What’s unique about the Charo y Lee approach?

• Culture is built into the stories. It is not a side topic.

• Stories are in present tense, but later the characters write about what happened in the past tense. Natural usage of tenses promotes their acquisition. Level two uses mostly past tense but much of the dialog is in the present tense. Tenses come naturally in a conversational approach.

• The curriculum is written for public high school students, but there are suggestions for other applications such as adult education and private schools.

• The book is filled with numerous ideas on what to say to generate teacher talk: Personalized questions, jokes, anecdotes, historical tidbits, etc.

• There are crazy stories, stories with mild humor and even a few serious stories to give some variety. Teachers can choose what type of story works best for their classes.

• The book includes all tests and quizzes ready to go. Teachers won’t have to spend time creating assessments and can concentrate on teaching.

• Assessments cover all 5 foreign language skill areas and address Bloom’s taxonomy.

  1. The book has worksheets and homework possibilities for students. Assignments are designed to lead to more exploration of the language and are not busy work.

• Readers follow the vocabulary of the curriculum, but can be stand-alone readers as well. Pío Pista is written in a unique way: From the first person perspective. Each reader has essentially 5 stories in one.

  1. Songs accompany the series. There are 5 duets featuring Charo y Lee for each level. Plus there are some cultural songs included as a bonus.

• Check out the online resources offered on this website. There is great online support.