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. 

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.

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 students who have no previous knowledge of the language. Or if you:

  • know a few words and phrases, but would not be able to hold a basic survival situation type conversation (ordering food, asking for bus information, getting a hotel room price, etc.). You have no writing skills in the language, but can recognize some written words.
  • can introduce yourself and ask someone's name. You can ask and answer the questions, "How are you? Where are you from?". You can handle some basic survival situations such as ordering a meal. You know the alphabet and some numbers.

Textbook:

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

Online Learning:

Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.

Dates

World Language courses are offered three times per year:

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

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

The online section of this course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).