Elementary Spanish I
This introductory course teaches beginning language acquisition in a cultural context through listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students will interact with authentic language in cultural context.
The content for this course will be taught within a cultural context.
- Culture: Characteristics of Spanish speaking countries such as, but not limited to:
- Historical dates and sites
- Traditions and customs
- Current events
- Daily life
- Culturally appropriate vocabulary
- Variations of Spanish pronunciation and alphabet
- Nouns and articles
- Present tense of regular verbs and the progressive
- Subject and verb agreement
- Formation, placement, usage, and agreement of adjectives
- Use of periphrastic verbal expressions necesitar, tener que, hay que, ir a, tener ganas de, etc.
- Use of the following constructions: [ir+a+infinitive] and [acabar+de+infinitive]
- Ser vs. Estar
- Gustar and similar verbs
- Interrogative words
- Introduction to the Preterite
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
Note: The objectives for this course will be emphasized in a cultural context.
- Understand the cultural nuances of everyday life in the Hispanic world;
- Communicate orally and in writing in a variety of meaningful real life activities moving toward the intermediate level of proficiency on the national ACTFL scale (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages);
- Greet and express leave-taking phrases by comparing and contrasting appropriate phrases used in Spanish speaking countries;
- Express likes and dislikes/wishes and preferences;
- Obtain information about people, places and things;
- Describe self, family and friends and understand the value of family in the Hispanic world;
- Express feelings;
- State future plans;
- Talk about daily routines;
- Interact in a basic phone conversation;
- Order in a restaurant in a culturally appropriate way;
- Plan for a trip;
- Express some commands by understanding the importance of formality when talking to strangers; and
- Talk about some events in the past
May include, but are not limited to pre and post assessments, brief presentations, exams, short compositions, quizzes, tests, oral interviews, journals, and dictation.
“Vistas,” “Puntos de Partida,” “Arriba,” “Dos Mundos.”