Pasos 1 Spanish Beginner's Course (Fourth Edition): Coursebook

Pasos 1 Spanish Beginner's Course (Fourth Edition): Coursebook

Martyn Ellis & Rosa María Martín


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Pasos 1, fourth edition, is the first part of the best-selling two-stage Spanish course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or who have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, at home or in the classroom, Pasos gives a thorough grounding in the language, enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand a language spoken by over 400 million people. This new edition has been fully updated and includes a wealth of new, contemporary photographs. A brand new section at the end of the course provides a range of activities linked to the Pasos 1 Video.

What do I get?

Coursebook: containing 14 thematic lessons, this full-colour coursebook is the primary text for the course and is ideal for classroom and home use.

What's in the course?
Pasos 1 is full of learning features to help you progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish:

-Covers the skills and structures needed for the UK GCSE examination
-14 units include a range of everyday themes such as meeting people, shopping, making plans, talking about work and family and travelling
-Authentic reading, listening and video materials are used throughout for a range of activities based on everyday Spanish in Spain and Latin America
-Clear explanations and examples make the grammar easy to absorb
-The Rincón cultural feature presents short pieces of cultural interest about contemporary Spain and Spanish
-Free Interactive online quizzes and exercises are specially designed to reinforce learning in the classroom or at home

What will I learn in Pasos 1?

Key language structures and communication
Pasos 1 introduces the key structures of the language over 14 thematic lessons with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Authentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Spain and Latin America.

Vocabulary and grammar
From the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. Clear examples and explanations make the grammar easy to absorb, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a wide range of essential vocabulary from an early stage.

Culture and skills for daily life
Units begin with a Prepárate page of activities and include plenty of grammar tasks. The Rincón Cultural feature presents short texts of cultural interest and each unit ends with an Autoevaluación self-assessment checklist enabling students to review what they have learned. Audio track references on a page-by-page basis ensure that listening activities are easily identified and online resources provide extra practice of essential language. The new video, filmed entirely in Spain, brings authentic culture and language in the classroom.

GCSE level material
Pasos 1 covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.

How will I learn?

Balance and variety
Balance and variety are prominent features of the Pasos course: freer activities accompany graded, accuracy-based tasks, and there is a balance between presentation and practice of new language items and between the study and use of grammar and vocabulary, the cornerstones of language-learning. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book.

Interactive quizzes and exercises
Fun, interactive online quizzes and exercises enable learners to reinforce and improve their skills, either in class or at home.

Speaking and Grammar guides
With speaking becoming ever more important in today's accreditations, the Pasos 1 range offers a Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set. There is also a dedicated Practical Grammar reference and practice book. It contains clear, accessible grammar explanations with examples and extension in both Spanish and English.

Group or independent study
Pasos 1 is ideal for group study and is also useful for independent study and revision.

What is new in the fourth edition?

Pasos 1 Video: Supplementary to the Coursebook.
Filmed entirely in Spain using native speakers, this brand new resource contains 12 colourful episodes which tie in with the lessons in the coursebook. Perfect for training students' listening skills, the Pasos 1 video is designed to reinforce vocabulary and language structures while adding an additional cultural element to the course. It also provides the ideal basis for group discussions. There are numerous linked activities for use in class or for self-study, which can be found in a new section at the end of the coursebook. Optional sub-titles will help students to find their way through each of the episodes and give them the confidence to approach spoken Spanish with real understanding.

Improvements and additions
The new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from teachers and learners across the country. It has been fully updated and includes a wealth of new, contemporary photographs. A brand new section at the end of the book provides a range of activities linked to the DVD, available in the Pasos 1 CD & DVD Set or as part of the Complete Pack.

Where does the Coursebook fit within the Pasos 1 Range?
Pasos 1 Coursebook: The primary text for the Pasos 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.

Pasos 1 Audio: Supplementary to the Coursebook.
The Audio and Support book provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:
- 3 hours of recordings.
- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.

Pasos 1 Activity Book: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack.
The Pasos 1 Activity Book has been revised to tie in with 4th edition of the course with updated prices and references. It contains extra activities to consolidate and expand the material in the coursebook and grammar sections practising specific language points. As with the coursebook, two main revision units summarise what has been learned, providing reading texts with comprehension and writing tasks. Ideal for faster learners or for practice of a specific area, the Activity Book can be used alongside the Pasos 1 Coursebook or as self-access material for learners of Spanish using any course. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises.

Pasos 1 Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set: Supplementary to the Coursebook.
Designed to help learners concentrate on and really improve their speaking and listening skills. This book includes:
- Audio online
- A 160 page book packed with short exercises and transcripts

Spanish Practical Grammar Book: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. A reference and grammar practice book containing clear, accessible grammar explanations with examples and extension in both Spanish and English.

The audio is available to access for free, and the video for Pasos 1 is also available to purchase separately from the John Murray Languages app or from You will be able to stream online or download to the app.

You will be able to access this title online, or download it to the John Murray Languages app. Please note you will not be able to save the files to your computer.

If you would like to access the title on Kindle you will need to purchase via the website then download an installable application file from our website and install it on your device.


Martyn Ellis & Rosa María Martín:
Rosa María Martín is Director of the Language Learning Unit at Queen Mary and Westfield College and an experienced language teacher and adviser. Martyn Ellis is the Principal of Target Language Services and is a renowned specialist in language teaching and learning. Both are best-selling authors of several language-teaching series, including the 4-part schools Spanish course Aventura.



Gabby commented on Pasos 1 Spanish Beginner's Course (Fourth Edition): Coursebook from Pasos 1 Spanish Beginner's Course (Fourth Edition): Coursebook: so hold on, I bought the coursebook and activity book, there was no cd or dvd in and turned out I can by that here for �20 pounds? it cost me already 20 to buy the book itself