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Carrie McLaren, Frederick Keenan’s book offers fresh, unique approach to language learning

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Carrie McLaren and Frederick Keenan believe Spanish language textbooks now on the market are generally effective in teaching grammar and vocabulary, but they have three shortcomings - one is a general “dumbing down” of the learning process, another is the very evident North American viewpoint of the writing and the third is an almost total neglect of the specific cultures of each country in which Spanish is the primary language. With their collaborators in Spain and Latin America, the authors wrote “EL IDIOMA ESPAÑOL Y LA CULTURA HISPANA: A Guide to the Spanish Language and the Hispanic World” (published by AuthorHouse) to provide a fundamental knowledge of the unique culture of each country in the Spanish-speaking world.

The book is a fresh and unique approach to language learning and culture. It covers all of the grammatical tenses, vocabulary and current and historical facts that readers will need to know for living and traveling in the Spanish-speaking world. The vocabulary is practical and based on everyday situations. The grammar is explained in an easy and comprehensible fashion with clear examples. The activities and exercises will help to solidify their knowledge and test their retention. Each chapter has a principal theme and also focuses on one of 20 countries in the world in which Spanish is an official language.

“EL IDIOMA ESPAÑOL Y LA CULTURA HISPANA” teaches readers not only how to speak Spanish but will also give them an in-depth knowledge and appreciation for Hispanic culture. It prepares them to be an informed visitor, not just a tourist, to all the countries of the Spanish-speaking world.

“EL IDIOMA ESPAÑOL Y LA CULTURA HISPANA: A Guide to the Spanish Language and the Hispanic World”
By Carrie McLaren and Frederick Keenan
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 434 pages | ISBN 9781524686666
E-Book | 434 pages | ISBN 9781524686673
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Frederick Keenan, a professional engineer, has worked and travelled over the past 40 years in 17 of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries focused on in this book. The first decade concentrated on the five countries of the Andean Pact (and Paraguay) on a Canadian government-supported collaboration. In the following three years, he was the director of the Forest Industries Division, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome and worked extensively in Latin America. On his return to Canada, he became the director of International Research at the University of Western Ontario. He keeps his Spanish up to date by periodic visits to El Centro Lingüístico Conversa in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. In semi-retirement, he regularly presents case studies at the University of Western Ontario, London, that are set in Spanish-speaking countries.

Carrie McLaren’s passion for languages has been a vital part of her successful career as a Spanish and French high school teacher. Head of the Modern Languages Department at Sir Oliver Mowat, she has made lifelong learning a priority throughout her career. From international exchanges in Spain and Mexico and an immersion program in Costa Rica to continuing education courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, she has kept up-to-date on the current theories of modern language education.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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