the vocabulary. Also, the “pre-chapter activity” is an interactive task that should be at the end of the chapter since it requires learners to use information they will learn later in that chapter. Narrated by: Daniel Henning The Paris Library is a testament to the everlasting power of literature and literary places to bring people together and be a home for everyone, even during our darkest, most hopeless, and divided times.”, By Mikki Kendall Libro Libre does not present any accuracy problem, on the contrary I think it can be used from beginners to intermediate level students. It is a nice tool which allow students to keep track of new expressions and vocabulary they learn and they do not get lost on notes. Regarding accuracy of the grammar explanations, they seem to be, however, some seem a bit long. It's more like a spiritual marathon that invites you to jump the guardrail & take off.”, By N. K. Jemisin The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework. The text is consistent; the cultural topics presented throughout the book logically flow from one another. As remarked above, stronger overall chapter contexts would likely improve the overall flow and naturalness as certain material could be presented more organically in context. Common to all SREs is the belief in and aptitude for developing software systems to solve complex problems. It does use information from different areas of the Spanish-speaking world. Wintering is the author's account of how she made it through unforeseen difficult times and depression (emotional winters). N.K. 238). I laughed, I cried, I did fist pumps when things go well for Kya... this book infected me and I'm still having a tough time with the idea that the book is over. Narrated by: Marin Ireland This book affords the convenience of a textbook and workbook rolled into one. It is not very easy to find sections because of the pdf format without the options to jump to a chapter via a menu. Length: 12 hours 12 minutes, “It is rare to find a book of substance with a happy ending. Length: 10 hours 39 minutes, “Creepy and romantic, Mexican Gothic is easily one of my favorite books of 2020! I detected one "leísmo" (when we use “le/les” as a direct object): Yo le saco a caminar [a mi perro], p. 195, and some typos. They looked forward to their classes each week and have gotten a great base of Spanish. There are explanations in English and Spanish for most of the exercises. An index would be very helpful. I would also try to avoid technical jargon where possible. Overall, the book moves from input to output far too quickly. The book’s final chapter is jam-packed with quick introductions to more complex concepts (which usually overwhelms and discourages students; I’d save most topics from that last chapter to start them off “fresh” in intermediate classes). As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that... Read more », By Rumaan Alam Libro Libre book is written and arranged with links in such way that if it were necessary to update it will be very easy to implement it. Some of these QR codes had enough activities to practice descriptions of famous people who are commonly known by our students which at the same time makes students interested and engaged. Reviewed by Fernanda Righi, Lecturer in Spanish, Roger Williams University on 12/9/19, From the beginning, students encounter expressions and words they are not supposed to know. I think this book shows a great effort in putting forward a product that could be used (with supplementation) in first year classes. For instance, when presenting the “stem changing verbs”, students are expected to conjugate different verbs. This is perhaps the best part of this textbook. You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you devour this survival/adventure story mashed up with a mystery that unfolds through a journalistic inquiry combining research excerpts, interviews, and a found diary. As white women I found myself grieving for the crimes my race has committed. There is no significant interface issues, nor navigation problems, distortions. ”, By Elizabeth Acevedo The Glossary could be improved. We do not have to forget the United States is the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico. Each chapter appears to contain a wide array of topics seemingly disconnected from each other (e.g., food, professions, names of countries and nationalities are all presented in a single chapter). It makes use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds, although I would have liked to have seen more examples featuring Hispanics and content related to Mexico, our largest population group in the region. The book was divided into ten chapters and in order to get to a particular chapter students will need to scroll all the way to the assigned lesson. This is necessary reading for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. Reviewed by Ida Day, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Marshall University on 2/5/20, Libro Libre covers the essential topics and grammar typical for a beginning Spanish class. The accuracy of the information presented, especially relating to grammar, seems accurate and effective. However, I would not use it to teach a 101 course. Not only is this a must read, it's a must pay attention. It would be great if it could be transformed to a more navigation friendly format with a clickable menu. Reviewed by Odilia Smith, Adjunct Faculty (Spanish Professor), Bunker Hill Community College on 6/20/20, I really enjoyed going through the whole book "Libro Libre". This book is gruesome and honestly scary. I was transported to the early 1900's and the life of January Scaller, a ward of wealthy Mr. Locke. I would recommend shortening them.