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Intended for intermediate- to advanced-level students,Epocas y avancesuses a unique communicative-humanistic approach to second language acquisition. Through a series of original readings and related activitiesEpocasenhances linguistic proficiency while emphasizing important aspects of the history, literature, art, society, geography, language, and culture of Spain and Latin America. The interdisciplinary content ofEpocasis designed to: Provide specific tools to generate optimized language production. Reinforce the main skills of language learning, including oral and written comprehension and production. Enable students to encounter, examine, and acquire new vocabulary and linguistic structures. Show students the importance of some of the major civilizations and social processes throughout history that influenced and shaped the language and culture of Spain and Latin America as we know them today. Offer a complete, intellectually stimulating, and academically challenging tool for awakening a general interest in the humanities and enriching students' personal interaction with other cultures. Give students ample opportunity to explore the diversity of other peoples and cultures in more detail, thus preparing them for their role as global citizens.
Scott Gravina graduated from Middlebury College, taught at Yale University and now lives in Massachusetts where he writes full time. Isabel Jaén-Portillo teaches at Yale University and holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Claudia Mendez teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Regina Schroeder teaches at Yale University.