Have you wanted to learn Spanish so you can communicate face-to-face when you take that long-dreamed of trip to the sunny beaches of Mexico, Central or South America? Have you noticed that you hear more Spanish being spoken in the various community locations you frequent such as grocery, hardware and department stores? Are you curious about the culture of the people that now constitute the largest ethnic minority in the United States? Have you come to the conclusion that being able to communicate in Spanish would greatly increase your professional or academic flexibility and value? Has it been a while since you studied Spanish, or have you always wanted to study the language but not had the opportunity? Maybe you have had the opportunity of informal exposure to the language but lack any formal instruction. Perhaps you had the opportunity to study Spanish during a previous educational experience but have forgotten some of what you learned, and want to recover and build on that previously-acquired knowledge. Any of these situations make Spanish - First Year the perfect place for you to begin or continue your journey.
Students will acquire the skills to understand written and oral language and to express themselves in written and oral language about the following: greetings, introductions, expressions of courtesy, academic life, days of the week, schedules, family, identifying and describing people, professions and occupations, leisure activities, sports, asking for and giving directions within a city or campus, travel and vacation arrangements and activities, months and seasons of the year and weather. Students acquire the following grammatical structures: use of the verbs hay and gustar , conjugation of verbs in the present tense including stem-changing verbs, ser and estar , noun/adjective agreement, subject/verb agreement, and various idiomatic expressions related to the topics studied.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. Students should expect a few hours of synchronous (scheduled) time per week. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.