This is a single-volume intermediate Spanish programme which places readings at the core of each chapter. Literary and contemporary authentic readings serve as a basis for vocabulary development, grammar and language skills and pair and group activities encourage communication. The readings in the first unit have been revised to help ease the transition into the second year, these include poems, magazine extracts and a Hispanic fairytale. There is also an in-text Internet page connected to a text-specific web site. Students who do not have access to the Internet can still work with these sections, but their experience will not be as rich. Every unit and chapter is established around a set of proficiency functions that are spiralled throughout the text, this gives additional pratice to the more frequent functions. The functions are sequenced according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.