It presents the basics of Spanish grammar using a balanced, eclectic approach that stresses all four skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The program has always emphasized the active, practical use of Spanish for communication in highfrequency situations. The completely redesigned seventh edition features all new art and a streamlined, color-coded layout. A special effort has been made to enhance the cultural presentation and integration by focusing on culture on a unit level, and giving more substance to the smaller culture notes throughout each lesson. Each of the seven units contains the following features: Unit-Opener Spread Each unit begins with a list of communicative objectives for the two lessons included in that unit. This list serves to focus your attention on important linguistic functions and vocabulary you will encounter and to help you gain a sense of accomplishment when you finish a unit. Captioned photos and maps give you a first impression of the countries presented in each unit.