Pura vida, 2nd Edition

Beginning Spanish

Pura vida is an innovative program that teaches cultural literacy with a unique approach, encouraging students to discover language and culture through the experiences of real people. This discovery method leads students to think critically and make their own cross-cultural comparisons while, at the same time giving them a strong foundation in Spanish so they can use it in their everyday lives as true global citizens.

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What sets this program apart?

Students are encouraged to discover cultural differences and similarities, rather than being told about them. Through the unique Una perspectiva and Otra perspectiva readings, cultural similarities and differences observed by Spanish speakers visiting the U.S. and Americans visiting Spanish-speaking countries are highlighted as they share and reflect on their experiences.

Tarea final is a culminating task that integrates the cultural and language content covered throughout the chapter. These goal-oriented tasks promote authentic language use and provide students with a sense of accomplishment.

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Digital at your fingertips

The Supersite is our easy-to-use digital platform, fully integrated with the student textbook and built exclusively to support language learning.

Students visit the Supersite to complete their homework, practice Spanish, and communicate with their class. Instructors rely on the Supersite for powerful course management, allowing you and your students to focus on language learning.

Product details

  • Author
    Norma Lopez-Burton, Laura Marqués-Pascual, Cristina Pardo-Ballester
  • Lessons
  • Published

For students

  • Student Edition textbook (loose-leaf)
  • Supersite with vText—the online, interactive student edition
  • WebSAM online student workbook

For instructors

  • Instructor's Annotated Edition textbook
  • Instructor Supersite with testing program, assignment calendar, and additional instructor resources
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