Hablando seriamenteis intended for use in third or fourth year Spanish conversation and composition classes at the college level. It emphasizes a carefully structured approach to acquiring and retaining vocabulary and achieving a higher level of conversation proficiency. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on an engaging high-interest topic. New pre-reading activities lead into a reading that provides background information on the topic as a basis for discussion. TheExpansio'n de vocabulariosection then provides essential vocabulary for comprehending and discussing the essays and for working with the exercises that follow. These exercises will develop reading comprehension skills, build vocabulary, and improve students' ability to express and defend their ideas and feelings.Benítez, Ruben is the author of 'Hablando Seriamente Textos Y Pretextos Para Conversar Y Discutir', published 2000 under ISBN 9780130307576 and ISBN 0130307572.