This is an introductory course in the language in which the student learns the sound system and the rudiments of the five basic skills - listening, comprehension, reading, speaking and writing. The student learns basic sentence structures and begins to communicate in the language, both in oral and written forms. Students are encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible to communicate and are expected to participate orally at their level in all discussions. Homework is assigned to reinforce language skills. The student is introduced to Hispanic culture and customs through the use of language itself, videos, Internet sites and readings. Cultural focus: Overview of Hispanic world.