Spanish I


In this course students will learn communicative aspects of the Spanish language that will allow them to express their thoughts and needs. Spoken by 400 million native speakers in Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world (Mandarin Chinese is first). People who speak Spanish share a perspective of the world that is reflected in the words and word order they use to express their ideas and emotions.

The main objective of this course is for students to acquire a beginning level of communication in Spanish. This level of language learning will allow them to understand a native speaker of Spanish in short conversations and to make themselves understood in everyday life. To achieve this, students will need to study vocabulary, grammar, history, and culture.

This course will be conducted in Spanish most of the time. In the first class, students will learn to ask basic questions in Spanish in order to ask for clarification of the information presented. All instructions, exercises, and comments will be presented first in Spanish and later in English (although students may request additional information in English any time they want).

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Students must attend the live classes.

Student Expectations: Each week there will be a recording of new vocabulary words, phrases, and expressions. Students should listen, repeat, and practice for twenty minutes every day. Sometimes there will be a song or a refrain to learn. After the third week, students will be encouraged to listen to additional recordings of short stories, selections, and poems. Students will submit weekly assignments, complete unit quizzes, and work with dialogues and class exercises.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be provided on assignments, quizzes, and classwork.

Materials: All necessary reading and study materials will be provided and posted online. Students must have a good Spanish-English dictionary, a class notebook, 3×5-inch index cards, drawing paper, and pencils.

Prerequisites: None


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