Spanish: Introductory

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Course description

This introduction to Spanish is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of the language. Here, you will acquire basic pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar, as well as conversation skills through practice in pairs and small groups. Videos and audiovisual materials will enrich the content of your classes and teach important aspects of culture. 

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Acquire good pronunciation of the language
  • Be able to introduce themselves, using the appropriate greetings and responses
  • Learn to recognize gender by using the correct definite and indefinite articles
  • Learn how to form the singular and plural of nouns and use them appropriately
  • Learn to count from 0 to 100, and be able to do basic math equations
  • Learn to conjugate and feel comfortable with the use of the verb ser and estar.
  • Learn the conjugation of the most common regular and irregular verbs in the Present Tense
  • Write simple affirmative, interrogative and negative sentences, using the appropriate grammar structure.
  • Be able to ask basic questions, using the various question words such as cómo, cuándo, cuánto, por qué, etc.
  • Learn idiomatic expressions that have no exact translation in English
  • Tell the time

Prerequisites

This introduction to the Spanish language is designed for those students who have no previous knowledge of the language.

We encourage students to participate in our language courses more than one time in order to truly learn the material taught over 10 lessons. It also gives you additional exposure to varying activities within each topic.

World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

Textbook:

Complete Spanish Step-by-Step, by Barbara Bregstein with McGraw-Hill (mandatory).

Online Learning:

Our Online Hybrid language courses create an environment for both real-time communication and self-paced practice on the internet between instructors and students from different locations.

Our language classes are offered in both synchronous mode (Zoom) and asynchronous mode (Moodle). The dual modes allows the instructors to present the content of a course online while maintaining the richness of conversations in a virtual classroom setting and ensuring the guidance of students on a continuous basis. The synchronous exchanges with the instructor and the other learner’s takes place in real time by; videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing.  Each week, you login at a set time for the class instruction complete with individual, pair and group work, ask questions and receive verbal feedback from your instructor. The asynchronous learning, on the other hand, enables the students to access materials and resources at their own convenience during the week. Educational activities can take different forms, such as exercises, readings, forums, audio /video files, quizzes, etc.

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