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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Spanish proves the efficacy of new textbook

Patti Marinelli has helped create what she thinks is a great textbook and online curriculum for teaching Spanish. But you don’t have to take her word for it. A pilot study conducted at Carolina confirmed that the text, “Conectados," helped students learn to write and speak Spanish better than students in a traditional classroom course. 

“It’s a change in language instruction,” she said. “We’re now requiring students to take an active role in learning, and I think ‘Conectados’ accomplishes that in some fun ways like having students post pictures and then comment in Spanish on each other's photos. That mirrors what students do every day with social media. The payoff is that they see that an exercise like that really improves their understanding and ability to do real-world communication in Spanish.”