Proyectos

Proyectos

PROYECTOS is a program aimed at North American college students learning Spanish at the introductory and intermediate levels. 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. With PROYECTOS, the classroom becomes a space where students develop 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. PROYECTOS is perfectly aligned with ACTFL instructional approaches.

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A Spanish program for Higher Education

PROYECTOS is a program aimed at North American college students learning Spanish at the introductory and intermediate levels. 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. 

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Why PROYECTOS?

  • PROYECTOS brings a contemporary view of Hispanic cultures to the Spanish classroom through engaging texts, themes, and topics: students are motivated to act and create in Spanish!
  • PROYECTOS, with communication as the goal, presents grammar and vocabulary in comprehensible chunks: students are truly capable of speaking and producing in Spanish!
  • PROYECTOS presents 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.
  • PROYECTOS promotes intercultural competence, enabling critical thinking about essential questions from a multidimensional, contemporary, and inclusive perspective that is free of stereotypes.
  • PROYECTOS offers an inclusive perspective on learning. Its approach makes it open to all learners and all types of intelligences (visual, linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.). In addition, its vision of cultural realities, diverse and free of stereotypes, embraces all the identities and communities of the Hispanic world—and of the students' world as well.
  • PROYECTOS allows for flipped classroom dynamics, which optimizes class time. Students can prepare independently before coming in order to maximize classroom communication and collaboration.
  • PROYECTOS is the product of authentic student-centered design. Students acquire the vocabulary they need to communicate in the real world, learn grammar actively, and create projects in which they talk about their communities and experiences. They take an active leading role in their own learning, and have fun in the process!
  • PROYECTOS brings a contemporary view of Hispanic cultures to the Spanish classroom through engaging texts, themes, and topics: students are motivated to act and create in Spanish!
  • PROYECTOS, with communication as the goal, presents grammar and vocabulary in comprehensible chunks: students are truly capable of speaking and producing in Spanish!
  • PROYECTOS presents 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.
  • PROYECTOS promotes intercultural competence, enabling critical thinking about essential questions from a multidimensional, contemporary, and inclusive perspective that is free of stereotypes.
  • PROYECTOS offers an inclusive perspective on learning. Its approach makes it open to all learners and all types of intelligences (visual, linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.). In addition, its vision of cultural realities, diverse and free of stereotypes, embraces all the identities and communities of the Hispanic world—and of the students' world as well.
  • PROYECTOS allows for flipped classroom dynamics, which optimizes class time. Students can prepare independently before coming in order to maximize classroom communication and collaboration.
  • PROYECTOS is the product of authentic student-centered design. Students acquire the vocabulary they need to communicate in the real world, learn grammar actively, and create projects in which they talk about their communities and experiences. They take an active leading role in their own learning, and have fun in the process!

Annotated Instructor's Edition

The Annotated Instructor's Edition of PROYECTOS 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 instructors who work with PROYECTOS. It is designed with a clear purpose in mind: to improve teaching and learning experiences in Higher Education 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

  • Interactive Textbook, a fully digital version of the student book
  • Interactive Activities, a fully digital version of a traditional Student Activities Manual (SAM)
  • Enriched eText with audio and videos
  • Grammar tutorials
  • Interactive quizzes on each chapter
  • Audios and their scripts
  • Videos and their scripts
  • Textos locutados, audio text narrated in four different Spanish varieties
  • Textos mapeados, a version of the reading texts that highlights lexical bundles and the use of prepositions
  • And MUCH more!

For Instructors - The Spanish Hub

  • Interactive Textbook, a fully digital version of the student book
  • Interactive Activities, a fully digital version of a traditional Student Activities Manual (SAM)
  • Digital AIE, an eBook version of the Annotated Instructor’s Edition
  • Enriched eText with audio and videos
  • A fully functional online platform with a gradebook, a messaging system, a homework assignment tool, and analytics data to evaluate student performance
  • Textos locutados, audio text narrated in four different Spanish varieties
  • Textos mapeados, a version of the reading texts that highlights lexical bundles and the use of prepositions
  • Grammar and verb tables
  • All materials are highly customizable and easy to copy and share with our 'master class' tool
  • A great variety of assessment tools: tests, self-correcting quizzes, rubrics, etc.

Unique features

Among its many new features, we would like to draw your attention to a particular resource that sets PROYECTOS 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?

The authors

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

ESTHER CASTRO-CUENCA
Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

HEATHER COLBURN
Northwestern University, Illinois

JUAN PABLO COMÍNGUEZ
Columbia University, New York

ERICA FISCHER
Saint Mary's University, Halifax

SUSANA GARCÍA PRUDENCIO
The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania

EVA GÓMEZ GARCÍA
Brown University, Rhode Island

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

ANTONIO ILLESCAS
Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

AGGIE JOHNSON
Flagler College, Florida

ESTHER LOMAS SAMPEDRO
Fordham University, New York

CLAUDIA M. LANGE
Carleton College, Minnesota

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

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

ROBERTO REY AGUDO
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

EDGAR SERRANO
University of Mississippi, Mississippi

ESTHER TRUZMAN
New York University, New York

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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