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Spanish for Beginners

OVERVIEW

CEA Partner Institution: CEA Seville Center
Location: Seville, Spain
Primary Subject Area: Spanish Language & Literature
Instruction in: Spanish
Course Code: SPN105
Course Details: Level 100
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: None

DESCRIPTION

This course is designed for students who wish to develop a novice level of Spanish. The principal aims of this language course are to encourage communication and the development of competency and proficiency of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). You will also have the opportunity of understanding culture, using a communicative approach to second language acquisition.

The structure of the course focuses particularly on basic strategies and structures for communicating on daily situations. You will learn to talk about yourself, your community and the world around you in Spanish. You will start out asking and answering questions, then you will narrate events about the present and the past, make comparisons, and eventually you will be able to express your opinions. During class time, you will be required to frequently use Spanish in order to solve activities that demand communicative exchanges. These individual or group-based tasks will offer you contexts for exploring and synthesizing vocabulary, grammar structures or language functions necessary for accomplishing the activity.

The course reveals the close link between language and culture. By completing different types of tasks such as field studies or onsite research, you will explore and contrast cultural aspects which define Spanish society. Exploring markets and universities, and structured interviews with members of the local community will give you a unique chance to rapidly implement your linguistic development in real-life.
You will be also encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities, such as music concerts, cooking classes, exploring museums and parks, exploring different parts of your host city and Spain, or language-exchange opportunities in order to promote your knowledge of Spanish and Spanish people, developing sensitivity towards cultural differences and understanding the ways in which culture and language interlock.

By the end of the course, you are expected to have developed a strong understanding of basic grammar and lexical structures, so that you'll be able to conduct a simple conversation and to write short and basic texts with some degree of competency. You will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type; speak about yourself and your family; introduce people; ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have; speak about your experiences in the past; interact with the host community and follow short and simple conversations.

Class size never exceeds 15 students so that you have sufficient opportunities to practice your spoken Spanish and receive personal attention from your instructor.
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