Joan Miró "Harlequin's Carnival"
The Level I Spanish language course focuses on the development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. Often, the major means of communication between students and instructors will be in the target language. Through consistent and comprehensible exposure to grammatically correct language, students develop an "ear" for language. Fluency is promoted by allowing students to proceed with natural language acquisition. The focus will be on the five areas of language competency: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural competence. Performance-based assessments are used to measure achievement. Such measurements demonstrate what the student can “do” using the language.