The cultural content of Introductory Spanish I will be introduced at two different levels. Matters of lifestyle specific to Hispanic countries will be explored in the context of language instruction. Other major cultural topics, such as history, politics, and the arts, will be the object of separate lessons. The language content of the course will introduce the basic structures and vocabulary of the Spanish language. Through the use of in-class exercises, web-based activities and rich presentations of Hispanic culture, students will acquire the confidence necessary to travel, explore, and experience the diversity and uniqueness of the Spanish communities in Latin America, as well as the growing Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and Canada.