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This is a valuable resource, especially for more advanced Spanish classes that may be focused on the World today and in which the students are relatively comfortable with the level of Spanish that is used in the media. It is without doubt a real-world website with instructional capabilities and could thus get students more excited about using their Spanish.
There is a section, "El mensual: language focus" that does have grammar explanations on topics such as pronouns and adjectives, however the explanations are very brief and general.
There are extensive additional vocabulary lists with words in both Spanish and English.
It appears that the material may not have been updated since 2006 based on the fact that there is a 2004, 2005 and 2006 "Anuario/Yearbook" but nothing since then.
Time spent reviewing site:
12 years ago
Margarita Esparza Hodge
Most of the reading selections can be read and then follwed by listening activities using the audio files. Even though the reading and listening cover the same theme, the texts are not identical. The reading text can be used as an advanced organizer to develop comprehension of the listening skill. The topics change every week and deal with timely information about events around the world. Generally, at least one of the readings has the audio component. The same topics are covered in detail in English if the instructor feels that the topic requires more in-depth information before or after the target language reading has been assigned. The audio clips are the voices of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world which merit the site for having such a remarkable variety of authentic written and aural texts.
The language notes are invaluable!
The audio clips are clear and precise. It makes it easier to analyze the speech of the various regional dialects throughout the Spanish-speaking world.