Elementary Spanish I


Objectives: * To understand and produce very commonly used sentences to satisfy immediate needs. * To introduce yourself and others and to ask and answer questions about personal details such as the place where you live, people you know and things you have. * To be able to have basic interactions with people who speak clearly, slowly and are ready to cooperate. * To understand simple and brief written and audiovisual texts in Spanish.

An introduction to Spanish communicative competences, with stress in basic interaction, reading and writing integrating cultural content.

The Spanish Language Program seeks to foster and sustain a continued progress in the development of a student’s language proficiency throughout their undergraduate career. Specifically, our program aims to educate students so that they will be able to successfully function not only in everyday Spanish-language environments, but also particularly in Spanish-language academic contexts, which require a precise, informed language proficiency, with activities (from the earliest levels) that are not limited to functionally communicating in daily foreign-language contexts, but that include, among other tasks, understanding and interpreting literary and cultural texts, listening to lectures and taking notes, participating in class discussions, understanding the grammatical inner-workings of the target language, answering exam questions, delivering oral presentations on complex topics, doing research, and writing papers in the target language.

This means that, throughout the four semesters of Spanish, the curriculum is designed to teach and train students to the steady and successful acquisition of a pedagogical, operational approach to a usage-based Spanish grammar, as well as a broad general knowledge of diverse literary and cultural artifacts that will provide them with a background knowledge of relevant historical and cultural developments, and the basic methodological and linguistic tools necessary for a critical cultural analysis of these artifacts in an academic context.

Through the application of this ‘integrated curriculum’, we therefore build our courses in a meaningful, motivated foreign language instruction for specific (academic) purposes that focuses on grammatical form from a cognitive perspective, and a task-based, collaborative approach to the learning of language and culture as a whole.

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Students must take the Department´s Placement Examination


Bundled version (@ Columbia Bookstore or Book Culture)

ISBN 13: 9781323788424

1) Gente. Ernesto Martín Peris y Neus Sans Baulenas (2011, Customized Columbia/Barnard Edition)Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall

 2) My Spanish Lab (on-line workbook):


a) Access code for Myspanishlab (comes with your textbook)

b) Course ID: (To be provided by your instructor once classes start).

3) - Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Alonso, Rosario et al. Pearson Custom Publishing; Custom edition

ISBN: 9788484434375 (stand alone)