Introduction to Spanish is an important course to take, especially with over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Not only does learning a second language improve your chances of landing a job, but Spanish is also an important course for those looking to pursue a career in international relations, law or anything that requires overseas travel.

Spanish—America’s second-most spoken native language—is always evolving, and the results of ongoing scholarship in language learning are valuable to the millions of students who will become interpreters, publishing specialists, foreign service officers and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date Introduction to Spanish textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

Introduction to Spanish

1. Introduction to Spanish | Top Hat

Authors: Tony Erben (University of Tampa) and Silvina Iglesias (University of Tampa)

In Top Hat’s textbook, Spanish extends beyond the page with cultural explorations of Spanish-speaking countries and custom grammar videos. Assessment questions are incorporated in each chapter to test students’ comprehension.

Average Price: Up to 40–60 percent more affordable
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2. Vistas | Vista Higher Learning

Authors: Jose A. Blanco and Philip R. Donley

The 6th edition of Vista Higher Learning’s Vista helps students engage with material via pronunciation tutorials, build confidence through video virtual chats and immediately provides feedback through a summative vocabulary review activity.

Average Price: $207 (text and Supersite Plus Code)
Edition: 6th edition
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3. Aventuras | Vista Higher Learning

Authors: Jose A. Blanco and Philip R. Donley

The latest edition of this textbook offers simplified presentations for grammar and vocabulary, student-friendly lessons and emphasizes Spanish culture.

Average Price: $222 (text and Supersite Plus Code)
Edition: 5th edition
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4. Mosaicos | Pearson

Authors: Elizabeth E. Guzmán (University of Iowa) et al.

With an emphasis on culture and language and Integrated Performance Assessments to measure learning outcomes, Pearson’s tome also features inclusive activities that invite students with all learning styles to participate. Access to the online learning platform MyLab Spanish sold separately.

Average Price: $173 (text only)
Edition: 7th edition
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Learn more and get a preview of Top Hat’s Introduction to Spanish textbook here.