This is a textbook for first-year college Spanish. The grammar has been simplified in order to free the instructor to concentrate on developing conversational skills. Most college texts say that their objective is to develop oral proficiency, but they include many grammar concepts which a student will never master conversationally in the first year. Espanol Para Hoy has been simplified as much as possible. Although the grammar presentations have been streamlined, the number and variety of exercises practicing each concept have been expanded. This gives students the opportunity to master the basic concepts well and to feel successful doing so.
Ann St. Clair Lesman was given the Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Education by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and served as president from 1989 to 1991. Lucia Lobo Iglesias is the co-author of Dialoguemos en espanol, a text used in ten universities in Tokyo and now in its tenth edition. Munica Flynn Sasscer is a native of Argentina. She received her M.S. in Spanish and Linguistics from Georgetown University and her Ed.D. in Community College and Adult Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. John Wooldridge was the first president of the Potomac Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.