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Acceso is a complete, interactive curriculum for intermediate-level learners of Spanish. The materials on the site are provided freely to the public and are intended as a replacement for commercial textbooks, which are generally ill-suited to the learning outcomes now considered crucial to successful language study. These materials are supplemented by an online workbook built on the MySpanishLab platform of Pearson Education, Inc., as well as...

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Tami Pena
Tami Pena (Student)
5 years ago
Access is an innovative, comprehensive interactive curriculum for intermediate-level Spanish learners. It utilizes authentic texts and videos to bring to life various issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Each chapter focuses on a different culture, and includes readings, listening exercises, comprehension review, and grammar and vocabulary. It is an excellent source for self-study, and very suitable for classroom use, as well. Classroom teachers would need to supplement the text with communicative activities. Otherwise, it is a phenomenal resource.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
G. Cory Duclos
G. Cory Duclos (Student)
10 years ago

Acceso is a fantastic resource and should be the future standard for textbook design. The site provide a resource for intermediate Spanish learners with no cost involved. The text centers around Spanish-speaking culture throughout the Americas (beginning with the United States) and Spain. Each unit also has grammar and vocabulary review.

Registered users of the site also have access to pedagogical resources, proving that the editors are focused on the fundamentals of second language acquisition. The creators of Acceso have also anticipated improving the site through collaboration from intrcutors using the textbook. I am very impressed with both the form and content of this site and hope that it will be adopted by teachers around the country very soon.

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While the site is fairly easy to navigate, the one hangup I have regards the separation of grammar and vocabulary from the cultural units. Integrating these may make the text more seemless, and more akin to a textbook format that students and teachers already expect to see.