Tu mundo immerses the Intro Spanish student in a culturally rich
world full of opportunities to discover and explore the powerful
connections between themselves and the people and cultures of the
Spanish-speaking world. Students dive in to intensive communicative
practice, building confidence in their ability to interact in a
meaningful way in Spanish with access to a wealth of tools to
support and guide their progress, including video chat, interactive
online scenarios, and an adaptive diagnostic program. In addition,
students are able to create their own sense of community, resulting
in a unique individual experience that will evolve organically with
each student, sparking their natural curiosity about their world.
Tu mundo employs a communicative methodology that focuses on
developing all four skills, supported by the best digital learning
platform available today: Connect Spanish. Because Tu mundo was
designed with today's students in mind, students are more readily
engaged with the content, thanks to their avid use of web-based
tools, their innate interest the cultures of other countries, and
their preference for visual presentations and quick access to
information. Tu mundo reflects the world in which our students
live; where online learning, social networking, texting, instant
messaging, mobile devices, tablets, online gaming, and virtual
scenarios are an integral part of daily life.
What are the pillars of Tu mundo?
Our extensive and ongoing research in the Intro Spanish course has
led to the creation of Tu mundo, with a strong emphasis on the 5
C's: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and
Communities. Tu mundo delivers content in a variety of ways in
order to ensure consistent course outcomes across all course
1.Improved communication performance & skills: By jumping
directly into communicative practice at the beginning of every
chapter, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the
experience of active learning, whether in a face-to-face or online
classroom. Grammar is presented at the end of each chapter,
allowing students to study at home and work through the exercises
in Connect Spanish for automatic feedback, coming to class ready to
engage in discussion. This emphasis on communication in the
classroom makes Tu mundo the most effective communicative program
on the market. No other program commits to this methodology like Tu
2.Creating consistent learning outcomes: Tu mundo offers a
powerful adaptive learning system called LearnSmart that allows
students to identify grammatical structures and vocabulary words
not yet mastered and to receive an individualized study program for
mastering them. Students of all experience levels will benefit from
using LearnSmart, which includes built-in reporting and a
competitive scoreboard. Connect Spanish Voice Board and Blackboard
Instant Messenger (BbIM), both powered by Wimba, ensure that
students are getting ample practice time no matter where their
classes take place.
3. Building community and connections between students: Creating a
sense of community in the face-to-face or virtual classroom is a
huge part of language learning and something that Tu mundo does
implicitly. Whether students collaborate in a physical classroom or
in Connect Spanish, they are provided with opportunities to engage
in meaningful conversations and collaborative task-based
activities. The Amigos sin fronteras, a cast of young Hispanic
students that share common interests, are featured throughout the
entire program and showcased in the Asi somos video segments.
Through the Amigos sin fronteras, students are exposed to a
friendly model on how to apply what they are learning to another
friendly group of students, i.e. their own class. In addition, Tu
mundo presents an interactive online environment that applies
engaging content and task-based scenarios that enable you to
practicing your language skills in a fun, immersive way. Thus,
students can practice Spanish in a context that is not only fun but
4.More Culture and Comparisons coverage: Culture is so often left
behind--so Tu mundo offers it throughout the program. Each chapter
features a country of focus which doubles as the home country of
one of the fifteen amigos. Along with in-chapter cultural sections,
every chapter of Tu mundo features a second video segment called Mi
pais (within Connect), narrated by the amigos themselves, as they
share information about their native countries. This window into
the lives of the amigos provides a point of comparison for you to
describe your own life. The Mundo interactivo scenarios represent a
variety of cultural contexts in which you can interact with
language and culture in a way that is meaningful to you.
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