Encouraging the exploration of "free expression" in Spanish on universal topics of importance and interest,Conversacion y controversiastimulates creative, critical thinking for students in conversation courses at the intermediate level and higher. The topics covered are lively, controversial, and interesting and were specifically selected because they deal with ideas that almost everyone has an opinion on. As in previous editions,Conversacion y controversia, Fifth Editionfosters progress in oral communication, and challenges students to present arguments, to persuade, and to analyze and interpret the opinions of others. Features Includes particularly timely and up-to-date topics such as terrorism, Spanglish, immigration, and the UN. Written completely in Spanish without translations, encouraging students to "think" in Spanish and break away from mentally translating to or from English. Pro/Con debates give students a springboard to engage in challenging and exciting verbal exchanges, improving their use of the language. Exchanges of ideas allow students to develop their oral conversation and confidence in an atmosphere of friendly controversy, rather than by having the "right answer" or reviewing grammatical concepts.Iorillo, Nino R. is the author of 'Conversacion Y Controversia Topicos De Hoy Y De Siempre', published 2003 under ISBN 9780131838215 and ISBN 0131838210.