Introductory Spanish 1 is the first in a series of courses designed to help you become proficient in Spanish while gaining a comprehensive insight into the cultures of Spanish expression. The premise on which this course relies is that language and culture are inseparable. Language is one of the most important vehicles for a culture, but language itself is shaped by that particular culture. The cultural content of the course will be introduced at two different levels. Matters of lifestyle specific to Hispanic countries will be introduced along with language instruction. Other major cultural aspects, such as history, politics, and the arts, will be the object of separate presentations. The course will be enriched with readings, CDs, videos and films.
In this course, you will learn the basic structures and vocabulary of the Spanish language which will permit you to interact effectively with the diverse Spanish population. Interactive pair work and group work will motivate you not only to speak Spanish in the class, but also permit you to feel confident about using it to communicate in real life situations outside of the class. Through the use of web-based activities and a rich presentation of Hispanic culture, you will acquire the confidence necessary to travel, explore and experience the diversity and uniqueness of the Spanish communities located primarily in the United States, Mexico, and Central American countries such as Costa Rica, as well as the growing Spanish communities that live in the big cities in Canada.