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Course Title
Beginning Spanish I


This course is designed for students with little or no exposure to the Spanish language. Students will be introduced to fundamental vocabulary, grammar, speaking skills and cultural traits that will allow them to communicate through written and oral exercises.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of syntax of language, including verb conjugation, gender of nouns, use and placement of articles
  • Express basic thoughts in the present tense such as time, personal information, and foods
  • Demonstrate correct pronunciation, even of unfamiliar works, in Spanish
  • Express an understanding of some cultural characteristics of Spanish speaking countries


Certain vocabulary will be covered in each lesson.

Preliminary Lesson I:

  1. Greetings and farewells
  2. Cardinal numbers 0-39
  3. The alphabet
  4. Days of the week
  5. Months of the year
  6. Colors

Preliminary Lesson II:

  1. Gender and number
  2. Definite and indefinite articles
  3. Subject pronouns
  4. Present indicative of ser
  5. Uses of hay
  6. Cardinal numbers 40-299

Lesson I

  1. Present indicative of regular -ar verbs
  2. Interrogative and negative sentences
  3. Forms and positions of adjectives
  4. Telling time
  5. Cardinal numbers 300-1000

Lesson II

  1. Agreement of articles, nouns, and adjectives
  2. Present indicative of regular -er and -ir verbs
  3. Possession with de
  4. Possessive adjectives
  5. The personal a

Lesson III

  1. Irregular verbs ir, dar, and estar
  2. IR a+ infinitive
  3. Uses of the verbs ser and estar
  4. Contractions




Method of Instruction

Presentation of new material, repetition, substitution and transposition.  Promotion of conversation, making use of all subject matter and grammatical concepts. Instructors may supplement with field trips or additional material. 


Exam: None

Demonstration of Skills: Class attendance and participation

Class participation: Expected