Mapas

Mapas

MAPAS is a program aimed at North American high school students learning Spanish at the introductory level. Its innovative design follows a project-based, content-focused approach. Its main goal is to stimulate students to build knowledge through explorative and expansive learning. The Spanish classroom becomes a space where students develop 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

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A new Spanish program for
high school

MAPAS is a program aimed at North American high school students learning Spanish at the introductory level. Its innovative design follows a project-based, content-focused approach. Its main goal is to stimulate students to build knowledge through explorative and expansive learning. The Spanish classroom becomes a space where students develop 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

Why MAPAS?

  • A contemporary view of Hispanic cultures  through engaging texts, themes, and topics. Students are motivated to act and create in Spanish.
  • A pedagogical sequence in which grammar, vocabulary, and discourse work towards communication. Students are truly capable of speaking and creating in Spanish.
  • Groundbreaking content and language integration. Students use the language in interdisciplinary scenarios related to their own academic experiences, which helps them develop professional skills and prepare for future careers.
  • Intercultural competence, enabling critical thinking about essential questions from a multidimensional, contemporary, and inclusive perspective that is free of stereotypes.
  • An approach that is open to all learners and all types of intelligences (visual, linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.). In addition, its diverse and stimulating vision of cultural realities embraces all the identities and communities in the Hispanic world —and in the students' world as well.
  • Options for online, hybrid, and flipped classroom modes, which optimizes class time. Students can prepare independently before the class session thus maximizing classroom communication and collaboration.
  • MAPAS is the product of authentic student‑centered design. Students make decisions and create projects which are not only personally relevant but also academically, and they take a leading active role in their own learning.
  • A contemporary view of Hispanic cultures  through engaging texts, themes, and topics. Students are motivated to act and create in Spanish.
  • A pedagogical sequence in which grammar, vocabulary, and discourse work towards communication. Students are truly capable of speaking and creating in Spanish.
  • Groundbreaking content and language integration. Students use the language in interdisciplinary scenarios related to their own academic experiences, which helps them develop professional skills and prepare for future careers.
  • Intercultural competence, enabling critical thinking about essential questions from a multidimensional, contemporary, and inclusive perspective that is free of stereotypes.
  • An approach that is open to all learners and all types of intelligences (visual, linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.). In addition, its diverse and stimulating vision of cultural realities embraces all the identities and communities in the Hispanic world —and in the students' world as well.
  • Options for online, hybrid, and flipped classroom modes, which optimizes class time. Students can prepare independently before the class session thus maximizing classroom communication and collaboration.
  • MAPAS is the product of authentic student‑centered design. Students make decisions and create projects which are not only personally relevant but also academically, and they take a leading active role in their own learning.

Teacher’s Edition

The Teacher’s Edition of MAPAS contains an abundance of annotations created to complement various teaching styles, save time in class preparation and course management, and provide additional ideas on how to extend some activities

Our digital environment

The Spanish Hub is a platform offering digital content and resources for students and teachers who work with MAPAS. It is designed with a clear purpose in mind: to improve teaching and learning experiences in K-12 environments with engaging content and helpful, user-friendly tools.

The platform offers easy access to a vast array of material in different formats to help students better grasp and practice contents, build their skills, develop cultural insights, and meet learning objectives. The Spanish Hub is easy, flexible and intuitive for all users.

As more and more institutions move into the digital world, it is important for us to offer digital content in an interface that is intuitive and straightforward for all types of users and 100% web-based and browser friendly, as well as compatible with all smartphones and tablets via an application that allows instructors and students to work both offline and online at any time and from any location.

Technology that is affordable,
intuitive, mobile, and accessible to all!

For Students - The Spanish Hub

  • Digital Student’s book in HTML format, complete with videos, audio files, and narrated texts available in four different varieties of Spanish.
  • Grammar video tutorials with exercises
  • Pronunciation video tutorials with exercises and helpful tips
  • Auto-correcting
  • Interactive activities Interactive Quizzes
  • Thematic maps
  • Vocabulary and Frequent Word combination maps
  • Grammar and verb tables
  • Videos and transcripts
  • Audios and transcripts
  • Textos locutados (audio text narrated in four different regional variations of Spanish)
  • Textos mapeados (mapped versions of texts)
  • Spanish-English and English-Spanish Glossaries

For Instructors - The Spanish Hub

  • Digital copy of Student’s book with instructor annotations from the Teacher’s Edition (HTML format), along with videos, audio files, and narrated texts available in four different varieties of Spanish
  • Grammar video tutorials with corresponding assignments
  • Pronunciation video tutorials with corresponding assignments
  • Auto-correcting interactive activities you can assign to your students
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Ready-to-use tests
  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions—one set of 50 questions for each unit Course calendars and sample lesson plans
  • Rubrics
  • Content creation tools
  • Teacher Resources: videos, additional instructional materials, etc.
  • Gradebook to evaluate and track students’ progress
  • Teacher’s Edition in ‘flipbook’ format
  • Student’s book in ‘flipbook’ format

Unique features

Among its many new features, we would like to draw your attention to a particular resource that sets MAPAS apart from other programs: textos mapeados and textos locutados available in different varieties of Spanish.

Textos mapeados

These texts have been transformed into “roadmaps” for students with the following three elements highlighted and color-coded:

  • Frequently-used word combinations and phrases
  • Common connectors and discourse markers
  • Structures that contain verbs, nouns, and adjectives with prepositions

By using this feature, students can exercise the recognition, acquisition and production of a linguistic repertoire that goes beyond simple words, allowing them to communicate with greater fluency and accuracy from the very beginning.

Textos locutados

These texts are read aloud by Spanish-speakers in four different varieties of Spanish: from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and the Caribbean (Puerto Rico and Cuba).

This feature allows students to listen to the text while they read along, listen after they have read the text themselves, or practice and check their own Spanish pronunciation, among many other possibilities.

Would you like to listen to a sample of a text read in four different varieties of Spanish?

Contributors

Javier Pérez Zapatero

Barnard College (NY)

Lisa Merschel

Duke University (NC)

Francisco Rosales Varo

Columbia University (NY)

Liliana Paredes

Duke University (NC)

Joan Munné

Duke University (NC)

Reviewers

SERGIO ADRADA RAFAEL
Fairfield University, Connecticut

CLARA BURGO
Loyola University Chicago, Illinois

LORENA CAMACHO GUARDADO
The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas

EMILIA CARRILLO
The Gordon School

ESTHER CASTRO-CUENCA
Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

ANNA MARIA CEPEDA
Florida Internacional University, Florida

HEATHER COLBURN
Northwestern University, Illinois

JUAN PABLO COMÍNGUEZ
Columbia University, New York

JAIME CORREA
Deerfield Academy

JOSÉ M. DÍAZ
Hunter College High School

ROSALBA ESPARRAGOZA SCOTT
Davidson College

SHARON FERRER
Pembroke Pines Charter High School

ERICA FISCHER
Saint Mary's University, Halifax

ISABEL GARCÍA
Harket School

SUSANA GARCÍA PRUDENCIO
The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania

EVA GÓMEZ GARCÍA
Brown University, Rhode Island

INÉS GÓMEZ-OCHOA
Chapin School

BIANCA GONZÁLEZ
Generations Montessori

GRACIELA HELGUERO-BALCELLS
Northern Virginia Community College, Nova Southeastern University, Florida

JEAN MARI HERNÁNDEZ LÓPEZ
Flint Hill School

SAMUEL M. HOWELL
The Nightingale-Bamford School

ANTONIO ILLESCAS
Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

AGGIE JOHNSON
Flagler College, Florida

ESTHER LOMAS SAMPEDRO
Fordham University, New York

JOSÉ LUIS LÓPEZ
Watkins Elementary School, Washington

CLAUDIA M. LANGE
Carleton College, Minnesota

MARÍA MERCEDES FREEMAN
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina

LISA MERSCHEL
Duke University, North Carolina

LUIS MORALES
Chadwick School

REYES MORÁN
Northwestern University, Illinois

KELLEY MELVIN
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri

ADRIANA MERINO
Princeton University, New Jersey

JOAN MUNNÉ
Duke University, North Carolina

SAMUEL A. NAVARRO ORTEGA
Independent Researcher

LILIANA PAREDES
Duke University, North Carolina

KRISTIN PIAZZA
Flint Hill School

ROBERTO REY AGUDO
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

EDGAR SERRANO
University of Mississippi, Mississippi

VIVIANA SILVA-GIL
St. Luke's School

ESTHER TRUZMAN
New York University, New York

ARIADNA VALLCORBA BELSA
Haleakala Waldorf High School

MARTHA VASQUEZ
San Antonio ISD

SARA VILLA
The New School, New York

MARLENYS VILLAMAR
City University of New York, New York

ANA YÁÑEZ RODRÍGUEZ
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts 

 

 

 

 

 

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