Spanish I is a BEGINNING course. The objective of this course is to provide the student with an introductory/novice understanding of the Spanish language, focusing on communication and proficiency. This course focuses on the 3 modes of communication: interpretive mode (understanding what is heard and read); interpersonal mode (speaking with another; writing informally); and the presentational mode (speaking in front of others; writing formally). All 3 modes are practiced using knowledge of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. We aim for students to be able to use all 3 modes of communication in culturally appropriate ways. Students will also discover differences and similiarities between Spanish speaking countries and their own culture!