Spanish I


This is a full-year course.

In this class students will learn communicative aspects of the Spanish language that will allow them to express their thoughts and needs. We have human experiences in common with the people of Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Spoken by 400 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world (Mandarin Chinese is first). People who speak Spanish share a perspective of the world that is reflected in the words and word order they use to express their ideas and emotions.

The main objective in this course is for students to acquire a beginning level of communication in Spanish. This elementary level of language learning will allow them to understand a native speaker of Spanish in short conversations and learn basic vocabulary to make themselves understood in everyday life. In order to embark on this language learning adventure, students will need to study the vocabulary, grammar, history, and culture that will assure their success. This class will be conducted in Spanish most of the time. In the first class students will learn to say the basic questions in order to ask for clarification or to expand on new concepts presented. All instructions, exercises, and comments will be presented first in Spanish and later in English (although students should request additional information in English any time they want).


Myriam Borges Thompson

Class Details

Live Class: Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 ET. Students unable to attend the live class will be able to access the recorded class online.

Duration: Full year

Student Expectations:
Each week there will be a recording of new vocabulary words, phrases, and expressions. Students should listen, repeat, and practice for a few minutes every day. Sometimes there will be a song or refrain to learn. After the third week, students will be encourage to listen to additional recordings of short stories, selections, and poems. Students will submit weekly assignments, complete unit quizzes, and work with dialogues and class exercises.  

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email. Office hours will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

Feedback will be provided on assignments, quizzes, and classwork.  


Students should be comfortable using a dictionary.