Taller de escritores, 2nd Edition

Taller de escritores, 2nd Edition

Grammar and Composition for Advanced Spanish | Guillermo Bleichmar, Paula Cañón

© 2016 paperback | 8 ½ x 10 ½ inches
6 lessons | 1 semester | 272 pages

Promote creative, engaging writing with Taller de escritores. The program’s unique approach guides advanced-level students through an array of composition formats, supporting them through every step of the writing process. Features include:

  • Annotated readings that introduce a new genre in every lesson and provide a springboard for discussion and compositional analysis
  • Engaging post-reading activities that focus on comprehension, form, and composition style
  • Vocabulary, grammar, and spelling workshops to develop precision and writing variety
  • Student models reinforce good writing and reading practices
  • Groundbreaking, text-specific technology—now on a new Supersite platform with powerful tools—copy all assignments from previous courses in minutes, set time limits and passwords for assessments, add customized content, and more
  • Online chat activities—virtual conversations and live video chats for communication practice outside of class
  • vText—the interactive, online version of the textbook—that links directly with Supersite practice activities, audio, and video
  • iPad®-friendly* Supersite and vText for access on the go

*Students must use a computer for audio recording and select presentations and tools that require Flash or Shockwave.

What's new in Taller de escritores, 2nd Edition?

  • Student Edition now available in loose-leaf or digital format for cost-saving alternatives
  • 3 new Lectura readings—and all literary readings— now with dramatic audio recordings on the Supersite
  • New, online-only Taller adicional de escritura workshop with auto-graded activities, practice, and writing prompts based on authentic materials
  • A new composition tool allows students to create and submit compositions online, and gives instructors the ability to make in-line comments and corrections via text or voice
  • Save time with auto-gradable textbook activities now available online
  • Expanded online assessment program with one new open-ended test per lesson
  • A new Supersite platform with tools to create your own activities, even easier course management, and much more!
  • iPad®-friendly* Supersite and vText

*Students must use a computer for audio recording and select presentations and tools that require Flash or Shockwave.

What can you expect in each lesson? Check out all the themes below.

For more details, download a Table of Contents.

Taller de escritores, 2nd Edition

  1. Lección 1: La descripción
  2. Lección 2: La narración
  3. Lección 3: El ensayo narrativo
  4. Lección 4: La exposición
  5. Lección 5: La argumentación
  6. Lección 6: El ensayo académico

For Students

Student Edition with Supersite Plus(vText)
ISBN: 978-1-68004-012-8 Paperback
Loose-leaf Student Ed. with Supersite Plus(vText)
ISBN: 978-1-68004-013-5 Loose-leaf

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Taller de escritores in The NECTFL Review

Reviewer: Paola Maneiro-Mena and Barbara Williams, Georgia State University
Program: Bleicher, Guillermo and Canon, Paula. Taller de Escritores: Grammar and Composition for Advanced Spanish. Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-61767-100-5.

Taller de Escritores is aptly named, as it is a textbook that serves as a guide for advanced students learning to hone writing skills in Spanish. This textbook, which is designed for advanced Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) students and heritage Spanish speakers, includes essential elements that will help students improve their Spanish compositions skills. There are a total of six lessons/chapters which progress from basic writing to a full-fledged academic essay.

Each chapter contains three distinct sections: an introductory reading selection, relevant grammar topics, and a writing workshop. Following each introduction is a section that includes relevant grammar topics which will help to facilitate accuracy in writing. The grammar lessons represent topics that SSL students commonly have difficulty mastering (e.g., ser vs. estar, preterite vs. imperfect) and are accompanied by practice exercises. The final section of each chapter is a writing workshop. Three different literary models of the composition genre are presented with corresponding writing activities. Along with each model, a pre-writing exercise, an outlining exercise, and a final draft exercise help to walk students through the process.

Six styles of composition are covered: descriptive, narrative, narrative essay, expository, argumentative, and academic essay. The level of complexity increases as students proceed from Chapter one to Chapter six. A reading selection, accompanied by a short biography of the author, introduces each chapter and exemplifies the type of composition that is the focus of each lesson. Chapter 1 utilizes three short excerpts from Platero y yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez to model descriptive writing. A decidedly longer work, La siesta del martes by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, demonstrates narrative writing in Chapter 2. In the next chapter, the essay titled Hernán Cortés, by Carlos Fuentes, demonstrates how to compose a narrative essay. Expository writing in Chapter 4 is modeled on Antonio Jiménez Barca’s essay titled La generación de los mil euros. Chapter 5 focuses on argumentative writing and is illustrated by Antonio Di Benedetto’s Mariposas de Koch. The final chapter deals with the most complex writing style presented in the book, namely the academic essay. Mario Vargas Llosa’s critical essay titled Crítica literaria sobre la novela Santa Evita serves as a fine example of this type of writing. Each writing selection is also accompanied by comprehension, analysis, and discussion questions for both individual and group work.

Taller de Escritores is an excellent text for any Spanish composition course. It provides several models that exemplify the six composition genres presented. It also introduces students to the various cultures ranging from Spain to the Americas. Furthermore, it gives students access to an online Supersite providing students with additional practice via auto-grading exercises, voice boards for oral communication, instant messaging, audio and video conferencing, application sharing, and threaded discussions. We find the text interesting and recommend that subsequent editions broaden the diversity of the authors to include women and people of multicultural origin.

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  • A gradebook for rosters, assignments, and grades
  • Time-saving auto-graded activities, question-by-question grading, and automated spot-checking
  • Tools to personalize your course:
    • Create Partner Chat and open-ended activities
    • Add your own notes to existing content
    • Add video and outside resources
  • New assignment wizard—copy all assignments from a previous course, reflowed into the new semester’s dates, in minutes
  • Online assessment, with time limits and password protection
  • Composition grading tool for in-line comments and corrections via text or voice
  • Pre-made syllabi, sample lesson plan, and Testing Program
  • Instructor Resources (answer keys)
  • Single sign-on for LMS integration
  • A communication center for announcements, notifications, and help requests
  • Live Chat (video or audio) and instant messaging
  • Voiceboards for oral assignments, group discussions, and projects
  • vText online, interactive Student Edition
  • iPad®-friendly*

  • For students
  • Textbook activities—online
  • Additional activities for extra practice
  • Enhanced feedback to guide students and improve comprehension and grades
  • Composition tool to create and submit writing assignments online
  • Dramatic readings
  • Chat for oral practice and conversation skills:
    • Video Partner Chat—recorded student pair communicative activities
  • Online dictionary and reference materials
  • Live Chat (video or audio) and instant messaging
  • vText online, interactive Student Edition
  • iPad®-friendly*

* Students must use a computer for audio recording and select presentations and tools that require Flash or Shockwave.