This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language focusing on written and oral communication and comprehension. Vocabulary enhancement, such as learning everyday key words and phrases, will also be a main objective in order for students to gain conversational skills. Students will be introduced to basic grammar rules including: ser/estar, gustar, tener and the use of the preterit and imperfect verb tenses. Students will learn to express likes, dislikes, opinions wishes, feelings and judgments. They will also learn how to ask for and give information and describe physical and personality traits. By studying colloquial as well as formal speech, students will learn the basics of Spanish communication and comprehension.
In addition, this course will begin to introduce students to more formal composition and sentence structures. Lessons will incorporate the four skills of communication: speaking, writing, listening and reading. The elements of composition including spelling, phonetics and punctuation will be studied as well as the construction of descriptive, narrative and persuasive texts. Written narration of events will be taught using adverbial subordination to describe time, place and mood.