Juan Gonzalez book signing is April 17

(04-08-2009)

Dr. Juan Gonzalez, associate professor of Spanish, will sign copies of his newly published book, "Mastering Spanish Irregular Verbs: A Simplified Approach and Visual Guide for Spanish Verb Fluency", co-written by Dr. Dan Bishop, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, April 17 in the Adams State College Student Union Building, near the Bookstore.

Bishop, a retired chemistry professor from University of Colorado, Boulder, approached González, with the idea to write the book a couple of years ago. According to Gonzalez, Bishop used science theory and logic to acquisition Spanish verbs. "Even most doctorates in Spanish are put to the test with some Spanish verbs. The book organizes the structure based on patterns," Gonzalez said.

Bishop taught himself Spanish. "I was going along fine but having trouble with all the irregularities in verb conjugations that I encountered. Well, chemists are very analytically oriented people who have a knack for seeing patterns in things and like to organize everything in a highly systematic fashion, so I took this natural predilection and began to work through the morass of irregular verbs." He decided he wanted to help others in the same situation.

When choosing a collaborator, Bishop said he needed someone who speaks Spanish fluently and teaches Spanish. He wanted the book to be both technically correct and pedagogically sound. "In spite of his own busy schedule, Dr. Gonzalez was gracious enough to accept my offer of collaboration. I could not be more satisfied with our partnership in this endeavor."

After the two collaborated, Gonzalez said the original document took on another level from the initial idea. "The final form is friendly and I am very proud of the final product."

According to http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Spanish-Irregular-Verbs-Simplified/dp/1440115362/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236782932&sr=1-1, Craig Werner, PhD, Chair, Integrated Liberal Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison said, learning verb conjugations and dealing with irregular verbs in the Spanish language is a serious challenge for many English speakers. Gonzalez and Bishop developed a unique visual framework within which students can more easily learn Spanish verb irregularities. "Mastering Spanish Irregular Verbs" is an excellent reference volume for Spanish teachers and students alike. The verb classification scheme, visual presentations, and comprehensive verb lists significantly help the reader along the road to Spanish fluency.

For more information contact Dr. Juan Gonzalez at 719-587-7804.

By Linda Relyea