Spanish 1 aims to develop basic communicative language skills to prepare students to take higher-level Spanish courses. In this course, students will gain oral and written language proficiency following a communicative language learning approach. Students will develop understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture and learn and practice basic tenses and linguistic structures (daily routine, likes and dislikes, present and future tenses, etc.). Grammar is not taught explicitly in the classroom; instead students are expected to study the material beforehand and practice it in class. Students will learn Spanish through a variety of activities such as reading, listening, writing, and speaking in contextualized situations that will give them the opportunity to use the language to complete different tasks. Class time is to be used primarily for oral communication and practice, for this reason, the class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.
This course is appropriate for students with up to 2 years of high school Spanish, or no previous Spanish experience. Spanish 1 is not open to students that learned or speak Spanish with family.
* This class requires about twelve hours of outside preparation in addition to your class time. If you do not have enough time to devote to this class, plan to take it at another time.