Punto y aparte

Punto y aparte

4th Edition | See Newer Edition

By Sharon Foerster and Anne Lambright

  • Copyright: 2011

  • Publication Date: Jan 21 2010

  • ISBN 10: 0073385301

  • ISBN 13: 9780073385303



Punto y aparte moves your students beyond learning about the Spanish language to actually using their Spanish in natural, meaningful contexts. With Punto y aparte students develop more confidence for

Punto y aparte moves your students beyond learning about the Spanish language to actually using their Spanish in natural, meaningful contexts. With Punto y aparte students develop more confidence for communication and begin to think critically about language and culture. This is achieved by focusing on seven communicative functions and the grammar structures that support them. These communicative functions appear at the beginning and are recycled throughout, providing opportunities for review in different contexts. Since this is not the typical linear march through grammar one structure at a time, students are able to begin using language in a way that is creative and allows for natural language production. Ultimately, students will move easily from simple sentence-level discourse to paragraph-length discourse. The title itself makes reference to this progression, since it is the Spanish expression for the beginning of a new paragraph: punto y aparte.

  • Language: English – lower case

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 7.2 x 10

  • Page Count: 320

New Features

  • McGraw-Hill is proud to partner with Quia in the development of CENTRO, our online media center for languages. CENTRO is a comprehensive online center that allows course management with robust communication tools, grade book and integration of all the Punto y aparte program resources. Resources in CENTRO include the digital edition of Punto y aparte, the video clips, access to the activity manual, audio program, grammar tutorials, verb charts, and more. Also available for instructors are extensive teaching resources including the Instructor’s Manual, Testing Program, Audioscript, Digital Image Bank, and more. (www.mhcentro.com)
  • Available in CENTRO, it is a fully interactive digital version of the Punto y aparte textbook. It includes a real-time voice chat and record feature, integrated audio and video, an integrated grade book, and many other resources that make this a truly innovative online solution for the teaching and learning of Spanish. (www.mhcentro.com)
  • New cultural video footage licensed from the BBC(Viaje conmigo) accompanies the Lugares fascinantes (Fascinating places) readings in Rincón cultural. The video is available on Centro, the new site that conveniently brings all of Punto y aparte’s online components together in one place. Lugares fascinantes also features several new locations (Bogotá, and Mayan ruins in Central America).
  • Praised for their rich cultural content, the Rincón cultural sections now have a new Música feature. This section provides pre- and post-listening activities for each of the songs on the Estampillas musicales CD and introduces students to a wide range of music from the Spanish-speaking world.
  • The order of the second and third communicative functions (las metas comunicativas) has been reversed, so that students will get more opportunity to practice the imperfect and preterite, a particularly challenging aspect of Spanish grammar.
  • Five new readings (Lectura), including a movie review and two magazine-style articles, provide a more relevant and engaging connection to the chapter theme and cultural coverage.
  • A fresh new design gives a more sophisticated, modern look to the program, as well as improving it pedagogically. The photos of the friends have been replaced by new ones, to give them a more contemporary feel. The icons for the seven communicative functions and the three Vs of reading strategies have been redesigned and are now much clearer. In addition, the Hablando del tema section in each chapter now stands out in the chapter. Finally, the different sections of the green pages are now more user friendly, due to an improved tabbing system.
  • All of the La historia dialogues have been rewritten, so that they now address more current and engaging topics. The animation of the original dialogues, introduced in the Third Edition, continues to be available.
  • Hablando del tema, the last section of each chapter, which provides more open-ended communicative activities (debates, conversation topics), has been expanded and made more robust.
  • A unique characteristic of this book is its approach to grammar. Key grammatical structures (los puntos clave) are presented in a novel way, as tools for communication, rather than as ends in themselves. The authors have identified seven communicative functions or goals (las siete metas comunicativas) that are central to intermediate-level study. These functions are: Description (Descripción) Comparison (Comparación) Narrating in the past (Narración en el pasado) Reactions and recommendations (Reacciones y recomendaciones) Talking about preferences (Hablar de los gustos) Hypothesizing (Hacer hipótesis) Talking about the future (Hablar del futuro)

Key Features

  • A diagnostic test immediately follows the presentation of each communicative function at the beginning of Puntos clave (grammar structures). If the diagnostic test reveals any grammar related to the communicative function that the student needs to review, the student can then go to the green grammar pages found near the back of the text, which provide grammatical explanations and exercises for the grammatical structures supporting the seven communicative goals.
  • Ideal for the fourth-semester Spanish course for schools that use a first-year book for three semesters.
  • The updated Manual que acompaña Punto y aparte (Workbook/Laboratory Manual) available in print or online in CENTRO powered by Quia™, provides practice with each chapter's vocabulary, grammar, and culture through a variety of controlled and open-ended exercises. In every other chapter, a diagnostic test (also called Prueba diagnóstica) enables students to evaluate their mastery of the grammatical structures needed for the seven communicative functions. There are also pronunciation and listening comprehension activities.
  • The updated Online Learning Center, provides additional practice of vocabulary and grammar presented in the chapters, as well activities allowing further exploration of cultural topics covered in Rincón cultural, the complete audio program, and the new cultural video footage. Instructor Resources found here are extensive teaching resources including the Instructor’s Manual, Testing Program, Audioscript, Digital Image Bank, and more.
  • The Instructor's Manual, available in the Instructor Edition of the Online Learning Center and on Centro, is particularly useful and contains very detailed and extensive teaching suggestions and activities for each part of every chapter.
  • The Testing Program is now a separate document available in the Instructor Edition of the Online Learning Center and on Centro. It contains sample exams, as well as new quizzes and tests for each chapter, in both Word and PDF formats.
  • The Literary Reader continues to support the Fourth Edition and offers flexibility when an instructor wishes to integrate more readings. It contains a total of twelve literary readings, each supported by pre- and post-reading activities.
  • The Estampillas musicales CD, another optional component sold with the Punto y aparte program, contains six songs, one for each Spanish-speaking country or region covered in the main chapters of the textbook. The new La Música feature in each chapter provides activities for these songs.
  • Instructor Resources: For instructors, both CENTRO and the Instructor Edition of the Online Learning Center contain the Instructor’s Manual, Testing Program, Audioscript, and the Videoscripts to accompany the video clips.







Los cinco amigos

Cara a cara

Puntos clave: Introducción


Perspectivas: Percepciones e impr

Table of Contents



Los cinco amigos

Cara a cara

Puntos clave: Introducción


Perspectivas: Percepciones e impresiones

La historia: Las primeras impresiones Vocabulario del tema

Nota cultural: ¿Somos tan sensibles?

Puntos clave: Descripción y comparación Rincón cultural

Lugares fascinantes: Fiestas y celebraciones de España Un artista hispano: Antoni Gaudí La música española

Lectura: «Salvador Dalí: La novela de su vida»

¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema


Conexiones: Nuestras raíces

La historia: Mami viene a visitarme. ¡Válgame Dios!

Vocabulario del tema

Nota cultural: Los apodos

Puntos clave: Narración en el pasado

Rincón cultural

Lugares fascinantes: El Caribe

Un artista hispano: Nick Quijano

La música caribeña

Lectura: Habana Blues

¡A escribir!

¡Hablando del tema


Pasiones y sentimientos: Las relaciones humanas

La historia: Buscando el equilibrio

Vocabulario del tema

Nota cultural: Los piropos

Puntos clave: Reacciones y recomendaciones

Rincón cultural

Lugares fascinantes: México

Un artista hispano: José Guadalupe Posada

La música mexicana

Lectura: «Peregrina», por Arturo Ortega Morán

¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema


La vida moderna: Las obligaciones y el tiempo libre

La historia: Hay que ser más fiesteros

Vocabulario del tema

Nota cultural: ¿Quiénes son los más fiesteros?

¡Puntos clave: Hablar de los gustos

Rincón cultural

Lugares fascinantes: El Cono Sur

Un artista hispano: Maitena Burendarena

La música uruguaya

Lectura: «Chile: Tribus urbanas, rostros que buscan una identidad», por Rebeca Rojas Rodríguez

¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema


El mundo actual: Participación cívica y acción global

La historia: Este mundo nuestro

Vocabulario del tema

Nota cultural: La vida política de los jóvenes hispanos

Puntos clave: Hacer hipótesis

Rincón cultural

Lugares fascinantes: La región andina

Un artista hispano: Gonzalo Endara Crow

La música andina

Lectura: «El candidato», por José Cardona-López

¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema


Hacia el porvenir: Un mundo más verde y conectado La historia: Preparativos

Vocabulario del tema

Nota cultural: El Internet en el mundo hispano

Puntos clave: Hablar del futuro

Rincón cultural

Lugares fascinantes: Centroamérica

Algunos artistas hispanos: Las indias kunas de Panamá y sus molas

La música guatamalteca

Lectura: «Los portadores de sueños», por Gioconda Belli

¡A escribir!

Hablando del tema

Explicación gramatical: Los puntos clave


A. Agreement

B. Ser and estar

C. Past participles used as adjectives

D. Uses and omission of articles


A. Comparisons of equality

B. Comparisons of inequality

C. Irregular comparative forms

D. Superlatives

Narración en el pasado

A. Formation of the preterite and imperfect

B. Using the preterite and imperfect

C. Verbs with different meanings in the preterite and imperfect

D. The present perfect and pluperfect

E. Hace... que

Reacciones y recomendaciones

A. Formation of the present subjunctive

B. Formation of the past subjunctive

C. Using the subjunctive in noun clauses

D. Commands

Hablar de los gustos

A. Direct object pronouns

B. The personal a

C. Indirect object pronouns

D. Double object pronouns

E. Gustar and similar verbs

Hacer hipótesis

A. Past subjunctive and sequence of tenses

B. The conditional

C. Hypothesizing


Hablar del futuro

A. The future tense

B. The future of probability

C. Using the subjunctive in adverbial clauses

Referencia de gramática: Los otros puntos gramaticales

A. Reflexive and reciprocal pronouns

B. Prepositions and verbs that take prepositions

C. Saber and conocer

D. Relative pronouns

E. Por and para

F. Using the subjunctive in adjective clauses

Apéndice 1: ¡A practicar! Answer Key

Apéndice 2: Verb Charts

Vocabulario español-inglés



About the Authors



About the Authors

Sharon Foerster

Sharon Wilson Foerster retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, where she had been the Coordinator of Lower-Division Courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, directing the first- and second-year Spanish language program and training graduate assistant instructors. She continues to teach in the Spanish Summer Language School at Middlebury College in Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communications from the University of Texas in 1981. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas, she was Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain, for four years. She continues her involvement in study abroad through her work as Director of the Spanish Teaching Institute and as Academic Advisor for Academic Programs International. She is the co-author of the following McGraw-Hill titles: Pasaporte: Spanish for High Beginners (2009); Supplementary Materials to accompany Puntos de partida, Eighth Edition (2009); Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008); Punto y aparte: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency, Third Edition (2007); Lecturas literarias: Moving Toward Linguistic and Cultural Fluency Through Literature (2007); Metas comunicativas para maestros (1999); and Metas comunicativas para negocios (1998).

Anne Lambright

Anne Lambright is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature in the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus is on contemporary Latin American Literature, Andean literature, indigenismo, and Latin American women’s writing, topics on which she has published several articles and books. She is the author of Creating the Hybrid Intellectual: Subject, Space, and the Feminine in the Narrative of José María Arguedas and co-author of Unfolding the City: Women Write the City in Latin America (2007), with Elisabeth Guerrero. In addition, she is the co-author of Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008).