CENTRO includes a fully interactive Digital Edition of the Así lo veo textbook. It includes a real-time voice chat and record feature, integrated audio and video, an integrated gradebook, and many other resources that make this a truly innovative online system for the teaching and learning of Spanish.
Imagine an Intermediate Spanish program that promotes real classroom conversation while increasing students’ ability to understand and respond to naturally spoken Spanish. These outcomes and goals motivated the respected, active author team of Así lo veo (That’s How I See It), the first Intermediate Spanish program to use a documentary, filmed specifically for the program, as the basis for instruction and learning. Since a documentary captures real situations and personal perspectives it is the perfect vehicle for increasing student engagement. Students learn Spanish not just through traditional sources, but also through the richness and authenticity of language that only a documentary can provide. With Así lo veo, the documentary motivates the presentation of content—vocabulary, grammar, and culture—and by extension, the learning. Specifically, Así lo veo documents how six Spanish speakers view the timely, provocative themes of the Así lo veo program. Because these are everyday people, not actors, they bring unscripted, real language as well as fresh ideas to the context of learning Spanish. These individuals also bring a wide range of perspectives, often surprising viewers and challenging them to think beyond fixed beliefs. Lastly, Así lo veo meets students where they are, online, by providing the program’s components in an accessible, fully interactive, and digital format including an interactive eText. With Asi lo veo, Spanish will come to life in a manner never before encountered in educational materials.